With the festive season approaching it’s tempting to enjoy lots of seasonal foods and treats, but unfortunately it always results in gaining a few extra pounds. Most people would say the answer is hitting the gym everyday or eating less in order to stay slim and toned, but sometimes it's easier said than done! However with a few small lifestyle changes it is possible to say nourished, energetic and healthy - and keep the pounds off.
Replace everyday ingredients with healthy alternatives
In a recent column for GQ, Bear Grylls shares his tips on how to eat properly. He has switched everyday ingredients for a more nutritious option and according to Grylls his meals taste even more delicious then junk food!
- Oat milk
- Yeast flakes
- Raw bread ingredients
Make healthy meals taste more delicious then unhealthy meals
It sounds simple, but make sure you choose healthy recipes that you really enjoy. No matter how good it is for you, you're not going to stick to eating meals you just don't like for very long. Find recipes you genuinely like and it will be easy to say no to junk food; you'll also find that healthy foods are more filling so you won't need to make as much.
Consider sugars and alcohol as a treat
Once you start eating healthily you can consider sugary foods as a treat so that you consume them on a less frequent basis. The same goes for alcohol, and the less you have it the more you will enjoy it when you do. Alcohol really is just empty calories - it's not called a beer belly for nothing! So the less you drink, the less weight you will gain.
Walk or bike to work
Working out is great if you are determined and can find the time, but if the gym isn’t part of your daily routine, you just need to find something that is. If it's practical to walk or cycle to work, that's a great place to start. Even just doing this 2 - 3 times a week will make a huge difference to your health and it's easy to do.
Get enough sleep
A third of men are sleep deprived. It might seem counter intuitive - but studies have show that sleep deprivation can result in a weight gain. Not to mention poor performance at work and even a negative effect on your relationships - so make sure you're getting seven to eight hours sleep a night.