New Year’s holidays — the long-awaited and beloved by all time of the year. But endless feasts, parties, meetings with family and friends for lunch and dinner, a decrease in activity will inevitably lead to an increase in extra pounds. If the numbers on the scales after the New Year’s holiday do not please you, then this article is for you. No radical food refusals — we have prepared a balanced menu on the way to your slimness.
First, you need to stop blaming yourself. Feelings of guilt, stress not only do not help with weight loss, but also exacerbate the situation. There is no shame in enjoying the holidays and enjoying food. With the right approach, you will quickly get in shape. The most important thing is not to give up food. It will only make you hungry and distract you from your goal. To lose weight and not break down, you need to move a lot and eat right.
Porridge is the key to a great start to the day
Cereals are great for breakfast. Slow carbohydrates contain fiber and vitamins. They are slowly absorbed, which means you will forget about the feeling of hunger for a long time. In multicookers, you can make porridge for breakfast in just a few minutes, which means you will have more time to pack or do morning exercises. Add fruits, nuts or seeds and a spoonful of honey to the porridge. We promise it will be delicious!
Replacing coffee with juices and tea
What could be better in the morning than freshly squeezed orange or apple juice, where all the beneficial substances of fruits are preserved! Moreover, juices are much healthier than coffee and also help us wake up. Today there are many models of powerful juicers that work silently and will not wake up loved ones in the morning. And those who are indifferent to fruits can replace them with vegetables, such as carrots and beets.
Fans of classic morning drinks will love herbal and green teas.
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Light snack before lunch
Nutritionists recommend eating in small portions, but often. For the first snack, smoothies or yogurts are great. For the first option, it is better to choose a good powerful blender. The recipe for a vitamin smoothie is simple: 300 g pineapple, 2 bananas, 1 orange and flax seeds (optional). Mix all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy the great taste.
It is better to choose natural yogurts for a snack without various additives. Better yet, cook it yourself. Then you will definitely be sure that the product is natural without sugar and extra flavors. When preparing homemade yogurt, you can not do without a yogurt maker. Mix all the ingredients before going to bed, and in the morning the yogurt will be ready. You can add honey, nuts, berries or pieces of fruit.
The right lunch is carbohydrates, fiber and protein
Many people who lose weight drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrates, and this is one of the most common mistakes. After all, carbohydrates are the source of our energy. A balanced lunch contains meat or fish, vegetables, “good” fats (nuts, oils, avocados), and grains. It’s best to steam it. Modern appliances allow you to cook several dishes at the same time at different levels. If you haven’t got a steamer yet, now is the time.
Dried fruits and nuts are the best snack
Between lunch and dinner, it is best to eat something that quickly satisfies the feeling of hunger. A great option is a vegetable salad, bread, cottage cheese or dried fruits and nuts. The latter, by the way, you can always carry with you in your purse. With the fruit and vegetable dryer, you can make raisins, dried apricots, prunes, dry apples and much more for a snack. But do not get carried away — nuts and dried fruits are quite high in calories.
Dinner should be 2–3 hours before bedtime
Do not eat after 18:00 — a myth that has become obsolete for a long time. Dinner should be light and protein. It is best to choose lean fish or white meat with vegetables. A great option is to make vegetable puree with a blender. Zucchini, broccoli, pumpkin, cauliflower — there are many options. Boil the vegetables, and then grind in a blender. A little salt, pepper — and the side dish is ready!
Helpers for weight loss
In the fight against excess weight and on the way to proper nutrition, you cannot do without special gadgets and applications.
Fitness trackers and smart watches will help you count calories burned and track your activity.
The “Waterbalance” app will take care of the water rate. When registering, you must enter your gender, weight and height. After that, the service will automatically calculate how much water you need to drink. You can also add other drinks there: tea, milk, juices and coffee. At the same time, the application will tell you which drinks are better to limit, as they interfere with the water balance.
FatSecret and other calorie counting apps will help you calculate how many calories you need per day. As in “Waterbalance”, when entering your data, the service will give recommendations that are suitable for you. Applications will help you control your diet and keep yourself within limits.
Smart scales are another indispensable tool for losing weight. They show not only weight, but also muscle mass, the amount of water and fat in the body.
Another useful gadget is a kitchen scale. We don’t always know how many grams are in a cooked serving. In this matter, one should definitely not rely only on intuition.
Diets are a thing of the past. Proper and balanced nutrition is the key to success in losing weight. Follow our advice, and very soon you will return to your comfortable form. And gadgets and sports will help you with this.