Shed those Christmas pounds fast

Shed those Christmas pounds fast

It’s inevitable that after weeks of over-indulgence in the run up to Christmas and the New Year that you may well have put on a few extra pounds. If you’re looking to shed that unwanted extra, here’s a quick way to slim down without crash dieting.

Rather than starving yourself you need to make sure that you eat a sensible mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fresh fruit and vegetables all in balanced meals.

Absolutely no snacking on chocolates, biscuit or cream laden puddings. Abstaining completely will ensure that you slim down quickly.

Substitute white rice, pasta and bread for their wholemeal counterparts to ensure a healthier and stodge-free meal.

Breakfast: 

Try breakfasts of porridge with banana and honey, fresh fruit or poached eggs on wholegrain bread. 

Lunch:

For lunch, salmon with baby potatoes and spinach or lean chicken stir fries using ground nut or coconut oils.

Dinner:

For dinner, try vegetable curry with aubergine, carrot, potatoes, chick peas and tinned tomatoes, a spoonful of low-fat yoghurt and fresh coriander. Substitute fatty puddings for low fat yoghurts and fresh fruit.

Team your healthy eating plan with these simple exercises: do this complete circuit for three non-consecutive days a week and do the full circuit three times. Ensure you cool down and warm up as appropriate.

Round one:

  • 30 seconds of push ups. Do as many as you can in the time – use bent knees if needed.
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 1 minute of marching

Round two:

  • 30 seconds of squats. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, with your arms straight out in front of you and bend your legs as if sitting down. Then return to standing.
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 1 minute of marching

Round three:

  • 30 seconds of dumbbell lift – with a dumbbell in each hand, step your left foot forward, making sure your legs are bent slightly. Lean forward from the waist with your palms facing inwards and bend the right arm and bring the dumbbell to the waist. Lower and repeat on the left side and alternate the arms. After 15 seconds change legs so the right foot is forward.
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 1 minute of marching.
     

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Roger B.
12 January 2016

Roger B.

perhaps due to no office or other parties, I've not put on weight over xmas. But the workout is handy for days when it is just too nasty to head for the gym.

Frank H.
10 January 2016

Frank H.

This sounds like a great framework for kicking off the new year well - I suppose I'm a week or so behind but there's still time to get back to healthy eating after the excess of Christmas.

Sarah L.
8 January 2016

Sarah L.

brilliant - there's always baked bean tins handy! This is such a miserable time of year with the dark evenings, so that indoor workout is perfect.

craig t.
6 January 2016

craig t.

This is very hard to do when there's still loads of christmas chocs and crisps leftover!!

Sasha B.
4 January 2015

Sasha B.

My brain has gone to mush over Xmas so this simple plan is just what I need to prompt me into getting healthy again, I can do all of round 3 now!!

Matthew C.
1 January 2015

Matthew C.

Also - I definitely agree with the vegetable curry suggestion. Our vegetable chilli we had for lunch today was one of the best meals I've had for....well, 10 days!

Matthew C.
1 January 2015

Matthew C.

To be honest, after 10 days of indulging, I can't wait to get back to healthy fresh food a bit more. We still have loads of chocs to eat up though. Hopefully those won't matter so much if 80% if healthy though...

Sarah L.
30 December 2014

Sarah L.

I'm not sure I've been over-indulging for 'weeks' but there is a slight increase in poundage. So I'll be trying these tips out.

Trevor D.
30 December 2014

Trevor D.

I like the low-equipment workout - roads too icy to get to the gym and even the pavements are a bit un-nerving. Pass the baked bean tins for dumb-bells!

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