How are you planning to lose weight after Christmas?

By the time Christmas is over, you’ve either maintained your weight (if you’ve read my post) or you’ve probably gained a few pounds. Well, there is nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about. This is something you and I need to start working on so that we can get into the new year with a new lifestyle.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be hard, and it isn’t. Most people jump right into a diet instead of easing themselves into a new lifestyle. If you’ve done this then that’s why it’s hard for you to lose weight.

You can’t change your habits all of a sudden and expect to lose a stone. First because you’ll only stick to a strict diet for around a week or two,  and second because losing a stone would most likely take a year to do (or more).

To lose weight and keep it off for good you need to change your lifestyle. And by that I don’t mean you need to be a gym addict and take a ton of supplements and eat super lean! I mean you need to start eating in a way that respects your body, exercising more, and sleeping better. You need to understand that you can have a salad for lunch with a snickers bar for dessert (not everyday though). You have to understand moderation.

 

So here is what I suggest you start with.  Just 5 simple steps for you to start losing the weight you gained after Christmas:

 

  1. Drink plenty of water

Try to drink as much water as you can. Christmas food is usually not that healthy and most likely high in sugar. By drinking enough water you wash away toxins from your body.

Water is vital for your body. It helps to regulate your metabolism and your portion control. When you drink water before every meal can reduce your appetite by filling up your stomach so that you don’t need as much food to feel full. Try drinking about 1,5 liters of water daily and you’ll start to feel the weight coming off.

 

  1. Meal Prep

If you want to succeed at losing this extra weight then you need to plan your meals in a way that you can avoid last minute fast food meals. This means preparing everything from breakfast to morning snacks, to lunch and even dinner.

If you can plan your meals and make sure they’re all healthy you can set yourself up for success right from the start. But keep in mind your portions, as even if the food you’re eating is healthy you may go over on the calories you should be eating. Be careful about it and you will succeed.

 

 

  1. Join a high cardio group class

Working out can be a dreadful thing to do after you’ve spent two days eating like crazy, but it is a necessary evil.

You can’t lose weight if you don’t exercise, you have to spend the calories you ate in excess.

But I understand how difficult it can be to start going to the gym, so think about joining some high cardio group classes.

Most gyms have these, and it can really help you to finish a work out, especially since from the moment you enter the class until it’s over you can’t back down. I mean, you can but it would be embarrassing to leave midway through it.

This is the best way to make sure you break a sweat once and for all. All you have to do is motivate yourself to get out of the house and in the gym, once you’re there the instructor will make sure you do the rest.

 

  1. Don’t skip meals

Plan to have enough meals throughout the day so that you don’t feel inclined to snack because you get too hungry. Try to eat every 3 hours at least.

Do not skip meals. Please don’t skip a meal because you feel you need to cut down on your calories drastically. You don’t.

Skipping a meal will only make you extra hungry and you won’t be able to feel satisfied with your (planned) meal when you do finally eat. You’ll end up overeating or even binging, which will make you feel even worse afterwards.

Bottom line, don’t skip meals!

 

  1. Track your progress

If you are make all the efforts I’ve mentioned, then you should be tracking your progress. When you start trying to lose weight and changing your perspective on health and fitness, you can only see the results by tracking them in a fitness journal. This is the best way for you to understand how your body is doing, and if it’s working or not. Tracking what you eat and what workouts you’re doing, and how you’ve been sleeping should be done daily. Weighing yourself once a week is fine. Always weigh yourself at the same hour, usually after you wake up in the morning, before breakfast. This way you can get more accurate results.

 

If you start implementing these small simple changes, you’ll see the Christmas weight coming right off in no time.

 

Do you have any tips for anyone who’s starting in a weight loss journey? Let me know!