With just 6 days left till Christmas the party season is definitely here! With it being such a busy time it would be very easy to let your hair down and forget about those extra calories and planned gym workouts.

With the average weight gain over the Christmas period a staggering 7-10 lbs, it seems sensible to maintain your healthy lifestyle in the run up to Christmas Day.

Don’t worry for we have devised some clever tips and tricks during the Christmas countdown, so you can feel amazing and energised to get the most of your Christmas this year and still fit into your skinny jeans in the New Year. Included in this article is a body weight exercise and guilt-free, sugar-free and gluten-free fruit cake you can indulge during the Christmas countdown so no crazy diets are needed in January.

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My Christmas metabolic body blitz burst:

These moves are designed to be done as quick burst activities. Just 1 minute bursts performed up 10 times each day could amount to at least 60 minutes of burst activity each week! That’s without evening hitting a gym or leaving your living room! Imagine the impact of the that on your metabolism!

These moves use every muscle in the body, but predominately the abs and legs. This means you will bring about the burn much quicker. Choose from any of the list and set your stop watch for 1 minute and do as many as you can.

Don’t worry if you have to rest during the 60 seconds. In fact this is ideal because this means we have reached failure and that will ensure your metabolic rate is boosted throughout the day making you a much more efficient fat burning machine!

1 Crouch to star jump

To start: Crouch down, hands touching the floor, knees bent and with your feet close together as if picking something up of the floor.

Jump up into the air as high as you can into a star shape or jumping jack and then return back to crouching position. Rest when needed and repeat until the 60 seconds is over.

2 Touch down split jumps

To start: Position as if about to sprint from the starting block. hands to the floor, one leg in front of the other in a lunge stance.

Switch leg positions as you jump up and reach high in the air.

Land and repeat. Rest when needed and repeat until 60 seconds is over.

3 Mountain climbers

To start: Position yourself in a push up position. Hands shoulder width apart and directly under your shoulders.

Keeping your upper body still, bring one knee towards the chest at a time touching the toe down on the floor each time. Aim to get the knee as close to the chest as you can without moving the upper body to work the abs. To enhance the effects of this move perform as quickly as you can. Rest when needed and repeat until 60 seconds is over.

4 High knees to push ups

To start: Perform ten fast high knees on the spot bringing the knees right up above the waist or as high as you possibly can. Use the arms as powerful drivers.

When you get to the 10th high knee immediately get down to the floor to perform 1 full or half-push up. Then immediately get back up and resume the high knees. Rest when needed and repeat until 60 seconds is over.

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My fat controlling passionate cake:

Ingredients:

– 3 Eggs
– 75g xylitol
– 50g stoned plums
– 50g unsalted butter or coconut oil
– 1 ripe pear core and chopped
– 150g carrots coarsely grated
– 150g almond flour, gram flour or buckwheat flour
– 1 tbsp of baking powder
– 2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp nutmeg
– ½ tsp allspice
– 50g dried berries (any combination of blueberries, cherries, cranberries, sultanas, raisins etc.)

Frosting

– 125g quark or light Philadelphia/low-fat cream cheese (for diary free use tofu)
– 1 tbsp xylitol
– ½ tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp fresh orange juice (freshly squeezed works well)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to Gas 4/180oC.

2. Grease and flour (or line) 20cm cake tin.

3. Finely grate the carrots and set aside. Do not put them in water.

4. Coarsely chop the dates, peel, core and chop the pear.

5. Cream the butter/oil and sugar until soft and light; whisk the eggs and gradually beat them into the creamed butter/oil and sugar mixture.

6. Sift the flour together with the baking powder and spices, fold the sifted dry ingredients into the creamed ingredients, add the fruits and grated carrots.

7. Spoon the batter into the cake tin.

8. Bake for 1 hour or until firm to the touch.

9. Cool the finished cake in the cake tin for 5 minutes.

10. Remove the cake from the cake tin and let cool on to a wire cooling tray.

To prepare the frosting:

1. Blend the softened cheese with the xylitol and spice, add a squeeze of orange.

2. Split the cold cake horizontally, and fill with a generous layer of the cheese icing.

3. Spread with the remainder of the cheese icing on top of the cake and swirl it into an artistic design.

4. Garnish with halved walnuts or pecans and serve

The fat controller says: High on taste, which means you can keep the portion in control!

Nutrition nugget: Quark is a soft, white and un-aged cheese. It is much lower in fat than other cream cheeses.

Don’t let Christmas become an excuse to let your healthy eating and fitness regime fall by the wayside. Just becuase it’s the biggest party season of the year, it doesn’t mean you have to wear the biggest pants too!

Big love, small tummies!

Jill – The Fat Controller

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