It’s never easy to think about losing weight at this time of year. The holiday season is traditionally one that’s riddled with sugary treats, salt and fat-rich dinners, and a lot of time on the couch. However, as we move into 2021, it’s so important to find a way to get your balance back.
If one of your 2021 goals is to lose some weight, here are a few simple and cost-effective tips to get you back into your groove and to feeling more like yourself again:
Cut Down On The Booze
It’s one of the first things that many of us reach for when times are stressful, and we all enjoy celebrating with it during the holiday season, but the fact of the matter is that cutting down on, or cutting out, those glasses of wine and bottles of beer is a great way to lose weight.
Alcoholic drinks are loaded with empty calories that don’t help the body in any way, and when you’re drinking, you’re just piling on the carbs. There are many other health reasons for cutting back your alcohol intake, from liver issues to mental health, but it’s also a great way to lose weight…and your bank balance will thank you too.
Give Healthier Beverages A Try
A complaint you’ll sometimes hear from people who are struggling to make healthier food and drink choices is that they aren’t as tasty. We would counter that argument with our own: those people just haven’t been looking.
There are plenty of drinks out there that are not only free of the usual junk you’d find in a comfort beverage, but are actually good for you, like these unsweetened green teas. Green tea is brimming with anti-oxidants that help you fight off health issues ranging from cancer to weight gain, and at I.E. Green Tea you can find a variety of different flavors and cold brew green tea.
So instead of cracking open a can of high-sugar, high-caffeine energy drink when you settle down to work in the morning, try a mug of green tea.
Consider Your Veggie Options
As we’ve already mentioned, the holidays are the time of year when meat can take over the menu, but as the new year comes into view it’s important to remember that one of the easier and cheaper ways to cut a few pounds loose is to cut those animal products out of your diet.
When you’re eating meat, you’re ingesting a lot of calorie-rich proteins that can be difficult for your body to break down, particularly if you’re eating fattier things like burgers, ham and sausage (Ever wonder why you get the meat sweats? That’s your body working over-time to process that burger!).
If you say no to those meals and look at a vegetarian or vegan diet, you will see the pounds start to disappear, and you’ll also be helping to make an impact on climate change.
Get Outside And Get Moving
We can talk about cutting things out of your diet and introducing other things all day long, but one of the cheapest and easiest ways to help with weight loss is to introduce some gentle exercise to your routine. It can be much harder if you’re working from home to think about making some time for a walk or a run, especially if your commute made up part of your exercise routine, but it can make all the difference to feeling happier and healthier.
If you aren’t feeling confident about it, it’s important to remember that a gentle start is already a big win. Try going for a walk around the park before work, or give a quick YouTube exercise video a go on your coffee break. The more you do, the better you’ll feel about it, and once you start enjoying it, then you’ll start feeling the results.
Make A Plan…But Don’t Punish Yourself
If you’re serious about losing weight this spring, then it will help to make a plan of action. We’re talking about food diaries, revised shopping lists, and even investing in smaller plates so you can exercise some subconscious portion control. It helps to remember what your goal is and why you’re doing it, but you’re not going to get very far if you beat yourself up if you sneak a sugary snack, miss a scheduled run or don’t see the pounds coming off as quickly as you’d hoped.
Turning weight loss into a punishment is a sure-fire way to a lack of results, and to feeling bad about yourself in the process. Try to remember that this is a positive thing you’re doing for yourself, and that you can go at your own pace.
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