With Christmas just around the corner it might be tempting to just give up on your weight loss goals completely, and give in to the all the indulgences that come with the festive season. But why undo your hard work through the year and have to double your efforts come January to shift the excesses of Christmas?!
There is another way!
Not only is it possible to stop weight GAIN during the festive period, with a little bit of effort and focus you can actually continue to LOSE weight! In fact, if you follow these tips below you could even lose another 2 kilos before Christmas Day!
And that doesn’t mean skipping all the wonderful food and drink either!
Tips to Lose 2 Kilos by Christmas and Accelerate your Results
1. Stay Focused On Healthy Eating
This may seem obvious but what foods we consume daily is the biggest factor of weight loss. When we stay on top of our daily calorie goal, our bodies respond by losing weight fast.
In the run up to Christmas, there are temptations everywhere, and it’s easy to sneak in an extra mince pie or cocktail. Don’t give up on logging your meals and snacks in the Healthy Mummy App so you know exactly what you’re putting in your body. The App allows you to log all your calories from both the meal plans and to customise your own snacks and meals to track calorie intake.
There are heaps of healthy Christmassy alternatives for festive meals and snacks in the Healthy Mummy App so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on Christmas treats.
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2. Change Up Your Exercise
If you’ve been taking a 45-minute walk every day, your body may have become used to this level of exercise. It’s time to shock your body a little bit so that it can crank up your results.
So why not try throwing in a one minute run every five minutes of your walk? Or if you have been working out using your body weight as resistance, try adding in some hand weights.
There are over 500 at home workouts in the Healthy Mummy App, so why not try a new one? From Dance Cardio to Express Boxing, to Weights Workouts, there is a workout to suit everyone!!
You won’t believe how long it takes to burn off your favourite Christmas treats!
3. Up your protein intake
Ensure that you are eating enough protein in your meals and snacks. It will boost your metabolism, reduce your appetite and help regulate the hormones that support weight loss. Think nuts, LSA, boiled eggs, poached chicken, natural peanut butter, tofu.
We have over 5,000 protein and fibre rich & family friendly recipes on our in the Healthy Mummy App.
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Make sure you’re drinking consistently throughout the day, little sips all day is key. Drinking enough water is essential for burning off fat from food and drink, as well as stored fat. Plus water does the best job of flushing out excess salt and fluids your body no longer needs. Drinking lots of water especially before meals helps staves off hunger pangs and can make you feel fuller.
Keep your water bottle with you at all times in the run up to Christmas!
5. Recalculate your BMR
If you really want to crank up your weight loss in the run up to Christmas, re-calculate your BMR. It’s often something we forget to do. If you’ve already lost a few kilos or changed your routine, recalculate your daily calories as you may need MORE! This will actually aid in weight loss.
Go here to calculate your BMR
6. Choose your drinks wisely
The festivities of Christmas often bring work parties and social gatherings where alcohol is at the fore front! Not only is excessive alcohol intake terrible for weight loss, it can also seriously loosen your will power. Alcohol tends to lessen your inhibitions, and you may find that you have less control over what you eat.
If you do want to indulge in a holiday cocktail or two, consider diluting your drink with extra ice, water or seltzer, and alternating each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water in order to keep control of your eating and prevent dehydration. Also, remember to count those liquid calories. A mixed drink, like a daiquiri or margarita, can have 500 calories per glass.
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7. Watch your Carb intake
Many of us are confused about carbs and diet. How much we should eat if any at all when trying to blast fat. The important thing to remember is that not all carbs are created equal. Bad carbs are highly processed and are not only high in sugar, but they are also significantly lower in nutrients and fibre than whole foods.
You can also check out our Carb X here which helps how your body processes carbs.
Carbs break down more rapidly into glucose and enter your bloodstream far faster than vegetables and other good carbs. However, the fact is that carbs are the number one source of energy-producing foods. Therefore we CANNOT leave them out of our diet completely. We need an array of good carbs – think brown rice, oats, grains, seeds, and vegetables. Try to consume a small portion of whole grain carbs at each main meal to increase your dietary fibre intake and aid in weight loss.
8. Fire up your metabolism
Stimulating your metabolism will fire up your body’s ability to burn fat, so it’s super important when trying to lose weight. If you’re feeling a little sluggish, there’s many simple ways to give your metabolism a boost!
Try these 12 easy ways to boost your metabolism
9. Have a Smoothie twice a day
Lets face it, Christmas is a super busy time for mums with lots of running around to be done. Having a quick Healthy Mummy Smoothie for breakfast will not only save you time, it’ll also nutritionally set you up for the day. Having an extra one for either lunch or a snack means you can stay on the go and know exactly what calories you’re consuming. Using Smoothies during this time will also accelerate your results. They’re packed with protein, vitamins and minerals and taste AMAZING!
10. Get support
Find your tribe that’s going to support you at this time. While lots of people use Christmas as an excuse to over indulge, make sure you’re nearest and dearest understand that you are taking your weight loss seriously, and you need their help and support in getting there. Most people will respect and admire your dedication, particularly at Christmas time, so don’t be afraid to let them know.
Jump onto the Healthy Mummy Facebook group and be inspired by like minded mums who will be doing the same thing.
For more help and support, check out these helpful articles.
From all of us at the Healthy Mummy, we wish you a wonderful Healthy Happy Christmas!
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