It’s time for the Christmas party, you’ve bought this season’s must have little black dress, but is it just a little bit too tight for comfort?
Can you really lose weight for Christmas in just 7 days? Yes you can. And you don’t have to starve, drink exotic berry juice or dose yourself with slimming pills to do so. There is a healthier way to lose weight and it is possible to lose 5lbs in 7 days.
First you need to know this. The weight you lose in the first 7 days of any diet is approximately 60% water. This should not discourage you however. Reducing excess water in your body can help you squeeze into your party clothes more easily, which is what you want. The last thing you want to do is crash diet and make yourself ill for Christmas and New Year. The following approach to weight loss can help you feel less bloated and help make your skin glow for the party!
As a Nutritional Therapist I don’t usually advise people follow ‘weight loss diets’. This may surprise you. This is mainly because diets are difficult to stick to in the long-term. But you have a mini-crisis on your hands if your clothes are too tight and you need results fast. So let’s take a different approach for the short-term. Here are my 7 day Christmas diet tips, just for you:
When is The Best Time to Eat?
Skipping meals, especially breakfast, is a big factor in weight problems. Missing a meal can lead to low blood sugar levels. This results in food cravings and binge eating later on. Three small meals and two healthy snacks a day are ideal. Lunchtime should be when you eat your largest meal because your body burns calories most efficiently then. Eating late in the evening and late-night snacking is best avoided, unless you are training to be a Sumo wrestler!
Fill Up With Fruits and Vegetables
Eat a rainbow diet of different colored fruits and vegetables. The emphasis should be on vegetables for meals and fresh fruit for snacks. Eating a handful of fresh sunflower or pumpkin seeds with a piece of fresh fruit will help to minimize blood sugar fluctuations. The protein and essential fats in the seeds will help slow the release of fruit sugars and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Drinking Water for Weight Loss
Yes, I know you are trying to lose water from the body, but it is still important to consume sufficient water to hydrate the body. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Fill a large bottle or jug with water so you can see how much you are drinking throughout the day. Water will fill you up and help reduce food cravings, flush out toxins and give your skin a healthier glow.
Increase your Fiber with Whole foods
Whole foods like brown rice, oatcakes and rye bread contain complex carbohydrate and fiber, as do vegetables, salads and fruit, which fills you up and reduce the amount of calories you consume. If you are new to whole foods, just start with a few oatcakes or rye bread as a snack. It is best to avoid wheat bread if you can because it can make you feel bloated.
It’s Not Fat That Makes You Fat!
There are good fats and bad fats. The good fats can help you actually break down body fat instead of storing it. Essential fats can also help reduce pre-menstrual bloating. The bad fats in fried foods, low-fat spreads and hydrogenated vegetable oils in many processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. You can use olive oil for cooking and butter for spreading. Essential fats like flax seed oil are great in salad dressing.
Reduce Salt and Processed Foods
There tends to be a lot of salt in snacks and processed foods so to help get rid of the excess water in your body, it is best to reduce these foods to reduce your salt intake.
Food-combining Can Reduce Bloating
Food-combining, by eating your protein foods (meat, fish, eggs, dairy) at a separate meal from starchy foods (bread, flour, grains, potatoes) can help reduce bloating.
Dance and Be Merry!
You don’t have to be a gym bunny to lose weight. You can burn up an extra 240 calories each day just by being more active in your daily routine. Walking, stretching and trying out your dance moves will get you in the party mood.
When you have squeezed into your party frock, then it’s time to forget the diet and have a merry Christmas. Then I’ll see you in the New Year with some great new tips to get you slim and healthy for the rest of 2010!
Sara Mallett is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and featured expert in the UK’s best-selling ‘Slimming’ magazine. To get more information on how Melody lost 5 lbs in 7 days and details of the 7-Day Diet Plan go to Christmas Weight Loss 7-Day Diet Plan.