Beat The Bloat Post Christmas

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After overindulging in a whirlwind of festive brunches, lunches and dinner parties, it’s time to get back to the healthy lifestyle you once had down pat.

Beating the post-Christmas bloat, isn’t about going to extreme lengths to snap back into shape, instead it involves making small adjustments to your eating routine to ease your way back into a healthier pattern of thinking.

Here are our the 3 best tips to help you get your body back on track in 2020.

Plan your eating schedule:

According to Cynthia Sass, one of New York’s highly regarded diet and nutrition experts, sticking to an eating schedule throughout the day can stimulate your metabolism and balance out your appetite to reduce unhealthy cravings.

Eating every 3-4 hours helps to repeatedly kick your metabolism into gear and in turn you actually burn more calories at a faster rate.

Sass also suggests eating within the first hour you wake up.

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Why?

Because it lessens the chance of making poorer eating choices later on that day.

Usually after waking up in the morning, your body hasn’t been fueled for hours.

Hunger doesn’t strike immediately but if you take control of what time you eat each morning, you can not only plan to make a healthy breakfast, but you are also less likely to get a sudden rush of hunger later on and desperately grab whatever unhealthy snack is available to you in that moment.

Drink, drink, drink:

It may sound backwards but your body retains water when you are dehydrated, so if those jeans are feeling a little tight, your best bet is to down a glass of ice-cold water.

Stay away from carbonated drinks like sodas or sparkling waters as the gas will just add to your bloating problem.

After days and days on end of Christmas cocktails, salt-filled, fiber rich dishes and delicious desserts, your body will definitely need a holiday detox.

There is no better way to flush your body of unhealthy toxins than with a big glass of H2o according to health news site Everyday Health.

In order for your bodies to function efficiently, you must drink at least 8 cups of water a day. 

Drinking water maintains sodium levels, stops constipation from occurring, filters out toxins and of course normalises the state of your digestive tract so that you don’t feel bloated. 

So…

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Trust us, it works.

Portion Control:

When December rolls up and you get invited to event after event filled with tasty food you just have to try, the challenge of not overeating can become difficult.

In order to allow yourself the pleasure of indulging without stuffing yourself silly, measure and portion your food.

Healthline, suggests 3 fool-proof ways to portion properly.

Firstly, use your plate as a portion guide:

Plate with food portion diagrams painted on it.
Food, glorious food.

Vegetables or salad: Half a plate.

High-quality protein: Quarter of a plate – including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, tofu, beans and pulses.

Complex carbs: Quarter of a plate – such as whole grains and starchy vegetables.

High-fat foods: Half a tablespoon – including cheese, oils and butter.

Secondly, start your meal with a glass of water.

“Drinking a glass of water up to 30 minutes before a meal will naturally aid portion control”, according to Healthline.

Lastly, make sure you eat at a regular pace.

Your mind only registers you are full 20 minutes after you have started eating so chew, enjoy and then swallow.

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Anisha Rapthi

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Anisha's perfect Friday night consists of playing boardgames and sharing a laugh with her nearest and dearest while devouring some Messina ice-cream. She is passionate about learning from empowering women and can usually be found listening to podcasts, watching videos or reading articles, obsessing over whoever the latest ally is. Like most millennials, her favourite way to wind-down is to grab a yummy snack and binge-watch her favourite Netflix series.

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