5 ways to lose the post-party weight gain
At the end of every year, it’s the same old story. As you’re winding down the year, you loosen up, say cheers to a few more glasses of wine, indulge yourself silly with food and cake, and after a few weeks of merriment, you realise your clothes are a little tighter than when you had started. Before you freak out, know all is not lost. Here’s what you need to do to lose the extra baggage and get back into your skinny jeans in no time.
1. Accept the weight gain
Yes, you’ve put on a pound or two, but that’s to be expected if enjoying food and drinks comes with the territory of catching up with family and friends during the festive season. It’s nothing to be shameful about, nor something to keep fretting over. Once you’ve acknowledged the weight gain, it’s easier to take the next step(s) to lose it.
2. Keep eating
When you’ve been binge eating for the past weeks, you may think the way to counteract this is to skip meals and stop eating. Right? Wrong.
Skipping meals not only makes you hungrier, it also makes it harder to stick to a healthy eating program. The day after a binge eating fest, do ensure you have some protein in your breakfast such as yogurt and eggs. This helps to satisfy your appetite throughout the day.
3. Do a cleanse
It’s not uncommon to feel sluggish or lethargic after all that partying and hearty indulgence. A cleanse or a detox would be a great way to stimulate all of your key detoxification pathways to give you a fast, effective reboot.
Give your body a rest while you bathe yourself with all sorts of helpful micronutrients that your liver needs for detoxification.
4. Get moving
With all the partying, who has time for exercise, and it doesn’t take Sherlock to notice a correlation between weight gain and a dip in physical activity. Take steps to burn calories, such as taking the stairs instead of the lifts or getting off the bus one stop before and walking the rest of the way home.
As a healthy adult, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day but if you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you will need to exercise more.
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5. Eat your vegetables
As a great source of fibre, vegetables help to fill you up. Simply cutting out carbs and increasing your intake of fibre, you are better able to achieve weight loss results. It has been found too that fibre has appetite suppressant qualities, so you feel more satiated and less likely to snack, or worse snack on unhealthy food.
Besides, the higher water and phytochemical content found in vegetables can help to give you a healthier glow to your skin! So veg up!