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HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

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Phew... The holidays are over... We can finally wave goodbye to the turkey... and thank him for the scale-tipping stuffing... The petits fours that managed to get the better of us, the Christmas pudding didn't leave us indifferent... in short, like every year most of us overdid it.

 

Don't panic! So even if your scales are decidedly pointing in the wrong direction, keep your head held high and focus on an action plan as soon as possible. How? By following these 5 tips to help you get rid of your holiday pounds.

 

1) Make up for splurging

There's no need to feel guilty and anyway what's done is done... Don't get in a tizzy on the scales, just tell yourself that you're going to have to make up for the splurging... Starting today, go easy on the calories. Go for a suitable diet to make up for the damage done by the carbs and other fats. There is no secret: to lose weight after the holidays, you need to steer away from fatty foods. And most of all, you need to stay away from all sweet treats, dishes with plenty of a sauce and any deep fried foods. A handy tip? Go for protein to counterbalance the reduction in fats and sugars. Choose meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products such as low-fat yoghurts.

 

2) Zest to get rid of toxins

Citrus fruit and their zest are popular! They are the perfect antidote to Christmas splurging, purifying the body and helping it to get rid of toxins. And during the winter when germs tend to take up residency, they are powerful allies against colds and flu. They are full of vitamin C, great against winter tiredness and other small evils. They are also known to be high in antioxidants and low in calories. How do you consume them? In all sorts of ways: juiced, in a sauce or candied. Add some zing to your meals with orange, grapefruit, lemon, kumquat, bergamot, clementine or blood orange.

 

3) Detoxing

Now's not the time to make a fuss, focus on detoxing to get rid of all the waste accumulated during the holidays. How? By eating as much fibre as you like. In France, only 22% of men and 12% of women reach the recommended 25 grams per day, according to a study by NutriNet-Santé in 2012. And yet high fibre foods make you feel fuller for longer and burn fat. Together with proper hydration, they play a key role in regulating the digestive process. So plenty of grains, wholemeal crisp bread, split peas, avocados, herbs and spices!

 

(4) Eat calmly

Family meals usually means second or even third helpings.... And just like everyone else, you quickly end up overeating because you don't want to offend your host... So how do you avoid putting on weight? So your new year's resolution is: say no! Time to change habits and enjoy relaxing meals What should we do? Sit down in a quiet area, without anyone disturbing you, and try to eat your meal in peace and quiet. You'll feel full after 20 minutes. By devoting time to your meal and chewing slowly, you'll be satisfied with a lighter meal. And you won't feel hungry when you finish. This should help you to eat less and get your waistline back after the holidays without frustration.

 

(5)Get moving to start digesting

After the holidays, you tend to feel a bit heavy... and really not in the mood to start working out again... you have to move if you want to lose weight! And the timing is perfect, seeing as starting to work out again to lose weight was one of your new year's resolutions! Two or three training sessions a week helps to lose calories. And even if you're having trouble sticking to it, you can still try to walk for half an hour a day, or take the stairs rather than the lift! Walking, just like jogging, uses your abs, useful for getting the intestines working. This way, you can prevent constipation caused by inactivity. 

 

 

 

You now have a few tips to get rid of your extra Christmas pounds. Make some resolutions to get your year started in top shape!

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