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It’s the season of the office Christmas party, which means more eating and definitely more drinking. This begs the question: is it possible to go full throttle without sending your tummy into turmoil? Especially as alcohol is proven to give you the squits.
Chances are your festive soireé will involve over-enthusiastic dancing, cranking up The Pogues, a Rudolph jumper and learning how to do hair braids at your desk. It might also involve an embarrassing moment, or three.
To help you navigate the most bonkers season of the year we’ve called up Lovisa Nilsson, a nutritionist at health and fitness app Lifesum. Read on for how to party well this December.
Eat, drink and still be healthy!
1. Drink up
Make sure you have 1.5 litres of H20 during the day. “Dehydration is often confused with hunger so you may find yourself reaching for food rather than water when you arrive,” says Lovisa.
“Drinking also makes you dehydrated, so you’re more likely to reach for heavier and unhealthy foods the next morning.” Hello, XL pizza with all the toppings.
2. Mind the canapés
Ah, the mini sausage rolls… canapés can be a healthy eats downfall. “It’s hard to know exactly what and how much you’re having with them,” agrees Lovisa.
“I’d eat a well-balanced meal or have a protein shake beforehand – filling up means you’re less likely to go all out on canapés. Then give yourself a limit, and stick to it.”
3. Be plate smart
If your host is giving you a proper meal (lucky you), keep an eye on what you have. “I usually limit myself to one plate of food and make sure that half is vegetables/salad and the other is as protein-based as possible,” says Lovisa.
“Once you’ve chosen, move away so you’re not too tempted to go back for more.”
4. Pace your booze
It’ll help you avoid the calorie hit from booze (check out the best low-cal drink swaps) as well as the dreaded hangover.
“Alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water, or dilute it – so, make your glass of wine a spritzer with soda water,” suggests Lovisa.
5. Power through tomorrow
If you’d usually work out the next day, try to drag yourself out of bed and go for it.
“It doesn’t have to be heavy but you will feel much better for doing at least 20 minutes of low impact exercise, even if it means walking home from work,” says Lovisa.
Read on for how to deal with the office Christmas party fallout, whether we think you should bother with the CICO diet and the healthiest weight loss tips online.