Disclaimer: if any of you have decided to kick off your yearly resolution of losing weight right after the Chinese New Year festivities, here are two things you ought to know. First off, well played – you clearly know you have no self-control and that Lunar calendar loophole is just clever.
Secondly, I would also like you to write down that resolution, and throw it right into the bin, or out of the window. Forget all about it.
Resolutions are way overrated, and easily forgotten a few months down the road. The post-festive weight gain is real, and it might even be here to stay. We’re here for the solutions: and I have a few right here to begin with.
Starting the Day Right
If you have the habit of skipping your breakfast and are under the impression that if you just have your lunch and dinner you are eating less, you cannot be further away from the truth.
Your first meal of the day sets the tone for your calorie and fat intake for the rest of the day. If you skip your breakfast, you will tend to develop hunger pangs an hour before lunchtime, and your head will be filled with nothing but how much food you’re going to have to satiate your hunger.
This is how overeating occurs, and how you’re unknowingly taking a step away from the right track of dieting.
Always make sure you have a sumptuous breakfast – one that is rich in protein. Protein intake early in the day can help you to reduce your sugar cravings in the late afternoon and evenings.
Load up on your eggs, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese first thing in the morning to stabilize your blood sugar level, in order to eat in moderation for the rest of the day.
Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic?
Have you ever had one of those instances where you just “feel very fat today”?
Your clothes feel tighter than usual, you look like an XL in white even though you’re a size M, and you have to (gasp!) inhale before you can button up your jeans.
The good news is, you have not gained an obscene amount of weight overnight. The bad news is, you feel like a whale because you are bloated, very likely from indigestion.
Indigestion brings along a host of other ailments like constipation, stomach aches and also acid reflux. Over-consumption of alcohol or oily and spicy food is often the leading cause of this, and the prominent bloat you observe is the result of uncleared bowels, and a build-up of gases in your body.
It is very important to practice detoxification, with or without indigestion. The toxins in our body from all the junk food and alcohol (especially during the post-festive period) can slow down metabolism and retard the digestive system.
Products like the Purification 1-Day Cleanse are perfect for rebooting and removing the bloatware in your body after a wild night of feasting and drinking. Pair this product up with the Daily Cleanse, to regulate your bowels, and pay off your “poop debt”.
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Let’s just face it: not everyone of us is cut out for the gym. While it is necessary for everyone who wants to shed a few pounds, some of us just cannot find the time, or the will to put on those running shoes and get on that threadmill, especially after a long day at work.
Fast track your weight loss with acclaimed fat busting treatments like Onda Body Magic, a new-age procedure that literally freezes the excess fat at any area of your body, breaking them down in a painless and non-invasive manner.
The loose skin caused by the loss of fat cells will then be tightened as well, giving you a newfound svelte frame and keeping your skin firm and supple at the same time.
If you’re not a fan of the cold stuff, the Magnetic Muscle Sculpt is also an apt option for those who aren’t exactly in need of losing so much weight, but need a little bit of muscle definition.
There is no better way to start the *lunar* year than (finally) losing some weight, gaining some of the self-confidence, and setting the tone for an amazing, all-conquering year of 2020.