Don’t Start The Year On A Crash Diet: Sensible, Sustainable Ways To Beat The Festive Bulge
How many of us start the year feeling like we’ve gone a bit crazy over the festive period? When it’s Christmas, there’s food and drink aplenty, and we throw caution to the wind, and fill our boots. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourself over the festive period. But don’t try and counteract it with a crash diet in January. Yes, you may lose weight quickly. But you might also be doing your body serious harm. You’re also likely to gain weight again once you’ve returned to your normal diet. If you’re preparing to fight the festive bulge in the New Year, here are some sensible and sustainable ways you can lose weight.
Adapting your diet
There’s every chance that you’ll be ready to snap back into your old eating habits after endless days of feeling like you’ve overdone it. However, there’s also a risk that you get used to the enjoyment of indulging your sweet tooth. Once you’ve cleared the treat cupboard, make a conscious effort to adapt your diet, and follow a healthy eating plan. Make sure your diet provides you with the vitamins and minerals you need, and keep an eye on your intake of sugar, salt, and saturated fats.
When it’s chilly outside, and the excitement of the holidays is long-gone, getting up and about is often not the most appealing proposition. But the sooner you get into the swing of exercising on a regular basis, the sooner you’ll start noticing the benefits. If you’re eager to be more active, there are lots of things you can do. You can make simple changes like walking to the shops or cycling to work. You can join a gym, or you can look into taking up a new form of exercise. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn to dance, or you’d like to hone your yoga moves. If money is tight after the festive season, there are also plenty of things you can for free. Take a scenic jogging route along the seafront or go power walking every morning. If you’re interested in fitness tips or you’re in need of a new gym wardrobe, you’ll find this website handy.
This may seem like an arduous task, but it’s actually very simple thanks to modern technology. You can now use apps to create a food diary and track your daily intake. One of the main reasons we put on weight over Christmas is that we eat a lot more than usual. Many of us also slack off when it comes to training and working out. If you consume more calories than you burn, this results in weight gain. If you use more than you take in, you’ll find that you lose weight. If you’re trying to reach a target on the scale, it’s wise to calculate your daily calorie intake, and also your burn. Ideally, women should take in around 1,700-2,000 calories per day, and men between 2,300 and 2,500.
If you’ve put on weight over Christmas, it’s tempting to try and take drastic action as soon as the festivities are over. However, crash dieting rarely produces long-term results, and it can be harmful. Follow these tips instead, and you should notice results before you know it.
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