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Shed those Christmas pounds fast

Shed those Christmas pounds fast

It’s inevitable that after weeks of over-indulgence in the run up to Christmas and the New Year that you may well have put on a few extra pounds. If you’re looking to shed that unwanted extra, here’s a quick way to slim down without crash dieting.

Rather than starving yourself you need to make sure that you eat a sensible mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fresh fruit and vegetables all in balanced meals.

Absolutely no snacking on chocolates, biscuit or cream laden puddings. Abstaining completely will ensure that you slim down quickly.

Substitute white rice, pasta and bread for their wholemeal counterparts to ensure a healthier and stodge-free meal.

Breakfast: 

Try breakfasts of porridge with banana and honey, fresh fruit or poached eggs on wholegrain bread. 

Lunch:

For lunch, salmon with baby potatoes and spinach or lean chicken stir fries using ground nut or coconut oils.

Dinner:

For dinner, try vegetable curry with aubergine, carrot, potatoes, chick peas and tinned tomatoes, a spoonful of low-fat yoghurt and fresh coriander. Substitute fatty puddings for low fat yoghurts and fresh fruit.

Team your healthy eating plan with these simple exercises: do this complete circuit for three non-consecutive days a week and do the full circuit three times. Ensure you cool down and warm up as appropriate.

Round one:

  • 30 seconds of push ups. Do as many as you can in the time – use bent knees if needed.
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 1 minute of marching

Round two:

  • 30 seconds of squats. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, with your arms straight out in front of you and bend your legs as if sitting down. Then return to standing.
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 1 minute of marching

Round three:

  • 30 seconds of dumbbell lift – with a dumbbell in each hand, step your left foot forward, making sure your legs are bent slightly. Lean forward from the waist with your palms facing inwards and bend the right arm and bring the dumbbell to the waist. Lower and repeat on the left side and alternate the arms. After 15 seconds change legs so the right foot is forward.
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 1 minute of marching.
     
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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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