As we approach another long bank holiday weekend our thoughts start turning to time off work, weekends away, family meals, pub beer gardens and, of course, chocolate!
You’re reading this because you are currently undertaking a journey to better health and fitness and your main goal is likely based around improving your body composition.
If this is the case, you are perhaps feeling a little anxious about Easter and the temptation of all the chocolate.
How can you enjoy Easter without spectacularly falling off the diet bandwagon?
Well first of all, I want you to enjoy Easter.
It’s a time to take your foot off the pedal a bit, enjoy some time off work spending quality time with friends and family and, if you’re really lucky, having time away to really switch off from the stresses of everyday life.
Make this your focus and everything will be fine.
Now, here’s some tips on how to enjoy the time and the treats without completely sabotaging all your hard work to date.
1. Tell people what your current goals are. Ask them not to buy you Easter eggs or hot cross buns and if they insist, ask them to donate the money to charity instead.
2. Don’t completely restrict yourself while all around you are eating chocolate like it’s going out of fashion. Have a small packet of mini eggs, a single bar of chocolate or half a hot cross bun, moderation is key.
3. If you are getting good at tracking calories then allow yourself 2-300kcal a day over each of the weekend days to fit a bit of chocolate or some other treat into your allowance.
4. If you are going out for a meal plan your choice in advance so that you can add it in on your calorie tracker ahead of time. This way you can allow for it by consuming less during the day, or the day before.
5. When drinking alcohol choose lighter options like G&T or light beers and drink water between glasses.
6. Try and keep up some level of activity. For example, if the weather is nice and you’re having a family meal go for a long walk before or after dinner. This will burn a few extra calories and you’ll still be having quality time with your loved ones.
7. If your cupboards are full of chocolate after the weekend, collect up half of it and donate it to your local homeless shelter or food bank.
8. Relax, realise that it’s only a day or two and that you can get right back on track straight after. The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself.
So there you have it, it’s not panic stations, it’s not about restricting yourself unnecessarily but about how to indulge sparingly and joining in with the fun.