The Little Black Dress Countdown to Christmas

The festive season is just around the corner, so if you want to look great and feel good in your little black dress, now is the time to start making changes to your lifestyle.

Getting in shape starts in the kitchen

In the winter months we all crave hearty comfort food and more often than not, larger portions. Take a look at your current diet and make some simple changes to avoid bloating and weight gain. Cut down on your intake of bread and pasta and reduce the number of times you eat starchy foods such as white rice and potatoes. Fill up on healthy proteins such as lean turkey and chicken, eggs, nuts, seeds and serve with plenty of non-starchy fresh veg such as broccoli and salads.

Drink to detox

Increase your intake of water and aim to drink 2 litres a day. This will reduce toxins that can lead to bloating and will keep you feeling full in between meals. If you’re struggling with the concept of just water and love a cuppa, then make sure you don’t add sugar. Limit your intake of alcohol – there’ll be plenty around during party season so cutting back now will work wonders for your shape. Make a small adjustment and stop drinking during the week and at weekends try to stick to red wine, champagne and spirits with sugar free mixers.

Exercise smarter

Use a personal trainer. Obviously I’m a bit biased on this, but if you need to achieve your goal quickly, working with a trainer is by far the fastest way. I can not only help you with nutrition tips, but also with your mind set and technique. I’ll provide you with the encouragement that you need, so you’ll be less likely to give up. Do HIIT classes such as Metafit which will keep your workouts short but focussed. It will tackle all the typical areas such as bum, tummy, arms and legs but will also burn calories in a shorter amount of time. I can also prepare routines for you to do at home in between sessions. Exercising more than four times a week is not the best way to go, but if you get the right balance of two or three HIIT sessions a week, then you will allow time for you muscles to recover.

Rest

Try to achieve between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night. This can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can make it difficult to lose weight. Over training can also increase stress levels, lower your immune system and make your body increase its fat retention, so be sensible on how often you exercise and how long you rest.

Quality not quantity

By bringing together all the above points you really can achieve your goal at a sensible pace without overdoing it. With good quality advice and proven techniques, I can create the best route for you and make the foundation for a healthier lifestyle. Changing your lifestyle won’t be easy, if it was everyone would do it, but with hard work and a nudge from me exactly when you need it, you’ll feel the benefits……way beyond the festive season.

Katie Tomkins
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