5 ways to avoid festive flab

Load up on veggies, take a walk and do your shopping on foot

5 ways to avoid festive flab

1 Know what you're eating
How many calories in a single roast potato? Around 70 to 80 is a safe bet. A mince pie? More like 250. Bear that in mind before you go back for seconds.

2 Take a walk
A pre- and post-dinner stroll will not only help you digest that mammoth meal, it will help prevent your metabolism from slowing to a snail’s pace over your festive, sofa-surfing period.

3 Make smart swaps
In the face of endless canapés, choose the ones that won’t blow your calorie budget in a single bite. Toast with smoked salmon, for example, is preferable to that creamy chicken vol-au-vent.

4 Do your shopping on foot
No time to kerfuffle around at the gym? A few hours of stop-start fast walking can help fill in the gaps – ditch the car then do your Christmas shopping in Doha’s sprawling malls. Walk there if you can.

5 Load up on veggies
Pile your plate high on Christmas Day – just make sure that at least 50 percent of it is colourful veg (and potatoes don’t count), alongside a reasonable serving of lean turkey breast.

More from Wellbeing

We discover the gem-infused treatments at the newly reopened The Gulf Spa

What causes anxiety attacks, and what you need to do about them

Bahrain’s most famous yogi explains the Great Yoga Wall

The Shakedown Club is reviving the 1930s and our health in Bahrain

Get an amazing workout in the comfort of your own home

Shitika Anand finds out why we need to spend less time sitting


Follow us