According to research, weight gain at Christmas is not quite as drastic as you may think. Yes, everyone over eats – an approximate 7000 calories on Christmas day alone but taken on average it equates to around a weight gain of 2lbs over the Christmas period. Many people thought that the figure was nearer 5lbs and were pleasantly surprised by the weighing scales.
This weight gain is not just down to Christmas. In the middle of winter most of us simply move less (too cold to go outside) and eat more and this inactivity helps increase the problem.
The major problem with putting weight on seasonally is that if you do not shift these excess pounds soon, you are just going to keep getting bigger every year, winter season and Christmas that passes.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tactics to help you kick-start your 2014 weight loss journey. Get in the weight loss zone and enjoy the journey. It doesn’t have to be a period of self-denial, just a time of change.
10 Tips for Losing Weight in 2014
Following just a few of these tips can be a great start to losing those excess pounds and managing your weight in 2014.
Tip 1. Plan a date when you are going to start.
At this point, you may not even have a weight loss plan in mind, but if you fix a date then you are more likely to keep to whatever you decide. Don’t make it New Years Day but plan it for sometime during the month.
Research has shown that most people stick to New Years Resolutions for just 9 days. Planning a day in advance that fits in with your own schedule takes the pressure off the dreaded New Year resolution syndrome and you are more likely to stick to it.
Tip 2. Take your own food to work.
Eating out or buying pre prepared sandwiches or food from the high street or the van is going to add to your weight. Cutting back on regularly buying food and drinks out, will make a difference to your weight if this is part of your usual routine and it will help your pocket too.
Tip 3. Cut the coffee (we mean the fancy coffees!).
Do you regularly visit coffee outlets such as Starbucks or Costa Coffee? A lot of people do. A cup of Starbucks Latte may only contain 190 calories but it actually contains 22% of your recommended daily limit of saturated fat. That’s practically a quarter of your maximum fat allowance blown in one coffee and that is before you start on the pastries. Cutting out Starbucks and co will help the January finances too.
Tip 4. Soup is super for weight loss.
Homemade soup is easy to make and if you make up a batch in advance is no less convenient than the shop bought variety. Soup fills you up. Then eat your meal. This works to help you lose weight even though you may actually be eating more.
Tip 5. Cut down on the alcohol.
Booze is fattening and it turns out that drinking really adds to the calorie count. Either go on the wagon, restrict it or save it for special occasions. An average glass of wine contains around 228 calories so it does make a difference to your weight gain.
You may be surprised at just how much better you feel and how much weight you lose. It is nice waking up clear-headed too, especially after the festive season excess. Discover how a booze free Christmas has helped one woman to lose 2 stone (Mail Online article).
Tip 6. Don’t skip meals.
Make sure you have a good breakfast each day. Starting the day with porridge is a good way to stave off the hunger pangs until lunchtime.
Tip 7. Read the food labels.
A low fat alternative or a healthy image does not necessarily mean that the food that you are choosing is actually better for you than anything else. Some low fat, low calorie foodstuffs are just as fattening as their ordinary counterparts.
It is always better to cook from scratch because your homemade meal will not contain hidden salts and sugars but it is not always convenient if you are pressed for time. When there is no alternative just ensure you are not unwittingly piling on the calories without realising and take time to read the packaging.
Although its wise to keep an eye on calorie consumption it can become obsessive and calorie counting isn’t necessarily the answer.
Remember you put this weight on and it is totally in your power to take it off and you can do it.
Tip 8. Buy a supplement.
The simple act of buying a supplement suddenly gives your weight loss plans some structure and helps you remember what you are trying to do. Take a look at the Approved list for some inspiration in what to buy.
Many people find that a supplement offers real support, but remember diet pills aren’t the magic answer.
Tip 9. Forward planning works.
Plan your menus in advance. If you know what you are going to be eating for dinner and you have the ingredients stocked in, you are less likely to get in a takeaway and snack before mealtimes.
The average British household spends around £800 on takeaway meals so it helps your pocket as well.
Tip 10. Exercise!
Fighting your way through the January sales or going for a run, it’s all exercise. Taken regularly, exercise has a metabolism boosting effect that helps you burn off calories at a faster rate.
Join a gym, take up sport, go swimming. Anything you like, but when the weather is cold outside it is easier to keep to something indoors. Sometimes gyms offer promotions and discounts for trial membership. Why not take one of these offers and try it out for a month. If that is too much, why not walk wherever you can. It all helps.