CONTRIBUTED BY Garima Seth

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The Christmas carol has been sung. The celebration is done. The plum cake is eaten. Dinner parties are also over. Yes! Our favorite holiday season is sadly over, leaving behind for some guilt and lots of fat. Yes, in the spur of moment we are all guilty of overeating and gathering those extra pounds we usually try to avoid. But hey it’s never too late. Here’s an absolutely do-able list of some major calorie burns.

1.Keep the housework game on:
Who has the time for a major fitness routine? Housework is actually great workout. Clean, mop and dust your house. Climb those stairs, even if only two floors. The point is that you need to move- be it walking while talking or washing dishes, it all helps. If you get bored, take that broom and dance with it. That’s fun and healthy.

2.Try an at-home HIIT workout:
Trainers from wellness clubs, recommend this 25-minute HIIT workout to torch 500 calories: 1 minute, 30 seconds of burpees; 1 minute, 30 seconds of squat jumps; 1 minute, 30 seconds of pendulums; 1 minute, 30 seconds of band jumps; and 1 minute, 30 seconds of bicep curls with bands. Repeat three times with a minute of rest in between. This sequence hits your whole body and the fast transitions keep your heart going. That way, even when the workout is over, you’ll still be burning calories.

3.Do some smart eating:
Now that you have eaten so much in the holiday season. Avoid processed foods. It’s very necessary to stick to no calorie drinks. Also, never skip breakfast. Try and avoid deep fried food as much as possible. Focus on fruits, green veggies and low fat stuff. But please don’t starve yourself. It never helps. Drink lots of water throughout the day.Satisfying, low-calorie beverages can boost metabolism and even temper your hunger. Tea (lose the cream and sugar) has zero calories and ups metabolic rate.

4.Try healthier cooking alternatives:
You might be trying to eat all healthy stuff but with the wrong cooking ways, it can all go the other way round. It’s time to cut down the usage of oil, butter, fat sauces and seasonings. Why not try some other simple cooking methods? Grill, steam, roast or boil. Switch to olive oil and try your best to avoid deep fried snacks. Make cooking experimental, healthy and fun.

5.Cook at home:
Dining out is already hard enough when you’re on a diet, and even the healthiest-seeming restaurant meals can be sneaky calorie bombs (such as vegetable side dishes, which are often sautéed in butter). Eat dinner at home at least three times a week, and you’ll slash 540 calories.

6.Ditch alcohol and sugary beverages for some times at least:
You have had them enough during the holiday season. Time to take a break from these now. Apart from alcohol, sugary beverages like soda, sweetened tea, cold drinks or energy drinks contain a lot of sugar and hamper you weight loss. Switch to healthier options like green tea. Packaged fruit juices are also unhealthy. Have fresh fruits instead.

7.Say goodbye to soda:
There are plenty of reasons to give up your soda habit once and for all. Studies have linked consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to tooth decay, diabetes, and poor bone health. And diet soda doesn’t fare much better—artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose trigger insulin, which could cause you to gain weight. Start by replacing your daily 12-ounce can with a glass of water for a week, and you’ll cut 980 calories. This is probably one of the easiest and best change you can make to your diet, right away.

If you can add up with exercise, nothing better than that. But even if you can’t, these basic techniques will be helpful once you get them into your routine. Keep yourself motivated imagining the fitter, healthier you and no temptation will be too big then. So ladies, eat healthy, move around and keep fit.

 

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