Overindulged on festive food and drink?

Don’t panic!

Remember that food and drink is there to be enjoyed, and we all tend to overdo it a bit at this time of year. Even if you are feeling a tad bloated and perhaps your clothes are feeling a bit tight you don’t have to take drastic action, but achieve a little bit of balance.

It’s easier than you think:

  • If you have had one ‘bad’ or heavy meal, don’t write off the whole day. If lunch has been mega, eat a lighter dinner. If you know you are going out for dinner, eat a lighter lunch.
  • Don’t be tempted to skip meals. You are not ‘saving calories’ because you will just make up for it later. Plus, skipping meals plays havoc with your metabolism, making losing weight more difficult and it will probably make you feel tired and cranky too.
  • Calories are not all made equal. That means you shouldn’t focus too much on the calorie content of a particular food or drink, but think about what food or drink will offer your body. Proteins, fats, and veggies are key to feeling full and satisfied for longer, as well as help your internal organs function optimally and give you stable energy levels.
  • Try to eat food that is as natural as possible. That means anything that isn’t processed, rather than having to go all-out organic or ‘clean’. Processed food has added calories and extra crap that doesn’t offer any nutrition. Natural food is likely to keep you fuller for longer.
  • Fat does not make you fat! Not in itself, anyway. Healthy fats such as dairy, avocados and nuts are vital for helping you feel full, and have lots of nutrients that help your body function.
  • Fat-free is bad! As above, fat is not the devil. In fact, fat-free foods can be damaging to your waistline because manufacturers replace the fat with sugar to help it taste better.
  • Diet drinks are also full of crap. You are not doing yourself any favours by choosing a diet drink, because the aspartame in them actually makes you crave sugar.
  • Eating healthily doesn’t have to mean tasteless or boring – experiment with flavours, and seasonings. You could try my Melt in the Middle Turkey Burger too!
  • Be mindful of drinking lots of calories. That’s not to say don’t enjoy a glass or two of your favourite tipple, but remember alcohol is calorific. Boring but true! And add on to that nibbles if you are at a party, or a kebab on the way home, or the hangover fryup…

But don’t obsess about any of it.

It’s not worth the stress (and too much stress can end up as extra tummy fat because of what an excess of the stress hormone, cortisol, does to your body).

Be moderate, enjoy a little of what you fancy. If you do overindulge balance it out with lighter meals, go for a walk…or if you are feeling the need to get sweaty give the Melt Your Middle HIIT workout a go!

 

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