With December well and truly underway, Denis takes a few minutes to give you his top tips on surviving the Festive period. It’s the time of year to enjoy yourself, don’t let stress get to you.

Keep to your meal times

Try to keep to your usual meal times as much as possible, breakfast, lunch and dinner rather than constantly grazing on ‘finger food’ and leftovers! Make sure these meals are protein rich (leftover turkey anyone?) and filling so that you’re not constantly tempted to snack.

If you have 5 meals out to attend, have a look at the menus beforehand and work out which ones have healthy options. Decide which night out you want to be a ‘blow out’ and try to choose body friendly meals for the rest. Fish dishes, steak and bun less burgers are all great options that don’t draw attention to the fact that you’re watching what you eat!

Switch to spirits

Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve, family get togethers,  These often come hand in hand with a steady supply of boozy drinks! Switch your wine and beer to clear spirits and calorie free mixers and you might not ward off a nasty hangover but you’ll definitely consume fewer calories in the process

Let’s keep moving

Don’t let one week of Christmas turn into one month of Chaos! Highlight the days you’ll be ‘Christ-massing’ and stick to your routine either side of it! Why wait until January to get back on track?!

Even if you can’t find the time to make it to the studio, get out and do something! There are loads of alternatives you can avail of from online, including our #fitusin videos on our social media.

Hide that Chocolate or Wrap that Chocolate!

Don’t leave a big tub of chocolates within reaching distance. Out of sight, out of mind. Bring them out when you have guests and put them away again afterwards!

If you do end up with endless boxes of chocolate and a tonne of left over party food why not take it to a local food bank! A good deed and a good deal of calories saved!

Get your family and friends involved

Let your family know that you’re following a healthier lifestyle and that you’d appreciate support instead of peer pressure to ‘have just one more’ – you never know, you might even encourage them to join you on that walk!

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