You may have spent the past month stuffing yourself silly, but the truth is, a few smart, attainable adjustments may be all you need to fight the festive flab.
Hands up if you ate your body weight in cheese over the festive season! Well my friends, you’re not alone! Bounce back after the holiday binge with a few simple tricks courtesy of FIT's resident Nutritionist Anna Warren.
Rule number one - drink more water. Yeah yeah, you’ve heard it all before, right? Well we’ve actually got science on our side with this one. Water not only supports optimal metabolism but studies show that feeding your body a frequent dose of liquid love can also help to curb your appetite. And if you’re anything like me, your appetite doesn’t tend to shy away when the festive season comes to an end. Upping your water also gives the body a chance to flush out excess sodium to help you beat the bloat, while getting things moving in the digestive system (if you know what I mean!). Aim for 2 to 3 litres per day.
Getting back on track with your eating schedule is another sure-fire way to undo holiday heftiness. Yes, eating chocolate for breakfast was totally acceptable one week ago, but unless you want that newly developed pouch to turn into a fully-fledged belly its best to get your feeding agenda under control. Start your day with a healthy protein-rich brekky and enjoy evenly spaced meals throughout the day. This will help to maximize your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar and level out that newly apparent appetite. Whatever you do, refrain from cutting too far back. Eating too little forces the body to switch into conservation mode, which burns less calories and leaves you with a greater affinity to hang onto body fat. No thank you!
I’m going to take a stab in the dark here and assume you had your fair share of carbs over the scoffing season. Appropriately, now might be the time to drop your chip and dip consumption down a notch. Cutting carbohydrates completely can force the body to burn protein for fuel instead of using it to support and maintain calorie burning muscle, so it’s best to tighten the reins rather than cutting the macronutrient out altogether. Focus meals around veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats and a slightly reduced portion of wholegrains. Adding a good quality greens powder into your morning routine is another essential measure to ensure you're getting an optimal dose of detoxification nutrients.
Now I know the extent of your movement during the holidays may have been limited to raising your fork, but there’s no better time than the present to throw yourself back into the exercise game. Moving your body not only helps to burn the excess calories consumed in a festive flurry, but it can also put you in a better head space, which allows you to make smarter choices when it comes to what you’re putting in your mouth.
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