Don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone. Pretty much everyone gains a few extra unwanted pounds of the festive period, but isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
I just don’t think it would be the same without all the chocolates and pigs in blankets, would it? Fear not ladies, you’ll be able to shift that extra weight in no time if you follow these top tips of mine.
There’s no rush of course, so make sure you don’t follow any ridiculous diet trends as they only ever give you temporary results. The moment you scoff one tiny little pig in blanket… well, you’re the size of a house again!
Make these changes gradually and you’ll eventually shed your winter blanket. Having one is all well and good during the winter months, especially as it cuts down on heating costs. But once winter is over and the mince pies are no more, it’s time to start preparing for spring.
Be realistic about your goals
This is what I mean by not being fooled by silly diet trends. You’re not in a dire need for a quick fix, so do it gradually and most importantly, healthily. If you get the right amount of exercise and eat the things you should be, you can easily drop one or two pounds a week.
That being said, it’s essential that you do set yourself goals in the first place. It’s not just about physical demands but the mental ones too. If you don’t have motivation and discipline, you won’t get the results you’re hoping for.
One of the best things about winter being over and it being springtime is that you can start enjoying being outside again. There’s nothing more lovely than being wrapped up in a blanket at home during winter with the fire burning away and snow falling outside.
But, what’s pretty amazing too is being able to hop onto your bike and taking in beautiful park views. If you’re eager to get started now or you’re nervous about getting on a bike again after far too many years off of one, perhaps a spin bike might be a good option in the meantime.
Ditch the wine and grab some water
It’s completely acceptable to have a glass of wine in your hand most of the time during the festive period, but there does come a time when you need to put the red down and revert back to good old water. Not only is it great for your skin and body generally, it will also help tackle those hunger pangs as people often mistake thirst for hunger.
Resist the urge to eat naughty things
Most of the time your body will only crave something for around 5-10 minutes and realistically, that’s nothing! It takes longer to perfect your eyeliner and lipstick, does it not?
Eat little and often
This is the best part. Losing weight doesn’t mean losing out on the best things in life, such as eating great foods. Eating more often is actually the best way to keep the weight off and it’ll help curb your appetite. You’ll find that you’ll have far more energy, feel less tired and your mood will be so much better than before. Avoid that sluggish feeling and keep your metabolism working throughout the day by eating small meals throughout the day.
Become obsessed with exercising
If you’re going to become obsessed with something, at least make sure it’s beneficial to your life right? Whilst I’m not suggesting you spend 4 hours a day at the gym, as that’s extremely unhealthy for your body, what I am suggesting is finding something you love that burns the calories.
Don’t clear your plate
Losing weight doesn’t mean that you can’t eat out ever again. Gosh, how awfully sad would that be? It just means resisting the urge to clear the entire contents of the plate. If you’re eating out with friends, set aside one-third of whatever you’re eating. One great thing about doing this is that you can request a doggie bag and eat what you’ve saved for lunch the next day. It’s a win win situation.
Avoid the fizzy
I know, this one can be difficult for all the sugar addicts out there, but soda is really really bad for you. It’s packed with calories that have absolutely no good nutrients in them and they actually make you feel hungrier. If you want to satisfy your sugar craving, go the whole hog and actually eat something as at least you’ll be feeling less hungry afterwards.