So the holidays are officially behind us and I don’t know about you but I’m feeling a few pounds heavier and a little sluggish….Not to fear though it’s not just us and its easy to fix!
Here are my basic tips for January to get you back on top and feeling better.
- Simplify your food – Cut out as much processed food as you can. I like the term “live off the land”. If it runs, fly’s, swims, grows in the ground or on a tree then its good to go for the most part. Keep your food basic and simple (that doesn’t mean boring just simple). Eating good simple food like this will help reduce bloating from all the processed and high sodium foods that go around during December.
- Prioritise protein – Protein can take a dip in most peoples diet during December due to the high fat and carb intake of most peoples diet (piggies, chocolate and cheese come to mind to name a few). To help balance this out aim for increasing your protein intake. Chicken, beef, turkey and fish are your main sources or protein to be aiming for.
- Portion size and calorie control – I always recommend tracking calories this time of year but if you aren’t one for tracking calories thats fine. Simply reduce you portion sizes to a reasonable amount and a nice balanced plate of veggies, protein and carbs. If you can though track your calories and macros its fair more efficient.
- Remove all temptation – My house is FULL of food…or at least it was. I had lots of chocolate I was given as well as lots of high calorie foods. To save myself from being tempted to eat them I’v taken them to the food bank and given them away to people who want them. This way i can’t be tempted by all of the mint match makers and Thortons chocolates.
- Hydrate – Drink at least 2 litres of water a day if not more. This will aid in digestion and help to flush everything out of your body such as sodium which will help reduce bloating.
- Eliminate or reduce alcohol intake – I personally will be doing dry January. This is simply to avoid excess calories and more bloating. If you cant eliminate alcohol try to at least reduce and control the amount you have.
- Plan your exercise – Either plan which classes you’ll be doing at the gym, pick a gym routine your going to do and then sit and plan the days you are going to go. If you have a plan written out, even if its just the days you plan to attend the gym then you are far more likely to succeed. Winging it will only get you so far before you smart skipping sessions. Write it down and tick them off once complete.
- Find some support – Whether it be a personal trainer or just a friend or a group of people you train with make sure you have support behind you to keep you pushing on as things get tougher later in the month. Your not the only one feeling this way or with this goal so don’t tackle this by yourself.
- Set a goal – Make sure its achievable and not too drastic. Even the simple goal of just losing a couple of pounds or just feeling more energetic and fitter is a great goal for January. Having a goal gives you something to aim for and will keep you on track. Choosing to difficult of a goal will set you up for failure so keep it simple and achievable.
These are just some basic tips for your January. Getting back on track doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult to keep it basic and simple and you’ll be far more likely to succeed.
Goodluck everyone with your January goals and Happy New Year!!!