A Brighton & Hove Personal Trainer’s Top Tips to Avoid Festive Overindulgence


It’s that time of year for a busy personal trainer; Gav O’Brien who operates across Brighton and Hove to help motivate clients not to give up on their hard fought weight loss through festive overindulgence.

The festive season is heralded each year by the metre high walls of Quality Street chocolates at the entrance of supermarkets, staff Christmas parties, client entertainment not to mention the Christmas markets with their vast array of food and drink to temp you to ditch your healthy diet and begin the month long binge fest of overindulgence.

Here’s the thing, there isn’t a rule to say that you must overindulge! Why squander all your efforts made in 2019 for the sake of a mince pie or ten. Here then, are Brighton based 3Fs Personal Training top 12 tips to fight the battle of the bulge this Christmas:

  1. Avoid the daily and seemingly endless treats at your office, the box of Quality Street, the homemade mince pies, sausage rolls and cheese straws. However, if you really must, just have one or two mid-morning on one day of the week and take yourself off for a decent walk during your lunch break.     
  2. Fill up by eating more of the healthy foods so that when it comes to pudding you’re already feeling full. Think turkey, pork and chicken, potatoes and other vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and cabbage.
  3. Avoid crisps and peanuts and instead snack on veggie crudités and a handful of nuts.
  4. Make sure you eat two meals a day before the big evening dinner. Otherwise you will be starving hungry and likely to eat way too much.
  5. Keep alcohol to a minimum but if you’re going to drink go for a glass of wine instead of eggnog or other festive cocktail.
  6. Change your thought process. If you expect to eat in excess during the festive period then chances are you will. However, if you treat the festive meal like any other roast dinner, you’ll likely keep your eating under control.
  7. When hitting the parties for a night out stand well away from the buffet table so that you don’t graze the whole night through.
  8. Keep up with your exercise routine with Gav O’Brien your favourite Brighton based personal trainer, and, if you do over indulge book an extra personal session to cancel out your calorie blowout.  
  9. Portion control by serving yourself, this way you’ll keep your portions smaller and even skip completely the things you’re not that keen on such as sprouts.
  10. Get distracted by making a point to engage with others in conversation, this way you’ll be distracted from the plentiful food and drink.
  11. Don’t eat to please others even if your favourite auntie has made you her famous Eaton Mess, unless you really want to, and even then try a couple of spoonfuls rather than a massive bowlful.
  12. Pace yourself by eating slowly and wait at least 20 minutes before going back for a second helping.

So there you have it, 3Fs Personal Training tips to avoid the festive ‘moment on the lips and a lifetime of the hips’ overindulgence.      

How a Brighton based personal trainer can help you If you find that your good intentions of trying not to over indulge goes awry this Christmas, then kick-start a new healthier, fitter and slimmer you for the New Year by booking ten personal training sessions for January. I have helped scores of clients’ right across Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area shed pounds each New Year. Call Gav on 07730 038830 or email gav@3fspt.co.uk today!

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