An extra serving of potatoes, deep fried foods, nyama choma, high sugar foods, a cocktail or two. By their individual self, these food items taken in great moderation may not be that bad, but indulging in them comes at a cost. The extra 2, 3 or 5kg gained over the festive period may not seem much, but the extra weight may become a problem if you do nothing about it immediately. This will carry on over to the next holiday when you gain more, and more.
Not to sweat though, there are simple hacks you can do to help you shed the extra weight over the course of January.
- Re-establish your normal eating habits as soon as you’re done with your vacay.
- Avoid takeout food. They contain the high calories and extra sugar you don’t need right now. Go the market or grocery near you and buy fresh ingredients. Prepare homemade meals and eat. Should you need to snack, choose healthier options (fruits and nuts will do)
- Eat more often. Yes. Eat more often. People who have kept their weight off for more than a few years tend to eat an average of five times a day. Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, boost your energy, improve your mood and even speed your metabolism.
- Drink water. Lots of it. Drink water before, during and after meals. Drinking water helps you feel full thus naturally controlling your food portions. Go easy on the alcohol and soda/any sugary drinks (you’ve consumed enough to last you a long while).
- Restart your normal exercise routine if you slacked off during your vacation. Intensify your workout to go back to ‘normal’ quicker. If you don’t workout, this can be a great start to a good lifestyle
- Track and monitor your progress from your resolutions. Weight loss doesn’t take place overnight. Aim to lose between 300-500 calories per day for the whole month.
All the best and Happy New Year.