With the holiday season over, many of us have signed up at the gym, working out frantically, forcing ourselves onto every new diet and putting ourselves under extreme pressure to lose weight. Vanessa Ascencao, a nutritional consultant, advises that a quick-fix approach may cause more harm than good because ultimately a healthy lifestyle and looking good, requires consistency. The best way forward embraces a regular exercise routine and a daily balanced diet, which includes eating whole and natural foods.

Tips to Get Back Into Shape And Stay That Way:

  • Ditch the guilt trip – you can’t take back your holiday indulgences. Focus on the future and what you can do to become healthier in the long term.
  • Don’t deprive yourself – crash diets are not long-term solutions. Focus on health, rather than diet. Choose healthy foods and cut out big, heavy meals; have small meals or healthy snacks throughout the day instead.
  • Drink water – you could feel hungry when your body only really needs water. Aim to drink at least two litres a day.
  • Cut down on sugar and avoid artificial sweeteners – sugar is an enemy of good health and artificial sweeteners contain harmful ingredients. Instead, choose a natural sweetener like xylitol. Alcohol is also packed with sugar so cut back on your consumption.
  • Be creative – if you’re craving processed food and sugar, find healthy recipes online that satisfy your taste buds and your sweet tooth.
  • Stress less – stress can lead to unhealthy eating and burnout. Lower your stress levels with yoga, meditation and massage.

  • Get more sleep – the holidays may have interfered with your sleep patterns which in turn may have negatively affected your appetite. Avoid sleep deprivation. Get back into a healthy, eight-hour nightly sleep pattern.
  • Get active – regular exercise is non-negotiable. If you don’t have time for gym – walk, run, swim or play with the kids in the garden or walk the dogs for 45 minutes a day. On weekends go hiking or     play sports.
  • Always have breakfast – oats are a great source of slow release carbs and will keep you going until lunchtime. Sprinkle raw nuts, seeds or fruit on top. Alternatively, try a boiled egg on rye toast. These meals keep your blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day.
  • Supplement with spirulina – choose the correct supplements in consultation with your nutritionist or doctor.
  • Choose healthy – increase your intake of fruit, vegetables and salads. They contain fibre, anti-oxidants and low GI carbs, which are all great for a clean and healthy system.


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