08 Apr

For those who removed their halo’s…

Many of you, myself included, may have temporarily removed your halo this weekend but how do we press the reboot button on our former healthy selves? Firstly, it is important to remember that one unhealthy weekend is not going to make you instantly overweight so give yourself a break! Yes, you over did it but you are only human and that means that sometimes you will make mistakes.

Next up, hydrate! Even if you have not been drinking alcohol over the weekend, if we drink enough water then it can actually make us feel full which is great as it will stop us craving more of the naughty stuff.

It is important that you do not skip any meals. If you are feeling a little sluggish and bloated then opt for some fruit salad and plain yogurt but you must eat regularly to restore your metabolism to avoid any more cravings. If you skip breakfast then you are setting yourself up for another fall as you will more likely over eat later in the day.  So make some breakfast and eat!

Mid afternoon is when cravings are likely to get the best of us. You are probably feeling a little tired and need that instant boost so rather than eyeing up the left over easter eggs, take some snacks with you to help regulate your blood sugar. Try some almonds or some fruit mid-afternoon as this is when cravings are likely to get the best of us.

Even if your mood and energy levels are a little low, try to squeeze in some exercise. Rather than a high intensity workout, which may tip those queasy tummies over the edge, opt for 40 minutes of steady state cardio such as a long walk, swim or bike ride. The fresh air will do you good and you will feel so much better for it.

Prepare yourself a light supper to help aid your digestive system.  Always aim to eat your supper no later than 7:30pm as going to bed on a full stomach can be detrimental for those looking to lose weight. Finally, grab yourself a cup of herbal tea, have an epsom salt bath and call it a day!

Jilly Wright

BSc (hons) Sports Science, Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training, Boxercise Registered Instructor, Certificate in Pre and Post Natal Exercise


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