The festive season can be a whole lot of fun, but it can also be bad news for your waistline. All those after-work drinks, tins of chocolates, mince pies and extra helpings of Christmas pudding can all add up to a scary number on the scales!
But it’s not all doom and gloom, as it is possible to shift those pounds pretty quickly, providing that you make a few adjustments.
No, we don’t mean reach for the Baileys! The chances are that your body could do with some rehydration after all of those late nights, beers and salty snacks. Make it your mission to drink as much water as you can each day. Not only will this help to keep your mind and body working properly but it will also reduce hunger pangs that come on as a result of thirst.
Eat little and often
We get into all kinds of bad eating habits over Christmas. From trifle for breakfast to piles of late-night turkey sandwiches, our usual eating routines go out of the window and our bodies become used to erratic feeding times. The best way to combat this is to eat little meals and often so that you feel fuller for longer.
Most people make a new year’s resolution to be more active, so don’t put it off any longer – start today! If you’re not keen on hitting the gym, start off by walking for at least 20 minutes a day. Take the stairs instead of the lift, get off the bus one stop early and take a brisk stroll on your lunch break to keep your body moving and burning calories.
Adjust your mindset
If you look at cakes and takeaways as “treats” then you’re going to feel like you’re missing out. Try to adjust your mindset so that you see healthy foods like fruit and vegetables as treats, as they nourish the body and provide it with the vitamins that it needs. Filling up on fatty, sugary foods makes the body feel sluggish, so try to see them as poor choices.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s unlikely that you’ll lose a stone in a week! Set yourself realistic targets, such as losing a pound a week, and track your progress on a chart. This should help to keep you motivated to lose weight gradually.
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