Easter is a time to catch up with friends and family, which usually ends in eating and drinking too much and feeling as round as an Easter egg. One bad weekend isn’t going to make you gain 10lbs, but if you woke up today and vowed to get your diet and exercise regime back on track in time for summer, here are a few simple tips to help steer you in the right direction.
If you had a boozy bank holiday weekend, your liver is probably working overtime and your skin will be dehydrated thanks to the alcohol consumption. Give your liver a helping hand by upping your water intake to help flush out the toxins. Aim to drink 3-4 litres of water a day and your skin will love you for it. If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding a few slices of cucumber and your water will taste almost as good as those cucumber gin and tonics that you consumed over the weekend.
You probably ate a lot of carbs over the weekend so put those extra carbs and calories to good use by heading down to the gym and lifting something heavy. Use this extra fuel to burn fat and build some lean muscle. I like to do explosive and compound lifts after a carb heavy day, so get yourself in the squat rack and use your extra energy to build a booty!
The bank holiday weekends are some of the busiest times of the year, which means that our sleeping pattern goes out of the window. Sleep is so important for muscle recovery and youthful skin, so put the evening Netflix binging sessions on hold and spend this week catching up on some much needed sleep.
Instead of starving yourself as a bid to lose the little weight that you put on over Easter, eat regular meals and lots of vegetables. Try to have protein with every meal and if those leftover Easter eggs are calling your name, eat them earlier on in the day so that your body has a chance to use them as fuel, instead of storing them as fat.
Cardio is a great way to melt the chocolate off your body, but instead of running for miles or spending hours on the cross trainer, do some high intensity interval training to get your blood pumping. By the time you finish, your sweat will smell of chocolate! Sprints and boxing are my favourite forms of interval training but you can also get your blood pumping through cycling, skipping and swimming.
If you overindulged this bank holiday weekend, instead of feeling guilty and starting a fad diet, have a glass of water, put your trainers on and go and repair the damage!