Christmas is a time for feasting. When we get together with the family we are tempted not only by the festive roast but also by cookies, cake, chocolate, mulled wine and many other delicacies.
But after the holidays, the scale shows evidence of our indulgences: The delicious meals have added a few pounds. We should not wait too long to start the battle against the unnecessary spare tyre. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to start a diet.
Starvation is not necessary to lose weight
Often the appetite for high calorie food decreases after the gluttony phase. We should yield to this inner urge of moderation. Starving one’s self is not necessary. It is enough when we replace a heavy meal with a light soup. Thickened soups without cream are particularly low in calories. Vegetables cooked in a broth are perfect for this. You can modify the soup as you see fit.
An Italian Minestrone is just as ideal as a leek potato soup as long as it is made from a broth with vegetables. It is important to eat all meals slowly. Consciously eating better prepares the digestive system for the food and sends a satiety signal quicker to the brain. This is how we can trick our bodies. A pure soup diet is not a good idea as it often contains too many carbohydrates.
Is meat allowed during a diet?
A good diet consist of a healthy mix of fresh products. This may include meat. It should, however, not be consumed in excess. Lean beef and turkey are most suitable. If you would like to eat calorie-conscious, you should avoid carbohydrate rich foods like dumplings, noodles or rice and the accompanying sauce.
It is especially these that are full of it as can be seen by the floating globules of fat. A mixed salad is a better choice. It is filling and also provides lots of vitamins. If you would like to lose weight without meat then legumes are a good alternative. They contain a lot of vegetable protein and fibre, which permanently saturate.
New Year’s party on a diet?
If you have started your diet directly after Christmas, you do not have to avoid the New Year’s party. Feasting is still possible.
Even if the roast was delicious, you should deny yourself of seconds. These are the calorie traps that we happily ignore when recapitulating. Do you enjoy raclette or cheese fondue with friends?
Instead of the calorie rich cheese fondue select a meat fondue with broth. Raclette is also enjoyable with lean ham instead of fatty salami. You can even completely avoid cheese and only grill vegetables.
Drinking consciously saves calories – the entire year
Drinks are usually a calorie trap. Soft drinks contain lots of sugar. Also, supposedly healthy fruit juices are calorie richer as we think. Instead of cola, we can have mineral water. That is also good for the teeth. Typical winter drinks like mulled wine, Latte Macchiato or hot chocolate have lots of calories.
Drink more tea. Even in winter, it makes sense to drink two litres of mineral water daily. This stimulates and boost metabolism. This way you can burn an additional 100 calories. If you would like to drink juice, then mix it with equal parts of water. This way, you can save 50% of the calories.
How many meals per day?
The question as to whether we should have three large meals or more smaller meals per day has various opinions. Whether or not we lose weight depends on the type. Of course, occupation and time factor play a role.
If you would like to lose weight, you should avoid ravenous appetite attacks like small snacks in between meals.
Often, they have more calories as assumed.
It is worth it to observe your eating habits and to keep a calorie journal. This way of record keeping quickly shows how many calories are actually consumed. As the hot chocolate in the café or the two bars of chocolate that we ate at home can easily be forgotten. Our subconscious has a lot of power.
That is why eating should always be associated with pleasure. Taking time, sitting comfortably, chewing thoroughly and focusing on the meal make the process an experience for all the senses. The less distraction, the better for your calorie count.