Winter Weight Loss Tips
 

As the holiday season draws to a close and the New Year gets into the full swing of things, many of us will feel like we have over-indulged in a mixture of alcohol and fatty, rich foods.

If the festive period of excess has resulted in your waistline gaining a few extra inches, then the Alphega Pharmacy Winter Weight Loss Guide can provide all the information and motivation you need to get started.

 

 

Weight Loss After Christmas
Our modern lifestyle, and especially times of the year such as Christmas, can make it easy to eat and drink more than we realise and do little physical activity. This results in weight gain. To lose weight, we need to change our habits; this means eating less and getting more active.
 

Drastic fad diets and exercise regimes that result in rapid weight loss are unlikely to work for long; these types of lifestyle changes aren’t sustainable and once you stop the regime, you are likely to return to your old habits and regain any weight that you lost!
 

Small Changes = The Key to Success
The key to success is making changes to your diet and physical activity that can become a part of your daily routine.
 

The best way to lose weight is to make changes to your diet and physical activity that result in a steady rate of weight loss. You should aim to lose 0.5kg – 1kg a week (1lb – 2lb) until you achieve your target weight.
 

Eating healthy, balanced meals are key to achieving a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet starts with having the right foods at home. Plan a healthy weekly shop for groceries; if you plan your meals while writing a shopping list, you are more likely to buy just what you need rather than be tempted by unhealthy snacks and treats. 
 

Healthy Alternatives
Think about swapping some of your snacks you eat for healthier options; have a piece of fruit instead of a cake or packet of crisps and swap sugary fizzy drinks for lower calorie options. Don’t forget that alcohol also contains calories, so cutting down on alcoholic drinks can also help you control your weight.
 

We all enjoy having a treat occasionally such as going out for a meal or having a takeaway. Think about making healthier homemade alternatives; rather than ordering a takeaway pizza, why not make your own pizza using tortilla wraps. Homemade pizzas are quick and easy to make and much less expensive compared to takeaway pizzas! If you are going out for a meal, choose healthier options from the menu and try to avoid rich creamy sauces and fried foods.
 

Increase the amount of physical activity you do. One easy way to do more exercise is finding a way to fit a walk into your daily routine. Brisk walking is an excellent way to burn calories; why not go for a 30 minute walk at lunchtime, or if you use public transport, get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way.
 

Be Mentally Lean
Being mentally lean will contribute to your success; be mindful of your actions when it comes to food and exercise can go a long way to helping you shed those extra pounds.

 

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