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Summer Bodies Are Made In Spring - Made Easy

20.05.2015

Faddy diets are often publicised as being the next big thing, promising your desired weight loss in a matter of days or weeks. However, not only could these fads be harmful to your health and wellbeing, but they have short term effects, with the probability that you’ll put your weight back on as quickly as you lost it, and then perhaps a few lbs more for good measure!

 

 

These fads have the potential to be harmful and likely short lived, leaving you with no information or advice on how to maintain your weight once (or if!) you have reached your goal. This ends up being a rollercoaster for not only your weight but your health and wellbeing as a whole.

So ask yourself: Is this turbulence really worth it?

At The Healthy Employee we don’t think so. We encourage people to feel and look their best throughout the entire year, but we appreciate the emphasis on physical wellbeing when you are stripping down to your swimmers throughout the summer months!

With that in mind, here are a few simple guidelines for you to follow in the dominating areas of your life that will get you on the straight and narrow and heading for your desired summer body with ease and success:

 

Food

  • Eat a balanced diet containing lean protein, complex carbohydrates and at least 5 servings of fruit and veg per day.
  • Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day – you can have these at any time that suits, just ensure you don’t go 5 hours without eating.
  • By eating regularly, you are maintaining your metabolic rate, avoiding dips in blood sugar levels and stabilising your energy.

 

Alcohol

  • Alcohol is essentially pure sugar. Having the odd drink with significantly slow down weight loss. This doesn’t mean stop drinking, it is just something you need to be aware of when trying to lose weight.
  • If you are happy to compromise your weight loss time, then the recommended daily limit is two units per day for women and 3 units per day for men.
  • Try to be mindful of your alcohol intake. I.e. Drink only when you are socialising, instead of having a glass of wine by yourself out of habit. This will significantly cut down on your intake immediately.

 

Exercise

  • The NHS recommends that adults undertake 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity at least 5 days per week.
  • If you dread exercise, then you simply haven’t found the right exercise for you!
  • If you don’t like the gym, perhaps join an exercise class such as kickboxing? Maybe join a sports team and get into the competitive spirit. If you don’t want something quite so fast paced, perhaps yourself and a friend could brave a power walk once a day?
  • Not enough hours in the day? Walk and talk when you’re having a meeting, not always possible, but when it is, do! Go for a 15-minute walk or jog on your lunch break to get your blood pumping and your mind cleared? There’s no excuse as to why you can’t find a form of exercise that doesn’t fit your interests and lifestyle!

 

Sleep

  • Aim for 6-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
  • Lack of sleep can increase your risk of diabetes, weight gain and a lowering of your mood

 

By losing weight steadily, this will enable you to likely achieve your goal. It banishes detoxing and unrealistic expectations, and therefore won’t leave you feeling disappointed and deflated. These small changes you make to your lifestyle will make a huge and everlasting impact on your health and wellbeing – for this and every summer to come.

Get summer ready by starting with your food and exercise diary – click here to download. This will enable you to see exactly what you are eating and drinking, and how much you are (or aren’t!) exercising. You will be able to identify your problem areas and then solve them. 

Download your shopping list and food planner here. This will make your week simple and straightforward – leaving less temptation for diversion!

 

If you are part of a company and would like to find out more about our healthy eating services please call 0845 533 5302.

If you are an individual and are interested in our 12 week online healthy eating programme you can find out more - here. When you're ready you can login to My Healthy Eating Programme using the login button at the top and entering the code VIP10 into the register now box. The cost of the 12 week programme for an individual is £49.99 and we have corporate rates available upon request. 



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