Christmas has passed, the new year is among us, all the food and drink would have made its mark! So what can we do to reverse it!? Let us tell you our best tips to get you back in shape in no time!
Increase activity level
It's not rocket science to understand if you train 3 times a week and that reduces at all whilst eating the same or worse, you'll put on weight. As your moving less and eating the same or more. Most of us would have had our feet up for a well deserves rest, but getting back into a fitness routine will kick start your body reversing the Christmas damage. Increasing activity level will start to burn more calories on a day to day basis which will begin to shift the excess out on during this time. Even if your eating was to stay the same, exercising will get the ball rolling.
Get rid of the rubbish
Left over alcohol, chocolates and sweets? I bet your first thought is 'well it can't all go to waste' which I understand, however, the leftovers may make your Christmas binge last another 2 weeks plus! Finishing off what's left is no good strategy to get back on track, it just prolongs the process. So what can you do? Take the chocolates in to work, leave them in the office, they'll be gone by the end of the day! Wether you just bin them, give them away for take them to work, you just need to make sure you stop consuming them! The quicker these go, the less empty calories are entering your body.
Increase good foods
Most people's meals and meal timings would have been irregular, firstly as if you're off work, your daily routine and structure is different to what you're used to, this can make meals a problem. But you also find meal contents seem to be larger portions, less thought through and heavy on desserts, leading to weight gain. If you increase the good whole foods you usually eat like meat, good carbs and fats plus your vegetables, were feeding the body what it needs in correlation to your goal, to lose weight. This combined with training more allows your body to be fuelled correctly giving you more energy in the gym and better foods to help your body recover.
This will be the biggest factor, without consistency at this stage of losing excess weight, it will take a while to budge. Simply because you've created a temporary pattern of bad eating and lack of exercise, therefore getting back to old habits needs consistent repetition of what you want the new habits to be! After a couple of weeks being rubbish with food and exercise, you need to hit back with at least 2 weeks of great eating and exercise to make it up! If you don't, the ratio of your bad weeks will outweigh your good attempts.
It's easy to let Christmas lead all the way into February, but your choices determine when it stops. These tips can be hard as you've not been used to them, but follow them and watch your mind and body react well. Yes celebrations are too nice of a pack to give away, but I guarantee you'll be happier with a healthier mind and body than a malteaser chocolate piece. Go shopping, get all the foods you know you need in the house so there's other options, and lastly be consistent! Stay focussed until your body is getting back to normal, you'll put yourself in a good position to get working on the summer body now!