Well that’s another Christmas done and you’ve probably consumed quite a few calories and are starting to think about the weight you’ve gained and how you can lose it. With New Year fast approaching it is the time where we start thinking about our resolutions for the new year. So let’s get started and find out how to lose the weight you’ve gained this Christmas and throughout the festive period.
Top Tips for Losing Christmas Weight
1. Set Realistic Targets
It can be very easy when all the New Years resolution hype starts to set yourself some seriously over ambitious targets and this will do nothing for you. Setting targets which are unrealistic will not help you lose weight because it will always seem like you’re not achieving anything.
Realistic targets would be saying I’m going to go to the gym 3 times a week instead of ‘I’m going to go to the gym EVERYDAY’, which is completely unrealistic.
Setting realistic targets will make it more likely for you to achieve your goals and when you’ve achieved those targets you can then set yourself new targets.
2. Get Yourself a Workout Partner
This is a great way to stay motivated if you find the right gym partner. Preferably try and go with someone who is fitter than you because this is the best way to push yourself. If your gym partner is already a motivated and regular gym goer then they’ll be unlikely to bail on a gym session and you’ll feel a responsibility to them to go.
They will also know what they’re doing and will guide you through your workout instead of you going to the gym and not really knowing what you’re doing.
3. Track What You Eat
It doesn’t matter how hard you workout in the gym, if you don’t get your diet right outside it then you won’t achieve your weight loss goals. To lose weight you must be in a calorie deficit meaning that you are burning more calories than you’re consuming.
The best way to track how many calories your eating a day is to use an app, and we would recommend downloading MyFitnessPal. You can scan the bar code on foods and keep track of what you’re eating, how much your consuming, a breakdown of your macros and calories consumed.
4. Track Your Progress
This is very important. How will you know if you’re making progress if you’re not keeping track? This could be weekly weighing sessions or taking a photo everyday so after a month or two you can really see the difference in yourself.
The important thing is to keep a note, whether this be on your phone or in a notebook, of what weight your lifting, or how long you ran for on the treadmill and what speed it was at. Tracking everything you do will allow you to slowly increase the difficulty and push yourself harder to improve.
5. Prepare Your Meals
Doing meal prep is vital if you want to lose weight. Preparing your meals means that you can make sure you’re not consuming too many calories and you’re eating the right food. Get yourself some tupperware and set aside one day a week, ideally at the weekend, where you cook large amounts of food so you’re set for the week. Taking in a set meal each day will reduce the possibility of you snacking or buying fast food, which is high in calories and saturated fat.
Make sure you’re making meals that meet your macros and offer a varied and balanced diet. Make sure you have a protein source, healthy carbohydrate source (e.g. brown rice, wholemeal bread) and vegetables. These are much healthier carbohydrate options.
Take Home Message
So there you have it, a few ideas on how to lose that Christmas weight. Of course there are so many other things you can do, but sticking to these 5 points is certainly a good start!