10 tips to get back to your ideal weight

Once the Christmas celebrations are over and January has arrived, the scales can quickly become your worst enemy as you start to notice those dreaded extra kilos and the loss of your ideal weight.. Sweets, alcohol and heavy meals weigh heavily on our bodies, so it is necessary not only to work on getting back in shape, but also to eliminate all those toxins we have accumulated.

Below, we’ve put together ten simple tips to help you get your weight back under control in a balanced and measured way.

1- Don't blame yourself for the extra kilos

Firstly, don’t beat yourself up if you have been particularly indulgent at Christmas, New Year and Epiphany. Remember that it’s what you eat regularly that affects your long-term wellbeing, not that extra helping of Christmas desserts.

A brief period of excess during the festive season is not a problem for your health, and should be enjoyed and celebrated without remorse.

2- Think balanced, not deprivation.

After a festive blowout, it can be all too easy to fall into the mindset that you need to detox or extreme dieting, but they are almost always ineffective. Yo-yo dieting and calorie restriction can have a slowing effect on metabolism. In other words, they can affect the ability to lose weight in the long term.

In addition, when calories are restricted, hunger hormone levels rise sharply, increasing appetite and testing willpower.

At Clinica Rigo Aesthetic Medicine in Tarragona offers a variety of treatments to help you get back to your best. ideal weight after the holidays, without depriving yourself, counting calories or starving yourself. Treatments such as integrative nutrition and the Pronokal methodology will help you lose weight quickly and safely for your health.

3- Try not to step on the scales.

After a few days of holiday meals, you’re likely to be a little heavier. This is usually not because you have gained body fat, but because you have retained water from the excess salt you have consumed in all that festive eating.

Step away from the scales during January and instead focus your energy and attention on the steps you are taking to get back to eating healthy. Drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding processed foods will help reduce post-holiday bloating.

4- Drink plenty of water

Most of us spend Christmas eating biscuits, cakes and all sorts of unhealthy foods. Therefore, once the holidays are over, our bodies become full of harmful toxins. To eliminate these substances, it is necessary to drink plenty of water.

If you don’t like to drink water or find it difficult, we have some tips to help you. First of all, you can invest in a glass that you really like. If you don’t like the taste of water, try decaffeinated iced tea or add some squeezed lemon juice to turn plain water into a refreshing, flavourful drink.

5- Exercise regularly

Any healthy approach to weight loss must include exercise. You don’t need to spend hours and hours in the gym, but think about adding a moderate amount of physical activity to your schedule. It can be very healthy to go for a walk or hike. It is important that we start to reduce the excesses of Christmas and that is not possible without moving our bodies.

Exercise not only burns calories, it boosts self-esteem and gives you a positive mindset, encouraging you to make healthier eating and lifestyle choices.

6- Sleep 8 hours a day

Another important key to losing those extra kilos that you have acquired over Christmas is to allow your body adequate rest. Sleeping eight hours a day can boost our metabolism and reverse any impact of new foods. Try to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, which is an ideal balance for your body and your mental state.

7- Clear your house of Christmas leftovers

If they are not there, they cannot be eaten. But if you know you have a kitchen full of biscuits, chocolate and roscón de reyes, you will be tempted to eat them. Once the holidays are over, clear out the fridge and cupboards by freezing leftovers and giving them away.

Stock your pantry with healthier snacks, such as nuts, fresh fruit and chopped vegetables, foods you can eat when you get hungry or have a craving.

8- Eat 5 times a day

The trick to any balanced diet is to eat small amounts of food five times a day. Es una forma de distribuir los alimentos y facilitar la digestión. Also, by dividing the amount you eat, your stomach will be able to burn more calories. This is a healthy way to avoid feeling heavy and full all the time.

9- Make plans

After Christmas, most of us find it hard to shed the extra pounds because we are bored. January is a time to cut back and stay at home, so that we can cope with our finances and save a bit of money.

However, after all the glitter and fun of the festivities, staying at home becomes difficult and we often find ourselves bored and low in spirits. Consequently, most of us tend to indulge in a little comfort food. This is a lousy decision for your purpose of losing those extra kilos.

To end the post-Christmas boredom and the post-Christmas blues, plan some fun and inexpensive activities. Exercising outdoors is the perfect activity, and you can stay motivated by setting yourself a goal.

10- Seek professional help

Some people find it easier to succeed with the help of a professional. If this is your case, contact and book a consultation at Clinica Rigo in Tarragona. We offer different aesthetic medicine treatments, to help you to obtain your ideal weight and not feel remorse for the excesses of Christmas.

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