There are four simple things you need to remember about your dietary habits this Christmas if you are conscious of wanting to keep your health and fitness goals on track.

1/ XMAS IS ONE DAY, NOT THE WHOLE MONTH- Eat and drink what you want freely on Xmas day without being fearful of gaining 10lbs of fat overnight, it just won't happen. However, it might if you spend the whole month over eating and justifying it with the "well it's christmas" excuse. 

2/ MEAL STRUCTURE- It's an easy trap to fall into; snacking your way through the day, eating chocolate morning, noon and night just because it's there. To try and offset this, be sure to keep a solid meal structure in place over the Christmas period, even just a simple breakfast-lunch-dinner format. Maintaining a solid meal structure will make you less likely to feel the need to snack and make it less likely you will spend your day chasing a sugar fix.

3/ MAINTAIN YOUR TRAINING-  Dropping your training down and the inevitable upping of your calories through all the Xmas excess won't bode well for maintaining your physique. You don't even necessarily need to be in the gym every day. Perhaps change your training up by going on a few long walks with the family. A great calorie burner and you're managing to spend quality time with loved ones. Double win!

4/ RELAX- This is one of the few times in the year you can take some downtime from work and surround yourself with the people who mean most to you. Don't take this for granted. Don't stress that you feel bloated on Christmas evening. Enjoy this short period of the year and make the most of a mental recharge. Odds are you need it!