So let’s be honest…
We ALL ate too much over the Christmas break (even if you don’t celebrate, there tends to be a lot of extra calories lying around).
And if you didn’t – then well done you get a GIANT gold star – Keep it up!
As for the rest of you, the following may sound familiar…
You start with great intentions of sticking to a ‘healthy’ diet during the festive period but something happens and those plans change.
And that ‘something’ can come in different forms – box of chocolates, cupboards filled with naughty goodies, puddings or party food on tap.
Talk about temptation, even my house was stuffed with mince pies, mousse, pavalova, gummy sweets, chocolate, crisps n dip, cheeses, home baking and just about every ‘trigger food’ you can think of.
You do your best to avoid digging into ANY of it and you’re proud of your iron willpower then BOOOOOM you can’t take it any longer, you mentally brake and dig into those goodies like a wild hyena.
When you finally ‘come to’ there’s empty boxes and wrappers all over the place and crumbs all over your face….queue the instant guilt!
Clearly not enough guilt as you then eat even more of this type of food in the days AFTER Christmas.
So now, you’re CRAVING these junk foods like crazy but instead of throwing in the towel and gaining a lot more festive flab, you have a CHOICE to fight back and here’s how:
1. GET RID OF ALL THE JUNK FOOD. (that doesn’t mean eat it!)
Out of sight….out of mind.
(Boooom – Instant 1000 calories saved, maybe more.)
2.INCREASE YOUR FIBRE INTAKE.
This will help clean out pounds of ‘toxic junk’ from your digestive system right away AND help you feel full longer.
High-fibre foods include: barley, beans (black beans, navy beans, lima), bran, peas, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red potatoes with the skin, broccoli, oatmeal and apples.
3. DROP YOUR TOTAL SUGAR INTAKE TO 30GRAMS OR LESS.
Sugar causes belly (and body) fat, it lowers your immune system and it’s highly addictive as I soon rediscovered after my festive feasting. Lose it and you’ll lose those pesky cravings too.
4. INCREASE WATER INTAKE.
This is going to help flush your system and improve your natural calorie-burning metabolism.
If you aren’t properly hydrated you won’t burn that flab as fast – FACT!
5. EXERCISE INTENSELY ONCE PER DAY.
Each of my training sessions are between 10 – 30mins.
I crank up the intensity and decrease the length of time I exercise.
Whether its interval training, a circuit, weights or core exercises.
Set aside some time for YOU and get down to it.
Here’s an example I posted on Facebook the other day:
Repeat 3-5 times.
High intensity workouts torch calories and melt bodyfat in a very short amount of time.
If you don’t have a free 10-30mins in your life to invest in your health, fitness and happiness then…seriously??…MAKE time!!