Chances are that you overindulged on the more calorific, less nutrition-rich snacks this Christmas.
Don't stress, it's OK, the majority of us did. Sometimes, we have to obey the base demands of our taste buds; and there’s no better time to do that than the festive season, a time of year when most of the memories are made by gathering with friends and family around a table full of delicious dishes. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it, really.
But Christmas is gone now – and with it, the excuse to overindulge. What’s more, the drive for self-improvement and resolutions that the new year brings about is still hanging in the air. All things considered, odds are that you’ve arrived here because you’re looking for some post-holiday nutrition tips to help you repent for your seasonal sins. Well, we’ve gathered a few here, to set you on your path for a healthier 2019.
1. Eat more nuts
Odds are that all those fatty fry-ups from the festive season are still lingering a little on your taste buds. Well, to help you transition away from those particular indulgences, we’d recommend regularly snacking on nuts. Not only are they relatively high in fats, thus serving as a way of satisfying those old cravings, but they’re also rich in nutrients – and, in some cases, have been shown to boost metabolism and help with weight loss. A tasty snack that’ll help you shake off the Christmas pounds. Sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it?
2. Keep hydrated
This one might sound obvious; but we keep repeating it because, somehow, people still forget it. We really can’t overstate how important it is to drink plenty of water. And if possible, try to consume a good amount of it before meals (which has been shown to do a great deal to help weight loss) and before working out (which, as you likely don’t need to be told, can greatly improve performance). No matter how healthily you’ve eaten, your body won’t be of much use to you if it’s dry.
3. Find sweet alternatives
The month of mince pies and Christmas cakes has just passed, and the sweet cravings that it re-awoke aren’t going away any time soon.
You’ll find yourself craving something sweet again before long; and constantly pushing down that craving could just mean it building up until you fall off the wagon entirely. So instead of that, consider seeking out something healthy that you find satisfyingly sweet. A couple of apple or banana slices, enjoyed at the right time, could ward off those sweet cravings very effectively, while keeping you on the road to working off that Christmas weight.
4. Avoid fad diets
If you haven’t heard already, there really is nothing worse for your nutritional health than a fad diet.
Remember, folks, most diets are designed to be quick fixes – that’s how they sell. But when it comes to getting fit, there’s no such thing as a quick fix or a magic bullet – you ought to know that by now. So when a diet promises rapid weight loss, it’s either an outright lie, or some temporary measure that’ll have the weight creeping back on in under a year.
It’s a basic principle, but one that every health-conscious individual should be mindful of: don’t diet, just eat healthy. They’re very distinct things.
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