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The Christmas run-in can lead to serious weight gain unless you put hard work into planning and working to avoid the worst of it.

The Christmas run-in can lead to serious weight gain unless you put hard work into planning and working to avoid the worst of it.

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The Christmas run-in can lead to serious weight gain unless you put hard work into planning and working to avoid the worst of it.

This time of year can be treacherous when it comes to undoing all your hard work in the gym and discipline with food.

Second only to the honeymoon, the Christmas run-in can lead to serious weight gain unless you put hard work into planning and working to avoid the worst of it. These tips are ones I use with my clients to get them through, and we have had great success. Take a read through and see how they could help you.

1) Plan your training sessions every Sunday in your diary

Each Sunday, sit down with your diary and plan out your exercise for the week ahead - when can you fit in your sessions, what day, time and where. Once these are in your diary, make a commitment to yourself that, no matter what happens, you are going to stick to these sessions.

2) Buddy up

This is the time of year you can gain the most from a training buddy. You help each other out when the weather is bad or when you just don't feel like exercising. When you do get out to train, the time goes faster because you keep one another company.

3) Don't try to do too much

One of the most common mistakes people make is trying to do too much each week, which results in missing sessions, becoming frustrated and a experiencing sense of failure when the sessions aren't done.

4) Take water in between each drink

We all like a drink every now and again, especially at Christmas. But one of the best ways to limit the damage is to have a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. This reduces the amount of alcohol you consume and slashes the level of dehydration too. If you are out for dinner, always have a glass of water beside your glass of wine, and sip from both during the dinner. Once again, this helps reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.

5) Eat before you go out

If you go out to a function on an empty stomach, chances are you will end up eating all of the high-calorie, low-quality finger food, which can be properly addictive! Instead, before you go out, ensure you have a proper meal so you feel full during the function.

6) Slow it down

More often than not, we eat and drink too fast. This results in eating and drinking more than we want or need to. You should slow things down, savour the flavour and actually taste your food. This gives you enough time to fill up and means you will eat and drink less.

7) Stick to the 12-hour rule

Ideally, you should eat all your food in a 12-hour window. This gives your body enough time to digest and process the food you put into your system, which improves your digestion, your energy levels and how you feel generally.

These tips will guide you through the worst Christmas dinners and functions can throw at you!

I was just wondering if you had any tips to get though all the Christmas parties that I have coming up without putting on too much weight?

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