We are all too familiar with this scenario. The spread that looked so appetising and delectable before, has become something you can’t even look at without feeling sick. Your tummy is so sated that if you took another bite, you might throw up. You silently blame the person who overcooked. That same person is probably carefully distributing leftovers, coercing everyone at the table to “take another bite”. You’re so full up with turkey (or chicken, no judgement), but you haven’t even had dessert!
The post-meal guilt creeps in while you’re sitting on the couch in the midst of a food coma, and you wonder if you’ll ever feel hungry again. “I’m never eating this much again,” you tell yourself, while reaching for dessert. There’s always room for dessert, right?
There’s nothing wrong with letting go a little during the holiday season. But if you are feeling guilty and would like to lose that extra holiday weight, here are some tips for you!
1. Do some exercise.
It doesn’t have to be a full-on workout regimen or an intense diet — these don’t work well and might rebound on you if you lose the stamina to sustain your routine after a while.
Instead, attempt simple exercises like jogging and swimming. Start slow and steady, then gradually build up the intensity when you feel ready.
Experiment with ab exercises that you can do practically anywhere. Some examples are crunches, planking and lunge twists.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
And not with beer, coffee or fizzy drinks! Plain water is what you need.
Drinking lots of water helps reduce bloating as it cleanses your body of toxins and waste. It also increases your metabolism and helps to suppress your appetite, allowing you to eat less without having to face the misery of an empty stomach.
Water is essential for bodily functions, so remember to hydrate yourself regularly, even when you don’t feel thirsty. After all, about 60% of our bodies are made of water!
3. Watch your diet
Besides hydrating yourself with plenty of plain water, cut down on your intake of alcohol, fizzy drinks and sweet drinks as they not only cause bloating, but tend to contain lots of sugar.
Be careful of your daily calorie intake and eat foods that are low in calories. To lose weight, men typically need a daily intake of 2000kcal and women, 1500kcal.
Most importantly, avoid snacking in between meals or late at night. If you’re really feeling peckish, opt for healthier snacks such as fruits and nuts.
With the New Year only days away, more and bigger celebrations are bound to take place, and with celebrations come food and beer. You don’t have to completely avoid these happiness-inducing things, but try to cut down on your intake.
Remember that self-discipline is key, and that as long as you put your mind to it, anything is possible! I assure you that eating and leading a healthier and more disciplined lifestyle will bring you more happiness in the long run.
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