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Want To Avoid The Festive Bulge?


Friday, December 19th, 2008 Want To Avoid The Festive Bulge?

Joe Fournier, author of The Red Carpet Workout, reveals how Hollywood stars avoid the festive bulge (19 12 08).

It has been suggested that no one can look good at all times. More particularly, it’s hard at this time of year when there is so much temptation to over-indulge.

It is important to remember that Christmas is only one day of the year, treat it at that and enjoy the day. What is advised is not to spend days on end over-eating and drinking to excess.

Some advice for you party revellers. Before finishing work it is worth bearing in mind to avoid eating the office sweets. This is actually where most people will gain their extra weight.

Furthermore, the start to your day is crucial. Make sure that you have a balanced, protein-rich breakfast, you should avoid the “crash” – that midmorning slump when your blood-sugar levels fall sharply and when most people reach for the chocolate. Keep some healthy snacks ready in your drawer, so you’ll be better placed to fight temptation. When craving sugar, the best thing you can do is have some fruit. Berries are great for filling you up, and they also have good antioxidant properties.

The idea of a food diary can be useful as it allows you to monitor what you have eaten at a quick glance.

At the party, one great tip is to avoid fizzy drinks, this will keep your stomach nice and flat (Top tip). It has also been suggested not to eat chewing gum as this has the effect of bloating the stomach. Another tip is not to drink whilst eating as this apparently confuses the digestive process. In an ideal world you can drink after 40 minutes.

Good advocacy is to eat a good dinner before going to a party, this will help you resist temptation. If this is not possible then avoid alcohol until you have had at least some canapes.

The best things to drink are champagne, or vodka or gin with slimline tonic or soda and fresh lime. These are what I’d call “clean” drinks, because they don’t have many additives. Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut is the least calorific champagne – it was the only kind Kate Moss had at her last birthday party.

Cider and lager will only bloat leaving you very gassy, it will also make you feel uncomfortable. Both are also very high in calories. Lager is also full of sugar.

When at the Christmas dinner, it is recommended that you load up with meat and vegetables. Do not have more than a couple of potatoes as starchy carbs make you bloated because you carry them around your midriff. Also, avoid Yorkshire puddings as they’re often cooked in lots of oil. Stay away from the really sweet stuff if you can. If you treat yourself to Christmas pudding, hold off the brandy butter.

Boxing day - get out for a brisk walk or jog. If you get a new ipod then strap it on and get going. It’s the best way to get rid of your cravings, and works wonders for a hangover, too.
Going for a jog will go against everything you want to do, but you’ll thank yourself for it. If you really can’t face the thought of exercise the morning after stuffing yourself in front of the telly, minimise the damage. Have a healthy breakfast, which will help balance your blood-sugar levels.

An unbuttered piece of toast with two poached eggs on top is a million times better than something sugary. If you want something with it, have baked beans, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes – a healthy fry-up without any of the frying. Stay away from sausages and bacon because they’re high in fat, but if you want to top it off with something extra, stick to salmon.

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