Getting back to your routine post the festive season
Once the hustle and bustle has settled after all the diwali festivities and celebrations, you might look back and think, maybe you should have gone a little easy on those rasgullas or kaju katlis. You might have put on a few pounds and now want to get back to the fitness routine, but the motivation to workout and more “diet” just isn't there. So the question is, how do you get back on track after a festive period.
Let's look at how you can tune your brain to help you get back to your fitness routine:
Everyone binges on sweets during festivals, so the first step should be to cut down on your sweet intake, you do not necessarily have to cut them all together at once because that can lead to relapse and you can again go on a binge. So the better way would be to cut down slowly and gradually.
Festive sweets and snacks are loaded with carbs and fats, so protein the most important macronutrient is constantly overlooked during this time. So you should starting incorporating protein in your protein having higher TEF ( needs more energy to ) would also help burn little more calories. Also protein is more satiating than carbs and fats, so it'll also help you feel fuller for longer.
Starting your workout routine again might seem like a big task after a gap of some time. The best bet is to start slow and gradually increase your frequency. Going hard at it from the go might burn you out and you might end up skipping your workouts altogether. So go slow, start with 3 days a week of weight training, add a bit of cardio and then up the frequency accordingly.
You might have gained more than you would have expected but don't be in a hurry to get it off within a week. As explained in the above para, start slow and set realistic goals. Losing 5 pounds in a week is neither realistic nor sustainable but losing half a pound to a pound is. Plan accordingly.
Contributed by: Nav Dhillon