Keeping healthy over a chocolate filled Easter
Guest Blog by Personal Trainer Becky Spencer Davies - The Fit Thing
You survived the dry January detox, made healthy pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, maybe you even had a chocolate free March and raised some money for charity. But now the next big date in the ‘I’ve eaten so much I feel sick’ calender, is looming.
It’s time to batten down the hatches, log off social media, and hide in your house surrounded by nothing but kale and clean eats…
Or is it?
Let’s be realistic here. Easter is a time for family and get togethers, celebrations and parties. Which usually go alongside cake, prosecco and lets not forget CHOCOLATE! Locking yourself away and avoiding all social situations isn’t going to make you feel good, or your family feel good.
I always say to my clients NEVER turn down a slice of cake at a celebration (I mean birthday, wedding etc, not just ‘life is a gift celebrate everyday’ cake). Losing fat or dialing in on your diet isn't about what you do once in a while, it is about what you do everyday that matters. If you’re eating birthday cake day in day out and doing no additional exercise then the scales wont tip in your favour. But a one off, chances are you’ll be fine.
What I'm trying to say here is that one or two days of having a few treats isn't going to be detrimental to your progress. It’s science at the end of the day.
There are a few ways you can stay on track with your fat loss (if that is your goal) over Easter.
1. Save your calories
If you know you have a big family roast with all the trimmings, followed by a pudding, chocolate egg hunt and cakes, then have a light and healthy breakfast. Choose healthy cereal or porridge to keep you going, or maybe some fruit and yoghurt.
2. Count your macros
If you are a macro counting king or queen then you’ll know that not all calories were created equal. Calculate your macros for your goal, then make sure that the food you eat that day fits in with them. If it fits your macros- eat it!
3. Have some of what you fancy
Rather than cutting off a huge slab of easter cake, or pinching half of your nephews Easter egg, have a little. This will make you feel much better when everyone is on a huge sugar come down and you are feeling right as rain.
4. Don’t over eat
At Easter dinner eat enough to make you full, but not so much that you can’t breathe. Eat slow, take your time and let food digest before you shovel more in.
5. HIIT and RUN
Cardio! Even if you are usually a cardi -NO take a little time over Easter to do some cardio exercise such as HIIT, running or cycling. Cardio is a great calorie burner and can free up some macros for your Easter choc. Just don’t treat it as a punishment for what you eat. Get your family or friends to join you and make it fun.
Happy Easter! Enjoy it!