1. Drink Plenty Of Water
You’re most likely suffering from bloat build up in your body right now thanks to all the festive feasting but fret not, drinking water could actually help.
According to Amy Shapiro, a New York-based dietician, drinking plenty of water could help flush out the excess sodium in your body so it doesn’t feel the need to retain water that much, causing you to bloat.
2. Include Fresh Options
Make it a point to include at least one fresh item into your meal each time you eat. Whether it’s a handful of rockets on your pizza or even extra vegetables in your burger, go for it!
Having fibre throughout the day keeps you full for longer and keep your disgestive system healthy and happy.
3. Get Rid Of Simple Carbs
With so many Christmas cookies, chocolates and cakes left over, it’s hard to resist the urge to eat them all but, for effective weight loss, you have to!
Instead, opt for fruit and fresh foods to curb your sugar cravings.
4. Stay Away From Lattes And Other Drinks High In Sugar
With so much champagne and wine leftover, you’re probably thinking of finishing them off before they go to waste but don’t — wait till Chinese New Year instead.
We know it’s tempting to just get a regular sized latte every now and then but for the sake of your diet, don’t. Wait it out and watch what it does to your tummy. You’ll see that your waist measurements will shrink thanks to the lack of bloat.
5. Snack Smarter And Better
Snacking is often encouraged but it doesn’t mean you should go overboard with it.
When snacking, choose foods that can properly help you raise and keep blood sugar levels up so you’re functioning well throughout the day. Instead of going for chips and other processed foods, opt for raw vegetables, hard-boiled eggs and hummus.
6. Walk More
With all weight loss plans, a little exercise is necessary. After all, where’s all that excess energy going to go if you don’t move a little bit, right?
If you’re trying to lose weight before Chinese New Year, drink more water (to up your metabolism and replenish fluids) and walk a little more.
Walking helps to aid in your digestion and helps food move along seamlessly through your disgestive tract too.
7. Unplug And Unwind
Research has shown that our dependency on electronics has caused us to feel a little more depressed and is making us burnout a little faster than usual.
Technology overload is very real and majority of time, when we’re using our electronic devices so much, we’re mainly sedentary while we’re at it. So make it a point to go phone-free on the weekends if you can so you’re more focused on what’s happening around you.
8. Sit Up Straight When Eating
You may not realise it, but you’ll find it effortless gobbling down a full packet of chips while lying on the couch. Sitting up straight when you eat has the opposite effect. When your body is upright, your food will reach the lower part of your stomach faster, sending signals to the brain that you have eaten enough and it’s time to put the snacks away.
9. Eat Your Biggest Meal First Thing In The Morning
It’s an oldie but a goodie: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and eat dinner like a pauper. Making dinner your smallest meal and breakfast your largest of the day gives your body the chance to burn off the most kilojoules while you’re active, rather than having food sitting in your stomach and taking longer to digest while you’re asleep.
10. Choose Between Drinks or Dessert
Beverages are not as satiating as solid foods, and people usually do not compensate for liquid calories by eating less food. It’s okay to drink milk but otherwise stick with water or other noncaloric beverages like tea and coffee (watch the cream and sugar). Choose whole fruits over juice.