The five step rule to get back on the straight and narrow post holiday
Holidays are a time to sit back, relax and switch off from the outside world. It is also a time to enjoy the finer things in life, like good food and great wine! As we bask in the intrepid sun and watch the delicate movement of the ocean waves, we forget about those ‘stay fit’ rituals that we normally follow in our everyday routines. It’s only when the holiday is over that we realise we need to get back on track, which isn’t the easiest thing to do.
The wellness brand Innermost’s resident nutritional expert Laura Tilt, has devised a five-step plan to get you back on the straight and narrow with little stress and using some of Innermost’s popular nutritional supplements.
- Schedule your workouts – habit psychology tells us you’re more likely to carry out a healthy behaviour if you’ve planned it. In other words, if it isn’t scheduled… it won’t happen! So, grab your diary and schedule your workouts for the week, then set an action plan to make sure it happens – pack your gym trainers, set your alarm…etc. You can also use the power of consequences… you’re less likely to bail if you have to pay for a missed class. Sounds like tough love, but it works.
- Get back and track – the easiest and most powerful thing you can do to get your eating back on track is to keep a food diary. Studies show dieters who track their food can lose twice as much weight as non-journalers. It cuts eating amnesia, helps you refocus and gets you back on track – fast. Try a free app like MyFitnessPal or snap meals with your smartphone – studies show this can be just as effective as a written diary.
- Start your day a high protein breakfast – If you’re struggling with cravings after a holiday, a high protein breakfast can help. Protein switches on satiety and puts the brakes on hunger hormones, which can cap the mid-morning munchies. Around 30 grams of protein is ideal – a serving of any of Innermost’s superfood protein blends will tick this box – simply choose the product best aligned to you goal, and blend with water and a handful of frozen fruits for a speedy on-the-go breakfast.
- Bin the booze – We all know alcohol is high in calories – but that’s not the only way it can sabotage good intentions. It triggers hunger, slaps down sleep quality and increases production of galanin, a brain chemical which increases cravings for fatty foods. Give yourself a two-week booze ban and see your good intentions snap back into place.
- Go snooze – Balmy holiday evenings are blissful, but nipping late nights in the bud will benefit your body. Tiredness increases hunger hormones and studies show sleepy brains are more drawn to junk food. Work out how many hours snooze you need (for most of us, 7-8 is ideal) then work backwards – for extra points turn your electronic devices off, as the light interferes with the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. And if you need some extra energy, try Innermost’s The Fit Plus – a pre/intra-workout supplement that’s developed to help you get the most out of your workouts and snap you out of that post-holiday slumber.
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