Everyone wants to look good, there is no denying that. We want to have the skin of a baby, a dress to impress, have the perfect haircut and the best shoes but sometimes, abnormal weight gain becomes a major turn-off for the whole dressing-up-and-looking-good idea.
This is especially the case for most of us following holidays. Just a week of indulgence can easily add another 5 pounds to our weight woes, making us feel unnecessarily guilty each time we bite into our food.
If you’re one of those people who are worrying themselves sick about losing the holiday weight that they put on during Eid, look no further(!) for we have 4 simple tips to start you off on on the post-holiday weight loss regime.
Fix your eating habits
The holidays are long over, so, just like every other aspect of your life is back to its pre-holiday state, so must your diet be.
It goes without saying that the food we eat plays an important role in losing or gaining the weight.
Research states that the most protein enriched meal of the day should be the breakfast, not lunch or dinner. Secondly, eat half of the amount you had in the breakfast for your lunch and then decrease the amount further at dinner. In simple words, as the day passes, our food in-take should decrease!
This means no more late-night indulgence in fried and junk food and absolutely no chocolates right before bedtime!
I know, you’re probably thinking, “Duh!”
But while you’re judging me for recommending something as obvious as exercise, the important question is: how often do you do it?
It is not possible for everyone to join a gym. This is a bigger problem for the ladies as there aren’t many females only gyms around. The best alternate for gym exercise no matter what gender you are is to do brisk walk everyday for at least 30 minutes. A proper brisk walk for 30 minutes will help you cover a distance of around 4 kilometers!
This activity is good for the body and also a less intense form of cardio.
Some in-house exercise can also help, e.g. performing planks everyday along with sit-ups and crunches etc. 15 – 20 minutes of these exercises in multiple sets will definitely help your body get back in shape.
Being disciplined can help you lose weight faster. Organize your daily cycle and allocate sufficient time to your night’s sleep.
The best way is to go to sleep before 11:00 p.m. and sleep for at least 7 hours in the night.
Sleeping at the right time and the sleep period according to your body’s need will keep you fresh in the day and you won’t gain weight because of sleep depriviation.
The drinks we take also help in the process. It is recommended that you drink water 30 minutes before you start your meal and avoid drinking anything 30 minutes after the meal.
Be warned that the-3-liters-of-water-everyday mantra is just a myth. Drink as much as your body requires or as much as you want to drink.
Have a cup of coffee a day, it will help you increase and improve your metabolism. Avoid carbonated drinks and rely on water mostly.
To follow these tips, one needs to be patient as losing weight is generally a very slow process and without extreme diet control and gym exercise, it gets even slower. Try these healthy tips and tell us if they helped you! Best of luck!