10 Easy ways to lose weight for Christmas
“If only I could lose weight in time for Christmas ….”
Many of us have said it, and throughout the year we’ve heard people mutter, “If only I could lose weight by the weekend.”
Shedding a few pounds in time for Christmas is by no means easy. After all, we’re already in December and Santa Claus is giving his sleigh one last clean before he takes off. This basically means that you’re looking to lose weight super quickly. You probably want to fit into a nice dress for Christmas Day, or perhaps you’re looking to slim down before you tuck into turkey dinner and all the trimmings.
Whatever your reasons, we’ve got a fantastic Christmas present for you: 10 top tips on how to shed a few pounds in time for the festive season. Let’s take a look!
Cut Down On The Sodium
Yes, we all know that salt is bad for our hips, but most of us believe that all we need to do is cut out the added salt.
But this is not quite so. While liberally sprinkling table salt over your meals is definitely bad for you, it only makes up around 25% of our sodium intake. The rest comes from salt that is already in our meals.
For example, processed food is crammed with salt, as are granola bars and tins of canned tuna. Moreover, a restaurant chef can be liberal with the salt too, unless you tell them to stop it.
Before you choose your next meal, carefully consider the salt content. Check the ingredients, do some prior research.
Drink Lots Of Water
Research is heavily on the side of water and shows that people who drink lots of H2O lose more weight than folk who choose to ignore it and drink sodas instead.
So if a guilty pleasure of yours is soda pops, energy drinks, alcohol and coffee, now is the time to embark on a health kick. Swap the sugary drinks for water in the build-up to Christmas and you’ll be able to treat yourself to some wine once the festivities arrive.
Lighten Your Load
To lighten your load, you need to become regular. If you only have 1-2 bowel movements a day, or if you have even less, you’re going to be walking around with extra weight.
A great way to become more regular and shift a few more pounds is by eating more fibre. The recommended daily intake for women is just 25g, but because you’re looking to up your game before Santa squeezes through your chimney, you should look to increase your intake by an extra 10-15g. Start your day with a hearty bowl of porridge and you’re already on the right track.
Another great way to get things moving is by drinking a cup of hot water with lemon. You can either do this in the morning or just before bed – or both. Lemon water will lower the PH in your stomach, which in turn activates digestive enzymes. Basically, it gets things moving.
If You Must Eat A Dessert, Try Dark Chocolate
We all like eating a dessert now and then. It can make a meal feel worthwhile, and we simply can’t resist the taste.
But sugary treats are just no good for you, especially if you’re trying to shed a few pounds. If you must eat a dessert, you should replace your usual ones with a piece or two of dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate contains a lot less sugar than cakes and pies, and it also promotes heart health.
Cut Out Junk Food
Junk food is the villain of the game here, and you absolutely must avoid ALL junk food. This means that you can’t even have a single burger between now and Christmas, because the amount of weight you will gain from it is not worth thinking about.
Stick To Whole Foods
You should abide by the following saying between now and Christmas:
“If mother nature didn’t make it, avoid it.”
Basically, you need to stick to natural whole foods that your body recognises as clean fuel. It will respond by metabolising and digesting it super quickly, which in turn will help you to shed a few more pounds.
Sticking to whole foods means you’ll be eating fruit, whole grains, dairy, beans, meat, eggs, poultry and starchy vegetables. Get on it.
Avoid The Scale
You should avoid the scale between now and Christmas too. Why obsessively check it each morning and grow dismayed if nothing has changed? This will not put you in the right mind, and it could derail your motivation. You only need to check the scales once Christmas has arrived.
Work Out In The Morning
When you stumble out of bed and fall into the kitchen at 7am, working out is the last thing on your mind. All you want to do is make a cup of coffee and butter some toast, while bemoaning the fact that you’ve got another day of work to get through.
It’s crucial, though, that you use these mornings leading up to Christmas as an opportunity to work out. Working your abs in the morning can trim inches from a bulging waistline and quickens your metabolism. Basically, it sets the tone for the rest of the day
All you need is around five minutes of high intensity core work and you’re all sorted.
Eat A Big Breakfast
A lot of people either have very little for breakfast, such as a piece of toast and a cup of coffee, or they skip it altogether. But this just makes you hungry as soon as you get into work, and it causes you to snack. This in turn can lead to weight gain.
Instead, you should fill yourself up with a hearty and healthy breakfast that contains at least 300 calories. This will keep you trucking for a few hours, and will not lead to unhelpful snacking.
Kick The Habits
If you’ve got a bad habit, such as smoking, drinking alcohol or excessive snacking, you should definitely try to kick it between now and Christmas. This will help a LOT.