For those of you who read this Blog regularly, you know that I do not really believe in diets for the following reasons:
But, having said all that…..!
If you have a holiday coming up for which you just want to lose a few pounds and tone up to boost your confidence, feel good in your swimwear and you are prepared to pay the price for that, then try the following tips from the last minute summer sun diet! Remember this is not a lifestyle change but simply a mental and dietary focus so that you feel great on your holiday and so you can really make the most of it. Some enjoy the countdown style discipline in order to get to the holiday time and as a reward totally let go. Whatever works for you the following is a healthy way to restrict your calorie intake and get quick results.
Let’s face it. You are going to have a drink or two on holiday, so in order to prepare for that time cut out all alcohol of your weekly routine. It may sounds hard at first but if you have the determination to drop a few pre-holiday pounds this is one quick way to do it. Do bear in mind though that binge drinking is detrimental for your health. On the flip side, if you cut out all alcohol prior to your holiday you will be less tolerant to it when you get there, which may not be a bad thing.
Make sure you are hydrated at all times. Drink water and/or herbal tea throughout the day, making sure you don’t go thirsty. Cut out all sugary drinks and especially diet drinks, which are filled with artificial sugars and make you crave only more sweetness.
If possible (and really try because this makes a huge difference) try not to eat after 8pm at night. The earlier you eat your evening meal the better, leaving enough time for your body to process the foods you have eaten.
Avoid complex carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta. Avoid them especially at night time and if possible at lunch time too. Instead eat a wide variety of vegetables, prepared in different ways or raw.
Avoid any snacks that are extremely high in sugar and salt, but instead opt for seeds/nuts, fruit such as berries, cherries, apples, mango, a piece of cheese or cold meats. You may want to try protein drinks (just make sure you get a good whey protein) for in between meals
Last but certainly not least: exercise. Walk, cycle, jog or swim when you can (a minimum of twice a week) and if you have the opportunity try and be involved in resistance kind of workouts with weights or in classes. If you are new to exercise start with power walking and swimming at least 2 times a week. If you are an experienced exerciser then up your exercise investment prior to your holiday and set yourself a few targets to beat.
Unfortunately I won’t be joining you this summer, as my focus will be on having the baby out and then slowly rebuild my body! But I get a lot of questions regarding being able to do “something quickly” before a holiday, birthday or wedding. Try the above and if you stick with it, you will defintely get results and then go and have the best holiday straight after!
Never mind calorie counting and reducing your intake of certain foods, it is very important to eat well and with variety. That way you stay inspired about eating a healthy and balanced diet, instead of staring into your fridge wondering what you can throw together next! I know that most people have busy lives and little time to cook and prepare meals for hours, so I always try and suggest recipes that are easy to put together, whilst tasting delicious at the same time. It is possible! Try delicious and healthy mangos for instance….
They taste so good, it is easy to forget that they offer a variety of health benefits. Mangos are full of vitamin A and C and its antioxidant compounds are suggested to help prevent certain types of cancers. The fiber in mangos, as well as the enzymes that help break down protein make it a great fruit to aid digestion. Internally and externally mangos are great for your skin with suggested age defying properties. They help lower cholesterol and with a relatively low glycemic index, mangos keep your blood sugar balanced and is said to aid diabetes.
You can buy the ripe and ready to eat version in the shop or have the mangos ripen at home so you can use it in your cooking later that week. Here are two ideas to get you started…
If you want a quick and easy breakfast idea that helps you eat well and with variety then add mango to organic bio-live yogurt and sprinkle over some seeds and nuts. An absolutely great start to any day!
If you just fancy something different, try making a mango salsa. Mix together the flesh of a ripe mango with 2 chopped spring onions, 1 tbsp of chopped mint and 1 tbsp of chopped coriander, 1/4 of a red chilli (finely chopped), 50g of crushed salted peanuts, 1 tbsp of lime juice and 1 tbsp of caster sugar.
This goes perfectly with pan-fried chicken and will be ready in no time at all.