The easy way to get back into your skinny jeans fast!
The holidays are such a fun time. Family get-togethers, vacations, treats and drinks, laughter and chatter. But once you’re back to reality, it hits you. The jeans don’t fit, the dress fits too snug. So what’s a girl to do? Go on a juice fast? Survive on a watermelon or go on a cabbage soup diet? Problem with these fad diets is that while you may lose a little weight, you’ll go round the bend because they are so restrictive. Plus they lack the nutrients you need to stay healthy. But most importantly such diets encourage an unhealthy relationship with food. What you need to do to lose those holiday kilos is overhaul your eating habits with a little help from Nykaa. Here’s a simple detox plan to rid your body of that salt-sugar-alcohol-fat overload and bring back your curves without major sacrifice.
Skip the coffee
But I need that caffeine to face the morning, you might think. It might be getting you out of bed but that jolt of java is also building up a sugar and carbohydrate craving for the rest of the day. So what should you be sipping in the a.m.? “A cup of green tea will do the trick,” says nutritionist Naini Setalvad. This superfood contains a potent plant nutrient called Epigallocatechin Gallate, or EGCG, that prevents cholesterol build up in arteries, wards off several cancers and prevents dental cavities. A Tufts University study notes that EGCG speeds up weight loss by a whopping 77 per cent. It also helps balance blood sugar levels so keeps unhealthy cravings at bay. Just one cup a day is all you need to speed up liver activity, and after all that alcohol, that’s just what you need. There’s a host of green teas to choose from like , Gaia Green Tea Tulsi, Organic India Tulsi Green Tea Tin and Unived Activitea
Drink water, that is. The best thing you can do—while drinking with buddies and during your post binge detox—is to down at least eight glasses of pure aqua through the day. You might want to add a sprig of mint and some lemon juice in the water to boost fat burn and reduce inflammation.
Eat raw veggies with every meal
Besides eating cooked vegetables as often as you can, make sure you include at least one large serving of raw veggies with every meal. Start breakfast with a glass of vegetable juice. Green smoothies are a great way to get your daily dose of fiber, remove toxins and heal your body. Try slurping up a mixture of spinach, coriander, mint and white gourd juice daily. You can spice it up with some chaat masala and a dash of lemon juice. At every meal, try having a large green salad with leafy greens, cucumber, bell peppers and tomatoes.
Get your daily fiber fix
After all that over indulgence in sweet and savory calorie-laden treats, it’s time to get your digestive system back on track. Fiber is just what the doctor ordered. Start your day with a high fiber breakfast. Oatmeal is the way to go. There’s a host of brands to choose from. That or multigrain toast with a light lashing of peanut butter. Eat brown rice or bran atta rotis at meals to regulate your system and fill you up. An easy way to add fiber to your diet on-the-go is the delicious and filling Unived Fybur, Instant Health Soup, 5g Hi-Fiber-7 Sachets
Eat home-cooked meals
This is the quickest way to get your life back on track. It’s tough to gauge the health quotient on restaurant or take-away meals. It’s far easier to track the salt and oil content in food prepared at home. Plus, you can control the quantity you eat. Aim to have two to three servings of cooked vegetables, one small bowl of dal or yogurt and two rotis at each meal. All those boxed meals and cup-a-noodles are obviously a complete no-no.
Spice up your workout
Over indulging during the holidays can leave you feeling out of sorts and stiff. Sure, eating right can fix some of that lassitude but some quick stretches in the morning and 30 minutes of cardio daily will provide nutrients and oxygen supply to muscles to speed up recovery. Yoga is particularly good because it detoxifies the system, focuses on breathing and posture, eliminates stress and brings energy to every organ, improving digestion and circulation.
Break up with sugar
There’s no soft pedaling here. You have to go cold turkey. After all, nothing helps you recover faster than a quick break-up. Say no to anything sweet or processed. The list is long and includes biscuits, cakes, mithai, chocolate, breakfast cereals, ‘health’ bars and soft drinks. Indulge your sweet tooth with an occasional date or fig or fresh, juicy fruit like pears, oranges and melon. And if you simply must, add some sugar substitutes to sweeten things up.
SPOT IT. SHOP IT.