We are in dangerous waters.
Christmas day is the Holy Grail of cheat days. I don’t know about you, but adult-me gets more excited about the food on Xmas than kid-me used to get about presents.
However, it’s also a time of stress for us here at Nufit. Not because of the huge volumes of desserts consumed, but because of the huge amount of diets and training plans abandoned.
People use Christmas as an opportunity to forget about why they were working so hard in the first place, and to fall back into bad habits.
Here is our condensed guide to the most important steps to take after Christmas: to help your body and mind stay on track for your goals.
There are two reasons this is number one on our list.
Most people tend to sink enough liquid courage on Christmas to supply a Frat party. As we know, alcohol has a significant dehydrating effect on our bodies. Not only does this leave you with a head-splitting hangover, but also exerts a great deal of stress on our bodies.
The absolute last thing we want is for you to spend Boxing Day feeling tired, fatigued, and weak. We will talk more about how to push through this feeling a bit further down…
Don’t pretend you’re not going to eat four helpings of potato salad followed by double the amount of Xmas pudding… We know how it works. But here’s why it’s important to drink more water:
When you consume carbs, your body converts them to glycogen, which is then stored in the muscles for energy. For every gram of glycogen stored, you gain approximately 2.7 grams of water.
This water retention occurs because your kidneys hold on to sodium in response to carbohydrate consumption.
Your body reacts to the higher sodium levels by storing more water to keep the sodium-blood concentration at a healthy level.
Without adequate water consumption, your body will quickly become dehydrated due to all that Xmas eating.
So we recommend adding another 2-3 to the usual 8 glasses/day, AND another 2 if you’re training…which brings us to our second point:
Want to put everything you’ve worked for in 2016 at risk?
Take unnecessary rest days post-Christmas.
This might sound extreme, but we find every single year that the week starting 26th of December is where the greatest number of good habits are broken.
So if you want a sure-fire way to stop your New Years’ Resolutions from happening, then feel free to make bad decisions come Boxing Day.
But if you are serious and committed to smashing your goals (which you will be if you’ve been through our 28-Day Transform Challenge), then make the right choice and get straight back into it!
3. Don’t Under-Eat
“Ugh I ate so much turkey yesterday, guess I will just not eat until dinner today” said the ABSOLUTE ROOKIE.
Holiday Binge-Eating (and drinking) will already be messing up your insulin sensitivity and metabolic rate.
Please don’t make this worse by under-eating in the following days. Please.
It might be counter-intuitive, but you need to get back into your full-calorie nutrition plan ASAP if you want to lose those Christmas kilos.
If you need help making a nutrition plan, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will set you up with a free over-the-phone nutrition consultation.
4. More Fibre!
This one is pretty straight forward.
You’ve consumed about five times more food than usual.
Most of it is heavy, stodgy, or slow digesting.
And to top it off, you probably didn’t eat all your greens!
That is why it is absolutely essential to significantly up your fibre intake in the following days, to ensure that your gut stays healthy and keeps everything mobile (no more detail required…)
Best ways to increase your fibre intake are green smoothies (not juices) and psyllium husk. You can get this at the supermarket, or you can buy it from most supplement stores at a discounted price. If you’re taking it, don’t go overboard with the dosage! You’ve been warned…
Increased load on our digestion will significantly impact our gut fauna – the complex community of microorganisms that live in our digestive tracts.
It is super important that we replenish the good bacteria in our gut, or we will be unable to properly digest and assimilate food.
We believe in the benefits of quality probiotics to the point that members of our TRANSFORM28 program get access to the highest quality, Pharmaceutical-Grade probiotics from Designs For Health.
We highly recommend not spending cheaply on probiotics, as they are a living organism that we ingest and as such, higher quality makes a much more significant difference to our health.
That’s basically an abridged version of a holiday-season plan that we would give to our clients.
Of course, each of our members have different strengths, weaknesses and needs; just like you. We all require personalised strategies to get us through the Christmas period with momentum.
But if you haven’t got it right this Christmas, it’s not too late.
We have a limited number of spots left in our Transform 28 Day Nutrition Challenge, discounted only until the end of 2016.
If you want to smash your New Year’s Resolution and lose those Christmas kilos, we would love to get you there. Click here to find out more.