I hope that you all had a wonderful time during the holidays and that you enjoyed not only eating limitlessly, but also spending quality time with your family and friends. I am sure that you tried plenty of incredible and delicious recipes! But, I also know -now that the holidays are over- that you all want to lose quickly and easily the weight you gained…In fact, I know that you all set new goals regarding nutrition, health, and exercise since you want to be even more fit in the new year. For this reason, my goal is not to tell you what to do in order to lose the weight you gained and how to return to your old fitness routine… I will simply tell you those 5 things that you’d better not do because they will definitely not help you accomplish the best possible result.
1. Do not feel guilty. Just think positively!
It is absolutely normal not only to eat and drink a little more during the holidays, but also to not work out as much as we used to (if we used to). Do not feel guilty or be upset about that. It is something that can be fixed very very easily provided that you want it. Simply do what I tell you almost all the time… follow a healthier lifestyle and start slowly; in the first week, make one of your five daily meals healthy, in the second week two of your meals, etc., until you reach that week when you’ll have five out of five healthy daily meals.
Moreover, you can adopt a kind of mantra or a positive thought, which you should repeat to yourself all the time. An example of that is, “I can accomplish every goal I set” or in another case “I have succeeded again, I will succeed this time too, and it will even be easier”!
2. Do not start some sort of an express diet right the next day or shortly after the holidays!
Pressuring ourselves too much, in order to go back to our old lifestyle or to start an express diet shortly after the holidays and lose quickly all of the kilos that we gained, is not a solution. The point is to start a healthier lifestyle that will hopefully last at least 11 out of 12 months of the year and that will have results. Otherwise, your weight will simply fluctuate, you will be disappointed, and you will feel that it is too hard to make it!
3. Do not skip your breakfast!
This is something that I hear very often and I really cannot believe that people get up in the morning and go to their work or run errands without eating breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is what gives us the energy to cope with our everyday life. So, as we all need energy… make sure this is not the meal that you skip from your everyday life in order to lose weight. Besides, our body needs to have meals-snacks often so they can burn calories on a regular basis… A balanced eating plan along with the advice of a specialist are those things that will bring you success.
4. Do not overdo it with your workout routine.
This is also something that I see very often! In the first days of January, the gym is always full of people… So, I see a lot of people going to the gym and either doing too many exercises or repetitions, or even many group training programs. Losing the weight in only one day either by dieting or by working out, is something that should not be your goal. Keep thinking that a change in your lifestyle is what will bring the desired results and will make you have good health, a balanced weight, and a good mood.
5. Do not cut out carbs entirely from your diet.
Carbs are the body’s main energy source – it is something that we all need in our diet! Simply choose complex carbs, as they contain lots of fibers and will make you feel full for longer, while you won’t have to eat very large quantities. Complex carbs can be found in whole-wheat products, like whole-wheat pasta, rice, and bread, but also in vegetables, legumes, and oats.
Follow the advice above and I am sure that it will give you the motivation you need in order to get on the “right path” without making pointless mistakes that will deprive you of stuff and drive you far from your goal.
This article was written in collaboration with Kitchen Lab’s Sports Nutritionist Anna Maria Volanaki, MSc, BDA, SENr.