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How to get rid of the weight gained during the Holidays

06 January 2013 / 19:01:40  GRReporter
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You ate cookies, turkey and everything else from the festive menu during the Holidays. And since all good things come to an end at some point, the time of reckoning has now come. Before weighing yourself on the scales and taking the necessary decisions of the type, "what diet should I go on now?", take a look at this guide to delicious detoxification for the post-holiday period.

Stop carbohydrate intake

One of the biggest changes in the diet during the Holidays is the high intake of carbohydrates, mainly sugar contained in candy. To return to normal, you should limit the use of sweets in order to restore the levels of glucose to their physiological limits. You should treat similarly bread and pasta, which (unfortunately) have to be restricted. And since it is not easy, do it gradually, replacing foods containing white flour and sugar with other products containing raw brown sugar and whole wheat flour.

More vegetables

Festive meals on Christmas and New Year's Eve are not known for their salads, therefore, you should include the old well-known vegetables in your daily menu. And since these days most of us chose to have a cookie instead of a fruit, it is best that you start slowly returning to good habits.

Eat less

During the Holidays, rich dinners may have their place, but in order to detoxify the body, you should eat less. The days of the kitchen full of all kinds of dishes are now gone, and your stomach needs to re-adjust to everyday life, so that it won't suffer.

Do you remember water?

In order to detoxify your body, you need water ... plenty of water. Over the last few days, you got accustomed to drinking alcohol, soft drinks and other "forbidden" beverages, but now your body needs hydration and energy in order to meet the requirements of the new year.

If, of course, you are one of those people who cannot adapt to changes immediately, choose sugar-free tea, which contains antioxidants. Alternatively, you can choose fruit juice in the morning and vegetable juice in the afternoon, which will offer you all the necessary nutrients that you need.

Some ... olive oil?

To remove toxins from your body, there is a classic and tested method - olive oil. A few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in the afternoon provide effective functioning of the liver and contribute to the production of bile. For people who are more of the gourmet-type, half a cup of castor oil can be helpful for stomach problems, although this is not based on any scientific evidence.

Forbidden things

Alcohol, caffeine, red meat, butter - all these should go into the cupboard (and make sure to lock it!). Try to focus on choosing foods rich in water, such as cucumbers, cabbage, celery, lettuce, etc. Grapefruit is also a good choice, since it contains peptic enzymes, and, for best results, avoid cereals with gluten, seafood and processed food.

Be realistic

In order to apply the new changes in your diet with the expected result and to take your body back to daily life after the Holidays, you should primarily be realistic. Make a plan that relies on a balanced and healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and you will soon see the results. Above all, remember, however, that it takes time to detoxify after the holiday feasts, as well as to lose, but also maintain, your desired weight.

Tags: Holidays detoxification foods diet carbohydrates water oil
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