Canada Day BBQ – Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team style – photo Todd Wong
ways to get your diet back on track
Don’t let a few extra pounds become a bigger problem. If you’ve put on weight during a holiday, or your healthy eating has just slipped a little, try these 12 quick tips to get yourself back on track. Check these liv pure reviews.
1. Don’t put it off – start now, not tomorrow
Don’t wait for tomorrow, next Monday or next month to put your plan into action. Start with your next meal. If you’re going away, have something in the fridge or freezer that you can cook easily when you return or, if you shop for food online, book in an order of healthy foods to arrive when you get home.
It’s easy to let the holiday slide into normal life so start as you mean to go on with your next meal and get back on track. Even if you’ve had a big lunch, a chocolate bar, or a piece of cake already today, don’t let that stop you making a start today. Learn more about over the counter Adderall.
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2. If you’re offered a drink, choose a sugar free one
It’s easy to consume lots of calories from sugary drinks. Whether it’s a fizzy drink, fruit juice, squash, sugary tea or a coffee shop flavoured latte, they can all add up. Go sugar free, whether it’s water, a hot drink without sugar or a ‘diet’ fizzy drink.
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3. Cut out alcohol
Alcohol delivers a triple whammy of being high in calories, increasing appetite (if drunk in small amounts) and lowering inhibitions – which means you’re less likely to stick to your healthy eating and activity plans if you’ve had a few drinks. Cutting it out for a few weeks, and then making sure you have a few alcohol-free days each week, can help keep you on track.
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4. Don’t buy biscuits, snack on fruit
Too much choice can sometimes be a bad thing. Rather than trying to find a healthy snack from the huge range in the shops, limit yourself to fruit or veg for between-meal snacks. These are low in calories, provide plenty of nutrients and help you towards your 5-a-day. And it has the advantage of being a really simple goal and you’ll easily be able to tell whether you are achieving it.
To reduce temptation, don’t go down the supermarket aisles with cakes, biscuits and sweets – and try not to be tempted by end-of-aisle special offers on fatty and sugary goods.
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5. Only eat between meals if you are hungry
It’s easy to eat when you’re not hungry – out of habit, or because you’re bored, for example.
On holiday you can get into the habit of “grazing” through the day, which can be hard to change. So make sure you have three meals a day that are balanced, filling and that are regularly spaced out over the day. That will help you manage your hunger – and have fruit on hand so that you can follow the tip above if you do get hungry between meals.
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6. Have a healthy weekend
Although weekends or days off might normally be when we relax the rules a little, if you’re trying to shed a few pounds then aim to stick with your changes as much as you can throughout the week. A weekend can go by in a flash, but it actually makes up about a third of our week so it can make a difference to your weight loss plans.
Rather than indulgent meals out or a takeaway in front of the TV, find healthy versions of your normal weekend treats. Choose activities that will keep you off the sofa, like gardening or walking, and allow some time to make plans that will help you stay on track in the week ahead.
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7. Plan your meals
Planning your meals for the week ahead might seem like a bit of a hassle, but it will set your intention as well as making it easier to make healthy choices even when you are busy. It could save money too, by reducing the chances that you’ll buy takeaways or other convenience foods because you don’t have any food in the house.
Write a shopping list based on what meals and snacks you are going to eat and only buy what is on it. Make sure that you have included enough fruit and veg to give you at least five portions a day.
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