It’s that time of year again. Christmas decorations are in store, event notifications are coming through on Facebook and colleagues are already asking what your plans are for the holidays. Virtually or not, gathering with friends and family this year may have you wanting to lose those dreaded iso kilos. Here are 6 tips from our Dietitian Tess, to help you lose a kilo (or two!) before Christmas.
1. Drink more water
“When we don’t drink enough water throughout the day, sometimes our body confuses this dehydration for hunger,” Tess says. She recommends aiming to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day and opt for water over soft drink and energy drinks, as these have a lot of sugar and can lead to unwanted weight gain when over consumed. “If you feel like a sweet drink, consider a YouJuice or Kombucha,” she adds.
2. Avoid skipping meals
“You may think that skipping meals will fast-track your weight loss, but it can have the opposite effect as skipping causes your blood sugar levels to drop, leading to fatigue,” Tess says. Create a structured eating pattern and plan ahead by ordering your healthy ready-made meals, snacks and drinks for the week.
3. Prioritise getting a good nights sleep
Tess warns: “When we don’t get enough sleep it can increase our appetite and make us crave foods high in carbohydrates and sugar, leading to weight gain.” Make sleep a priority by going to bed at a similar time each night, limiting screen time before bed and aiming for a solid 8 hours.
4. Have snacks on hand
Tess is an advocate for snacks (her go-to is fresh fruit or the White Choc Blondie Bite and says “having a structured eating plan that includes snacks will help to prevent overeating and opting for unhealthy foods throughout the day.”
5. Limit your alcohol consumption
While it’s satisfying to have a cold beer after a long day or a cocktail, these drinks are high in calories and can make it hard to shift unwanted weight. “Aim to have at least two alcohol-free days per week, and have no more than two standard drinks per day when you do choose to drink,” Tess says.
6. Swap takeaway for your favourite Youfoodz meal
“Fast foods have a lot of saturated and trans fats, which is the type that’s undesirable for our overall health and weight loss,” Tess says. “When you’re time-poor, it can be tempting to get takeaway, instead, order your favourite Youfoodz meals to have on hand or pop into your local store to pick one up on the way home.” You can find your local store here.
This article was originally published on YouFoodz by Sheridan Murphy
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