I’m sure many of you, like me, are feeling rather bloated and sluggish after the Christmas binge and now keen to lose a few pounds. It’s worth remembering that what takes a while to put on is going to take a while to lose so it’s about building some good habits that we can sustain long term.
Tackle one Good Habit at a Time
Jack Braniff of Box Nutrition recommended building one good habit at a time. I felt this was really good advice. Rather than deny yourself everything start with just one good habit for two weeks. Once you have that nailed build on it with something else. This technique will make it easier to face and to stick with long term.
Get rid of Leftovers
It’s very hard to stick to a new routine with a cupboard / fridge full of highly-calorific leftovers so it’s time to remove temptation – this does not mean eating all of it quickly! Perhaps package some up to giveaway or donate. Check the use by dates as some stuff will keep a long time so perhaps you can set aside to bring out later in the year for a special occasion.
Drink plenty of Water
To help flush through all the harmful toxins that have built up with all the alcohol and sugary snacks drink plenty of water. How much depends on your physical build and how much exercise you do but 6-8 glasses a day around 1.2 to 1.5 litres are the general recommendations. Sugar free drinks with no caffeine such as Green Tea would also count.
Remember keep good food in the fridge and you will eat good food. Plan your meals for the week ahead and include plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. Cut down the sweet stuff and the booze. Protein is your friend if you are trying to lose weight as it helps you to feel full and helps your metabolism but mix it with some carbs and the fresh vegetables as you need the energy, the fibre and other nutrients.
I’m not great at self denial so a plan is always a good way to help my mood and motivation. Add plans that you can look forward to and work towards but will help your good habits rather than hinder them! Rather than book a meal out with friends why not plan a long country walk? Lots of SE Fitness members have events planned for Spring including Stafford Half Marathon, Cathedral to Castle 10 mile and others. We are also starting our new Couch to 5K and 5 to10K programmes. Set yourself a challenge and that will help you keep active, stick to your good habits and feel good.