3 wonderful ways to keep that holiday weight at bay

When the bathroom scales are a place of horror, it’s time to go on a diet. But it’s so hard at this time of year, isn’t it? As the festive season approaches, there’s nothing more satisfying than throwing your Weight Watchers subscription out the window and burrowing into your Christmas turkey like a pig in a trough.

And, although kicking back to relax is great in the winter months, skimping on your fitness and nutrition is about as advisable as ingesting a tub of lard every day.

That doesn’t mean you can’t stay healthy and enjoy your festive feasts. Just follow these tips and you’ll still be able to fit into your trousers by New Year’s Day.

The cream on your chinny chin chin

Once on the lips, a lifetime on the hips, people say (usually just before devouring an entire chocolate gateaux, alone and weeping). But people need to worry about their hips a lot less – the real defining factor for visible weight is the double chin.

But fret not, because knowing how to get rid of a double chin doesn’t have to be a chore. There are a load of special creams that’ll do the job perfectly. Simply rub them on to see your skin become firmer and healthier.

After just a few applications, that sagging skin and dodgy chin will barely even be visible.

Exercise – the easy way

If all you want to do is sit and watch Emmerdale in the evenings, even getting off the sofa is such a bother.

However, there are ways to make exercise more palatable for us lazy folk.

For a start, try exercising for a mere 15 minutes a day – enough time to work up a sweat but not enough to bother even the laziest of people. Once you’ve built an appetite for movement, add an extra five minutes to your workout time.

Alternatively, play your favourite album as you exercise and don’t stop until you’ve got to the very end. The music will spur you on and you’ll feel golden afterwards.

Perfect your balancing act

Sensible joggers have a rule to stop their bones going brittle – one day on, one day off. And it’s a good idea for your diet during the festive season.

Instead of feasting non-stop between Christmas and New Year, take a day off from rich foods in favour of a light salad or even just a smaller portion.

The same should go for alcohol consumption. It’s easy to fall into the cycle of endless parties that inevitably unfolds in the season, but spend some nights dry and you won’t compromise your health for a little bit of fun.

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