Holidays are a period of excess. We eat too much, drink too much, snooze too much and spend way too much time lazing around. It is therefore unsurprising that most people pack on the kgs, with the excuse of being on a holiday or on a vacation, and to get rid of the extra weight (fat gained) will be the first resolution!
Although on paper it makes perfect sense to pace yourself during holidays and vacations, not everyone has the willpower to say no. So I guess the key question here is, how do you get rid of the extra weight (fats) after holidays? More importantly, how do you keep it off, healthily?
The first step is to get rid of the guilt. We all do it after the hype of a holiday disappear, we are left unable to squeeze into our skinny jeans, and immediately we begin the self-loathing journey, berating ourselves at every opportunity. But this is counterproductive, as the more you criticise yourself, the more stress you put on your body, which in turn, means putting on MORE weight.
Be kind to yourself. Yes, you may have overdone it over the holidays or while you were on vacation, but so did 99% of the population. So, instead of focusing on what you cannot change, focus on what you CAN do to get yourself back on track.
It takes approximately 14 days for a new habit or behaviour to set in and about a month to see a difference. With that in mind, find some tips below that will ensure you get rid of extra weight after the holidays, to assist you on Protocol:
10 WAYS TO GET RID OF THE EXTRA WEIGHT HEALTHILY:
- STAY ON PROTOCOL:
I am stating the obvious here, but honestly, the first step to getting rid of extra weight is to get back on track. This commitment alone will work wonders for your self-esteem and it increases accountability. Stick to your Protocol and continue your drops/injections. A steak/apple day is also advised after a gain or stall, or a Detox if you were off protocol for a while and want a fresh start.
- Move More:
Even though this is not mandatory on our program, moving comes with various benefits. Up your steps a day to 10000 if you can, skip the elevator/escalator, check out our moderate Weekly Workout Challenges on the VIP Slimming Lounge. Do any 5km fun run/walk you can find in your area. So many things to do you don’t even need a gym. You can even involve your entire family. Our office join in on regular races in Estates, Warrior, Spartan and other fun walks. Keep an eye out for our Move More Calendar launching soon.
- GET RID OF JUNK PROCESSED FOODS:
Let’s face it, if it sits in your fridge, you will eat it. So if you are serious about shifting stubborn kgs, clear your cupboards of any temptation, and that includes ALL junk and processed foods.
- GO DRY:
Spend weeks of alcohol-free. It is the perfect way to detox your body and give your liver a break by cutting back on alcohol till you reach goals.
- HYDRATE YOURSELF:
This is such an important part of your routine to get rid of the extra weight (fats)! Drinking water rids your body of toxins, it increases your metabolism as well as improves your physical and mental performance. Aim for at least 2 litres a day.
- INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE:
Good quality protein intake allows your muscles to recover from any activity and also to maintain your muscles during rapid weight loss. Maintaining your lean muscle mass is vital in order to lose body fat and get rid of the extra weight. The more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolic rate is. Remember this is the only item we weight on Protocol as this is very important.
- INCLUDE HEALTHY FATS IN YOUR DIET:
Include fats such as coconut oil. The Omega’s in your allowed fish. Healthy fats are essential for bone and joint health. Our bodies are designed to digest healthy fats and animal proteins so you will not add extra kgs by including these in your diet. Phase 3 allows for more good fats like avocado and olive oil.
- AVOID THE WHITE DEVILS OF NUTRITION:
Avoid white rice, white flour, white pastas, white sugars, as well as anything refined. These are known as simple sugars and wreak havoc with your body. NOT ALLOWED at all on Protocol Phase 1 and 2.
Opt rather for slow-releasing complex carbs on Phase 3 such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, and brown rice for a steady-release of energy that will assist in maintaining a healthy level of blood sugar throughout the day.
- ADD MORE VEGETABLES TO YOUR LIFE:
Keep your plates colourful with crunchy and delicious vegetables. Raw vegetables are perfect snacks too, so pack colourful small bites delicious and nutritious!
- BE PATIENT:
Changing your lifestyle means that your body’s weight-regulating mechanisms will begin to change too. It is very important that you stick to a healthy eating regime as being hungrier means it is often difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan. Ask about our appetite suppressants should you feel you need additional support to curb the hunger and/or cravings.
To get rid of extra weight (fats) after a holiday or a vacation is no easy feat, so it’s better to make sure you set realistic goals for yourself. Write these down in a journal and treat each day as another step towards your goal. Be kind to yourself and be patient. Shifting stubborn weight doesn’t happen overnight, but if you commit to the tips above, we guarantee that you will be a healthier, leaner, happier you, all throughout the year.
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