With the children returning to school, it won’t be long before the baubles, tinsel, chocolates and gifts are all available in the supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas.
If you’ve overindulged this summer holiday, then now is the time to start thinking about the forthcoming festive parties and start to focus on the waistline.
Simon Bandy, General Manager at Health Plus, here shares his tips for shedding some pounds in the lead up to Christmas and the party season:
- Eat breakfast like a king:There’s an old saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.’ If you fill up at breakfast it kick-starts the metabolism, and gives the body a tank of energy to burn throughout the day. Having the smallest meal at the end of the day means that you won’t have excess calories when you are generally the most sedentary.
- Be prepared:If you spend time preparing healthy snacks for home and work then you are less likely to fall off the dieting wagon. If you have crudités ready for when you are feeling peckish or high-fibre snacks like dried fruits and nuts around the house, then you can curb the hunger without the guilt.
- Water: Don’t underestimate the power of H20 when you think you are feeling hungry. More often than not the body is thirsty so have a large glass of water and wait 20 minutes before bounding to the kitchen or the shop.
- Simple maths: You’ve heard the expression, ‘Eat less and move more’ – this is a simple formula for losing weight. Fewer calories in and more burnt through exercise will result in weight loss. Remember, to lose 1lb in weight you need to burn 3,500 more calories than you consume. To help aid weight loss try Health Plus Xtra-Slim capsules (£21.95 for 90 capsules) which create a thermogenic reaction in the body, burning fat cells and allowing proper weight management and helping to maintain the metabolism.
- Make the naughty list – Don’t totally restrict everything from your diet. If you do this it is highly likely you’ll break your diet through binging on your taboo food. Better to include a little of what you fancy as a weekly treat.