You’ve worked hard all year being strict with your nutrition, trying to optimise your lifestyle and putting in the graft in the gym, that you have definitely earnt a couple of days off.
The philosophy “calories don’t count at Christmas” is something we like to use when it comes to Christmas and Boxing Day. However, this is dependant on whether you have had this same philosophy the whole year or not. Unfortunately, the calories obviously do count, but we like to say that you can eat and drink what you wish and just enjoy yourself for these two days. It isn’t as if you are going to undo all your hard work over just 48 hours and it isn’t as it one big Christmas dinner is going to put back on all the fat you’ve spent months to lose or lose all those gains you’ve made.
So go and enjoy yourself today and tomorrow guilt free. No one wants to be counting calories or be judged for what they eat every single day of the year. Just chill out, if you fancy eating it, then go for it.
The only rule is – Don’t make yourself eat and drink for the sake if it. Some extra calories won’t undo all your hard work, but a huge binge can cause mental and physical issues. So don’t attempt to eat everything in sight, just because it’s there.
Anyway, enough talking calories, as after all they don’t even count today! Now go and enjoy Christmas with your friends, family and loved ones.
Merry Christmas to you and your family from The Chase Perfection Team
OATS FOR THE WIN!
I just can’t start the day without a bowl of warm oats! I’ve tried the low carb, higher fat breakfasts and it just doesn’t seem to satisfy me in the same way. So recently I have been having carbs at breakfast in the form of oats and luckily they are thought to have a number of great benefits. So if you are looking for a good source of carbs then why not add oats into your day.
BENEFITS OF OATS:
- Good source of fibre – Oats are high in both soluble and insoluble, which are vital for a healthy digestive system.
- Keep you fuller for longer – The soluble fibre in oats, in particular beta-glucan, slows the movement of food through your digestive system meaning you feel fuller for longer. Great for when trying to control your calorie intake.
- Improved immunity – Oats have been shown to help the body fight of bacteria and viruses, as well as potential fight cancerous cells.
- Good for cardiovascular health – Oats are thought to be able to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of hypertension and heart disease.
- Slow release of energy – Oats are a low GI carbohydrate source, which means they are digested slowly. They provide you with a slower release of energy over a longer period of time compared to other sugary carb sources.
- Versatile – They can be used to make many different foods, such as pancakes, flapjacks, protein balls, smoothies and the currently popular “flex bowls”. Check out our recipe guide for Pancake Recipe!
- Tasty – This in my opinion is the biggest benefit of oats! Not only can you use oats to create a variety of meals and snacks, but you can add so much to them to make them tasty and interesting. For example you could add; berries, nuts, seeds, protein powders, dark chocolate, zero calorie syrup or honey to your oats.
We often get asked the questions; “What is the best diet”, “what do I need to eat” and “how much should I eat”. With many people thinking there is a magic one size fits all diet that will give you the body of your dreams.
However, the answer is never as simple as a cookie cutter diet or a list of “good” and “bad” foods to eat.
There are a few important points to consider when trying to establish what is the best diet for you:
- Your Goals – What are you wanting to achieve? Do you want to drop body fat or are you wanting to fuel your sporting performance?
- Your Lifestyle – Are you able to make and eat regular meals or are you always on the go? Do you have a physical job or sedentary job?
- Your Commitment Level – How committed are you to achieve your goals? Not everyone wants to sacrifice everything to achieve a particular health and fitness goal.
- Can You Stick To It – This is the most important point to consider. If you can’t actually follow your diet because it doesn’t suit your lifestyle then it is pretty much pointless and definitely not the best diet for you.
In summary, the best diet is the one that you can actually follow day in day out and helps you get to your goals. Yes it will be challenging to start with, but it will be do-able, you’ll be able to work it into your lifestyle and most importantly you won’t quit.
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