It’s been a little over two weeks since the New Year began, and although my body was craving a routine by the end of the holidays, I personally found it difficult to ease back into the swing of things.
Did you have a ‘big one’ during the holidays?
Don’t sweat it…you are not alone.
Too much food and sugary snacks, not to mention a few too many drinks can really catch up to you. And the extra ‘Christmas pudding’ that only reveals itself a few weeks after the damage was done, can really discourage you from starting 2016 clean and fresh.
If you did have a bit of a blowout, don’t beat yourself up about it. Rather take action to change things for the better, whilst it’s still early in the year.
Whether you want to make this year about improving your health or just want to bounce back into a good routine, I’ve got you covered.
I’ve created a downloadable NEW YEAR VISION PLANNER just for you.
And I’m also going to share with you my top 5 tips to bouncing back from the holiday binge and get on the right track for 2016!
Drink plenty of water
Our bodies are made up of 70% water and so it’s important that we stay hydrated.
I recommend drinking at least 30 milliliters of water per kilogram of your body weight. So if you weigh 60kg, you need a minimum of 1.8L of water daily. Plus another 500mL for every hour of exercise you perform.
Drinking plenty of water helps eliminate harmful substances from the body. It is especially important to cleanse your body after the holiday season.
To make drinking water a bit more exciting, you can infuse it with mint, berries, frozen fruit, a lemon wedge or an orange slice to give it a different flavour. Not only does it taste more delicious, but it also helps you detox and keep your body alkaline.
Eat plenty of green vegetables
Skipping meals or avoiding eating altogether to undo the damage are NOT good strategies, and they’ll only make you feel tired and lethargic. Your body constantly needs fuel in the form of good nutrients. Get back to clean eating straight away, like nothing happened and stop beating yourself up. It’s already the past.
Green vegetables are highly nutritious, full of fibre and are alkalising. This means they help your body recover faster and burn fat more efficiently.
Our bodies have a very fine acid-alkaline balance. It’s important to strive towards alkalinity rather than acidity because when the body becomes too acidic, you’re more prone to getting sick and you won’t burn body fat as easily.
You can get download your FREE alkaline chart and learn more about how to maintain a good alkaline balance HERE.
Don’t worry, I’m not saying you should cut carbs out completely from your diet. However, if you want to bounce back quickly and lose that bit of ‘Christmas pudding’ you’ve accumulated over the holidays, then it’s a good strategy to cut back on the starchy foods.
For every gram of carbohydrate you consume, your body holds about 3 grams of water.
When you reduce your carb intake, you’re going to drop water weight, which might be making you look and feel…hmmh…a bit flabby.
Instead eat more of:
- lean fish
- lean organic meat
- organic tempeh/tofu
It’s very important to get back into training immediately. The best strategy to lessen the ‘damage’ is by doing fasted 50-minute cardio exercise or HIIT first thing the next morning, such as going for a run or doing one of the Lean Body Formula HIIT sessions.
If you are bored with your exercise routine, it might be time for you to try out new forms of exercise such as:
- Lean Body formula HIIT training
- a dance class
- a different type of yoga
- or simply a different gym
You should aim to train for 45 minutes 4-6 days a week. Make sure you are enjoying your training so it doesn’t feel like a chore!
I’m so excited about launching my very first Exercise Plan this year to complement The Lean Body Formula weight loss plan! This unique program was designed specifically for busy women wanting to get lean. It includes a high intensity training routine suited for all fitness levels. Subscribe to my newsletter to be the first one to find out when this game-changing fitness plan is available.
Plan out your 2016!
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Having the right mindset and a game plan is one of the keys to success.
Plan your year by creating your own vision board. It is a really powerful way of setting your intention, map out your goals for the year and stay motivated!
First, write down all of your 2015 accomplishments. It’s important to give yourself a pat on the back for all the amazing things you completed!
Then, write down what your 2016 goals using my downloadable vision board cheat sheet below.
Whether it’s getting a lean body, finally taking control over your health, changing jobs, or going on that holiday you’ve always wanted to, you can make it happen if you plan it well.