How to lose all that holiday weight: Intermittent fasting, take more walks, and more
We both know what we all did last Christmas. Time and time again and again, year after year, we land in the same position — staring back at our own reflection, thinking about all the succulent roast, creamy carbs, and cake we inhaled last year. But there's no time for regrets, instead, it's time for payback. The perfect month to shred all that holiday weight gain. Alexis Bauduin, founder of YOLO shares a few ways to get back on track, and in shape.
For those who know a thing or two about weight loss techniques, intermittent fasting is a great program to shed the kilos on the sale and a great way to avoid over-eating. Fast from solids for 16 hours, usually after dinner and only eat during an 8-hour window. Enjoy a hearty lunch, a healthy afternoon snack and a low carb dinner to keep you full and satisfied. Be sure to consume sufficiently during your meal window to avoid snacking outside it.
Load up on low GI food
Weight loss starts with eating the right ingredients — the ones that that maintains your overall wellbeing, physically and emotionally. Lower GI ingredients release sugar into your body at a slower rate, keeping you energised, focused and happy. It isn't all too difficult for those who love their carbohydrates, simply swap your white grains with whole grain and brown rice.
If exercising three to four times a week is too much to commit for your crazy schedule, try walking. Work towards clocking 10,000 steps a day — it sure is a fabulous way to burn calories and keep your metabolism up top. Try allocating 15-20 minute walks before work and after work into your daily habits. Perhaps a good idea to cut back on expenditure on Grab and channel it to some good shoes for walking.
Know how much calories your body needs
To efficiently control your weight, you'd need to know and understand how much calories your body requires to stay at maintenance levels. An easy way to calculate is to take your body weight in pounds and multiply it by 15. If you are 150 lbs, your body will need 2,250 calories to stay happy. So if you want to shred a few pounds, cut between 400-600 calories.
Snack reasonably — 15% of your daily calories
Healthy eating isn't about eating less and feeling unsatisfied. If it was, we would all be pretty miserable at mealtimes. Rather, it's all about the balance — you can have that chocolate bar and munch on your favourite chips and dips, just make sure to keep it at 15% of your calories count for the day. Balance the 85% on your palate with nutrient dense ingredients to hit your daily goals.