Thursday,20 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1304, (21 - 27 July 2016)
Thursday,20 September, 2018
Issue 1304, (21 - 27 July 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Reversing Eid weight gain

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

If you gained a few pounds during Ramadan and then the Eid, you’re not alone. Many people spent the holy month stuffing themselves silly and bingeing on cookies and quiches during the Eid. But the good news is that a few simple changes to your routine can help you shed the weight quickly. True, lifestyle changes are the only way you can reverse weight gain, but you can get back on track by making small, realistic changes.

Aim to follow these expert suggestions to reclaim your waistline and be back in your skinny jeans in no time:

Keep eating: Don’t skip meals entirely. This will only make you hungrier and make it harder to stick with a healthy eating programme. Make sure you have protein like eggs, cottage cheese or yogurt in your breakfast to satisfy your appetite throughout the day.

Get moving: It’s important to get moving. Exercise not only burns calories but also puts you in a positive mind-set, which can help you make smarter food choices.

Avoid the white stuff: Cut out white bread and crackers from your diet. When your body isn’t used to the extra salt and sugar, it holds on to a lot of water. Once you get rid of that extra weight, your energy levels come back up.

Put goals on paper: Give yourself a specific goal and write it down on paper. Then it becomes real and verifiable.  Make sure you write down all your workouts and what you eat every day. You’ll be surprised by how much a commitment to logging your meals reduces mindless eating.

Consider vegetables: Vegetables are natural appetite suppressants, so don’t forget them.

Get rid of Eid leftovers: To lose weight, you have to get rid of temptation. Replace Eid cookies and kahk with fruit and healthy snacks.

Plan healthy goals: Deviating from get-healthy goals is harder when you plan your workouts and meals in advance. If you know you’re going to be on the go, carry some fruit or an energy bar. And if you know you get hungry later in the evening, plan for a small post-dinner snack.

Stick to the water bottle: Most of the time we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. In addition to helping you feel fuller, water also helps flush out the bad stuff you’ve been eating as you transition back to a healthier lifestyle.

Be patient: And finally and most importantly you have to know that changing your diet also changes your body’s weight-regulating mechanisms. This makes you hungrier, and it can make it more difficult to stick to your healthy diet. So be patient.

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