January is often marked with a lower than average bank balance and a higher than average number on the scales. We all do it; overindulge and then spend the next five months trying to lose the excess weight before the summer hols. With a few small changes to your lifestyle, you can shift those excess pounds and firm up without resorting to any drastic measures.
Try our 5 Easy Ways To Lose Christmas Weight
Make One Sacrifice
You don't have to go cold turkey with everything you love, but if you cut out one vice – chocolate, for example – you'll soon notice the difference. January is generally the worst time to start a strict diet or deny yourself your favourite things, so by only cutting out one thing, you won't feel like giving up too quickly.
Weigh yourself every morningIf you want to make better decisions throughout the day, weight yourself first thing in the morning. Your weight fluctuates throughout the day, so make sure the timing is consistent. If the number is a little higher than anticipated, it will help you to make better decisions throughout the day, and when you start to see it going down, this will be all the motivation you need to try harder and harder. (It also helps when you can see that you've earned a guilt-free treat day!)
Get your 10,000 steps per day
Most people don't have a clue how many steps they take per day, but small changes such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting up every 30 minutes to stretch your legs, and parking just that little bit further away from the supermarket will really add up over the course of a day. Invest in a fitness tracker to keep an eye on your daily step total and set yourself goals to help shed pounds.
Don't skip on sleep!
Being tired makes up more likely to reach for high-calorie, low nutrition snacks. By making sure you get a good night's sleep, you'll give your body time to regenerate, and find that you make better food decisions throughout the day. Making sure you get enough sleep cycles is the best way to ensure you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Try sleepyti.me to help you decide when to go to bed.
Get out of your comfort zone
Although it may feel a little cliche, getting into a new sport or activity in January is a great way to boost your metabolism and stave off any winter blues. Most clubs and gyms will offer introductory offers around the start of the year, so you can try something new without spending too much. Our range of health and fitness products are perfect to help you find an easy way to lose Christmas weight and keep it off for good.