Goose with apples, salad “Olivier”, homemade cake – there is no way to resist this splendor! And indeed: when else can you pamper yourself if not in the New Year?
As a result, not only extra centimeters in waist, but also heaviness in the stomach, digestive disorders and other effects of immoderation in food, remain in memory of the luxurious feasts. In order to solve all these problems in one fell swoop, after abundant libations, it is worthwhile to arrange a “unloading week” – all the more so for the long New Year holidays you can catch up and visit all those close to you and take some time for yourself.
Moreover, I would appreciate it not only the figure, but also health.
Contrary to common misconception, to go on a diet immediately after the holiday overeating is not worth it. The body has already experienced a great deal of stress — overeating — and creating new stress for it in the form of poor nutrition means literally throwing the digestive system “out of the fire and into the fire”. Strict diets aimed at rapid weight loss (5 kg per week or even more) are not an easy test for the body.
Often they lead to a violation of water-salt balance, problems in the kidneys and the cardiovascular system, not to mention that they deteriorate the quality of the skin and accelerate the development of cellulite. So it is best to lose weight gradually, dropping no more than 1 kg per week.
In addition, with a slow weight loss, there is a greater chance that the lost kilograms will not return again.
What will benefit the body tired of the holidays? First of all, lighter food.
Avoid heavy festive dishes rich in fats and fast carbohydrates: salads with mayonnaise, smoked meats, sausages, pickles, fatty meats, cakes, sweets. Moreover, traditional holiday food can always find a useful substitute: for example, vegetable salads with vegetable oil, low-fat cheese, boiled or stewed low-fat meat (chicken breast, turkey, rabbit, veal), fresh and dried fruits.
Be sure to include in your daily menu fresh vegetables, fruits and dairy products. We often forget about the latter during the holidays – and in vain, because they improve digestion and restore the intestinal microflora.
Naturally low-fat yogurts with live cultures are especially recommended for dietary nutrition – they actively work in the intestines and at the same time do not increase the appetite due to lower (compared to, say, kefir) acidity levels.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are especially valuable during the fasting period for their dietary fiber. These components filter harmful substances from the intestines, bind toxins and activate digestion. In addition, the “gifts of nature” saturate the diet with vitamins and minerals, which on holidays are supplanted from our menu fats and “fast” carbohydrates.
Do not forget that you should not add salt to vegetable salads: its consumption should generally be kept to a minimum during the fasting week (and ideally, every day). Salt contributes to fluid retention in the body and makes parting with extra pounds more difficult.
Watch not only the number of calories, but also the regularity of nutrition. Eat often (every 3-4 hours), but little by little. Even if you get up at noon during the holidays, arrange a full hot breakfast for yourself (and not just coffee with cake) and lunch – always with the first course.
Porridges and soups are generally great for fasting days. Kashi supply us with complex carbohydrates, which are slowly digested and provide long saturation.
And soups create a feeling of satiety and are easily digested by a tired stomach.
If you feel the strength and need for a more effective cleansing of the body, 1-2 times a week you can arrange a fasting day. On this day, only 1-2 low-calorie products are allowed: for example, kefir, yogurt, buckwheat, apples, fresh vegetables. Those who have never practiced “unloading” should start with a combination of 2 products: for example, buckwheat and kefir, or kefir and fresh vegetables.
Between meals, observe an interval of 3 hours and try to observe moderation in food on this day and the next. In between, drink water and weak green tea. By the way, the opinion that dieting should be drunk as much as possible, no more than a delusion.
2 liters of fluid a day recommended by nutritionists (including all types of beverages, soups and dairy products) should not be exceeded, otherwise the kidneys and the cardiovascular system may be impaired.