With the festive season quickly approaching, our social calendars are heaving with parties and events in the run-up to Christmas. It’s the time of year where we start thinking about looking our best in our “Little Black Dresses”.
Check out our 5 Steps To Looking Your Best During the Festive Season.
Try these tips can make a real difference to your skin and body this December.
Step 1. Cut out Sugar
This step requires no extra effort on your part. Just Will Power 😉
All you have to do is stop consuming refined sugar, in all its forms.
This means no fizzy drinks, puddings, packaged snacks, sweets, cakes or pastries, flavoured yoghurts, alcohol and no fancy coffee shop visits!
When you stop to evaluate your diet and get used to reading food labels, it may be shocking to find out how much refined sugar has ACTUALLY crept in.
Nothing will contribute to weight gain more swiftly than consuming sugar, so it makes sense that cutting sugar out is the top must-do for shedding those unwanted pounds.
Plus refined sugar has a negative impact on your skin, increasing breakouts, causing inflammation and redness, causing wrinkles AND accelerating the ageing process.
It’s not necessary to reduce the amount that you eat unless you know your portion sizes are too big).
We know that cutting our sugar can be very challenging, especially as it is proven to be as addictive as drugs such as cocaine and heroin!
So we would recommend trying to stick to the 80 / 20 rule. Cut out sugar for at least 80% of the time and the 20% won’t matter so much.
Step 2. Fill Your Plate the Right Way
You should fill your diet with lots of healthy proteins and fats. These essential nutrients will keep you fuller for longer, meaning you won’t get those “hangry” spots during the day.
Enjoy healthy portions of white and red meat, white fish, oily fish, plenty of vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Add in just 1 or 2 portions of high fibre carbs such as oats, brown rice, wholemeal bread, sweet potatoes etc.
Vegetables should become your staple food. Veg is bursting full of vitamins and fibre plus they are very low in carb content. They will help provide your body with the nutrients it needs.
Fat used to be the evil of all foods, but this is a complete myth. Your body NEEDS fat to complete important body functions such as carrying fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Limit the amount of fruit you eat to just 1 portion a day. Whilst fruit is healthy, it’s still high in sugar and will fuel your sweet tooth.
We recommend choosing berries and other high fibre fruits such as apples and pears as these release sugar more slowly into your system. Compared with high glycaemic fruits such as bananas, grapes, mango and pineapples. Dried fruit should also be avoided.
Keep your metabolism high by fuelling up on protein, good fats, and high fibre and low carbohydrates foods whenever hunger strikes.
Step 3. Maximise Your Exercise
Here’s the step that requires some effort, but trust us when we say it’s worth it.
Increase the intensity of your workouts.
Most people take exercise on the slow and steady. Maybe walking the dog or doing a bit on the treadmill in the gym. Whilst its good to be “active” if you want results, you need to push yourself harder.
So long as there is no medical reason why you can’t exercise with some level of intensity; if you can comfortably hold a conversation, hardly sweat, or feel the same when it’s over as you did when it began, then you are simply not pushing yourself. Increasing the intensity of your workouts requires some focus.
Hit your gym or exercise sessions with intent. Push your body. Remember, it’s only a small amount of time. You can actually get a good workout in, in just 30 minutes!
And, with YouTube, you don’t even need to set foot out of your home. There are loads of workouts on Youtube that are excellent and can be chosen based on time and your fitness levels.
Step 4. Stay Hydrated
With the colder weather, it’s easy to get out of the habit of drinking your 2.5 litres of water every day. Staying hydrated is really important for overall health but will also help with weight loss and improving your skin.
Step 5. Get a Helping Hand
If you need an extra “boost” to help you shed a few pounds, lose a few inches, or get your skin glowing in time for all your festive events, then we can definitely help.
We offer a host of non-surgical treatments including Ultrasound Cavitation could help you quickly shed a few inches so you can fit into your LBD.
If you’re carrying a few too many pounds then our super quick weight loss plan could help you lose up to 1 stone before Christmas.
For more information on ALL our treatments, give us a call.