5 ways to get in shape for the festive season
Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re worried about fitting into your party dress, there are steps you can take to lose weight and get in shape.
January is traditionally the time of year when people start diets. But if the thought of squeezing into your Christmas party outfit brings you out in a cold sweat, you might want to consider starting your weight loss plan before Christmas arrives.
Set yourself up for success
When beginning any weight loss regime, it’s important to start off on the right foot. Choose a start date and rid your kitchen of any ‘bad’ foods that you don’t want to eat (or at least put them out of plain sight). Next, you’ll want to develop a menu of healthy meals and set aside some time each week for meal prep. It’s also important to set yourself some goals to help keep you on track. Just be sure to keep them realistic or you could quickly find yourself becoming discouraged and demotivated.
Losing weight is so much easier when you have some moral support. If a family member or friend also wants to shift the excess pounds, why not embark on a weight loss journey together? You can offer each other support and motivation, as well as helping to keep each other on the straight and narrow when your resolve starts to waver. If you feel you need something more structured, you might want to consider joining a weight loss programme such as Weight Watchers or Slimming World.
Being active and taking regular exercise is hugely important when it comes to successful and sustained weight loss. This doesn’t have to mean training for a marathon, or climbing Kilimanjaro – even making small changes can have a big impact. We spoke to a personal trainer in London who recommended finding an activity that you enjoy, whether that’s weight lifting in the gym, jogging around the local park, taking dance lessons, or simply going for walks in the local countryside.
Reduce your alcohol intake
Alcohol is the dieter’s worst enemy. As well as being full of empty calories, alcohol also changes the way our bodies process alcohol, and interferes with blood sugar levels. This, combined with the dreaded ‘hangover munchies’, makes it the ultimate diet destroyer. If giving up alcohol altogether is too difficult (and let’s face it, there is a lot of temptation around at this time of year), focus on reducing your intake and alternating your favourite tipple with tasty non-alcoholic alternatives.
Make the right choices
Losing weight and keeping it off is all about making the right food choices. Avoid sugary, processed carbs such as chocolate, cake and white bread, and instead opt for healthy proteins and foods with a low Glycaemic Index such as fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrain cereals, wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholewheat pasta, nuts, and pulses. Having said that, don’t feel that you must completely deprive yourself of your favourite food. Eating the occasional treat won’t do any lasting damage and could help you to keep on track.
Losing weight can seem like a daunting task, but by making small lifestyle changes, making healthy choices and practising moderation, you’ll soon shed those excess pounds, leaving you looking in tip top shape for your Christmas parties and into the New Year.