10 Easy Weight Loss Tips After Christmas
Christmas is a time of over indulgence and the New Year is definitely the time to start a fresh and lose all that excess weight. Many of us have spent the day opening presents, visiting loved ones, and arguably more importantly getting stuck into the traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. We’ve all overdone our festive eating in one way or another. However, it’s possible to lose weight after Christmas, whilst still eating well. So, here are useful tips to getting and keeping the weight off after the holidays and forever:
The Best Christmas Weight Loss Tips
- Juicing your vegetables is a great way to get the nutrients you need. Eat the color of a rainbow with veggies each day, together with either a lean protein, baked/steamed potato or brown rice.
- A balanced diet is a crucial component of any healthy lifestyle. The first thing to do after Christmas is to clear your cupboard of any remnants of festive excess. Swap chocolate, crisps and other processed junk food for fresh vegetables, fruit and protein-rich pulses such as lentils, mung beans and chickpeas. Try to avoid eating red meat more than once a week; instead increase your intake of white fish (which is low in cholesterol but high in protein) and skinless chicken or turkey breast.
- Exercise. One of the simplest things which produces proven results in helping people lose weight. With exercising in the places around us, whether it be a brisk walk in the park or a run around the streets where you live, we can see effective results by doing something which doesn’t cost a single thing!
- Learn how to measure. It’s easy to misjudge portion sizes. Pull out the measuring spoons and cups, especially for full-fat salad dressings, dairy foods and mayo.
- Try to only drink diet or low calorie drinks. Regular sodas have a lot of sugar and extra calories. Water is what your body needs-try water and lemon for the first thing you consume when you wake up.
- Avoid getting complacent with your fitness routine. When training with weights, try increasing repetitions and weight (safely) to really challenge yourself. The body can adapt quickly to exercise, so it’s important to increase difficulty if you want to keep improving your fitness.
- Eat sugar-free snacks. These are low calorie snacks that are sweetened with sugar substitutes. They are a great way to satisfy your sweet cravings. Two of my favorites fruit cups. Both these snacks are available in most grocery stores.
- Home-made veggie soups are satisfying, filling, economical to make and lower in calories than many ‘meal shakes’ or ‘nutrition bars’. Even topping your soup with a dollop of fresh unprocessed cream or a sprinkling of feta won’t hurt!
- White carbohydrates include bread, rice, fried foods with breading, cereal and pasta. White carbs encourage weight gain, here is a great quick read to learn more about carbs. Especially white bread, white flour foods, rice, pasta and potatoes.
- Keep a food journal: It can be quite a shock to see what you put into your mouth on a daily basis. Record all your food and liquid intake, and then assess what you could be leaving out to enable you to lose weight after Christmas.
These tips can help you to lose weight for good! You may be tempted to take some weight loss or fat busting pills. So, If you know any weight loss tips please share with us via comments.