After the holiday diet

After the holidays, when I am both well eaten and drunk, I am often asked - What kind of post-holiday diet will help me to drop what I eat during the holidays? The answer is - just no diet!

Various post-holiday diets are recommended to help you lose weight during the holidays, such as grapefruit, kefir, eggs, oranges, buckwheat and the like, relaxation days, and more. You don't need all this.

So what exactly happened? You have consumed many more calories in a short time than your body needs. Are all the extra calories automatically turned into fat and stored on the abdomen, hips…? No, that's not really the case. Calorie intake should be seen in a broader context than one or two days - I would recommend it - in a weekly interval.

That is, if you need, for example, 1700 Kcal / day (11900 Kcal per week) for the normal functioning of the body, and even if you have been "sinned" and with various delicacies and alcohol, say, 2400 Kcal, but in the next few days you will take around 1500 - 1600 Kcal and then you will return to the daily 1700 Kcal - on a weekly basis, taking the same 11900 Kcal as usual - no extra kg will appear.

Celebrating along with the extra calories is usually taken in too much carbohydrates (fruit, confectionery, lemonade, flour products, alcohol) and salt (chips) retains water in our body. 1g of carbohydrates is retained by 3-4 g of water, but 1 g of excess salt is around 100 g of water. Both salt and carbohydrates are needed by our bodies - without them they will not be able to exist, but if there are too many of them - we become heavier at the expense of unnecessarily retained water.

100g of cereals contain an average of 75-80g of carbohydrates, 100g of cakes and cookies 60-70g of carbohydrates, 100g of chips - about 50g of carbohydrates plus a lot of salt, which also retains water. Without knowing these facts and pursuing the fastest possible result, many mistakes are made, for example - choosing a fruit diet or buckwheat diet (cereals) You will not get rid of excess carbohydrates (more precisely, water retention), but will directly increase their amount in your body and also the amount of water retained.


What to do to normalize your weight after the holidays

first - Calm down, nothing terrible has happened. The weight that comes in is not fat.

Secondly - After the event, think about how many calories to take in the next 3-5 days so that you fit into your usual caloric intake on a weekly basis.

Third - Reduce carbohydrates in your diet and, if you have eaten salty foods, also products that contain salt. Choose vegetables and protein-rich products (beef, chicken, turkey, cottage cheese, eggs…).

Fourth - Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. This sounds paradoxical, but excess fluid can only be removed from the body with water, which dissolves the excess minerals and removes them from the body in the urine. The recommendation - to drink more water - is not to fool the stomach, but to dissolve the salt deposits and remove them from the body (for example, to remove 1 g of excess salt, you need to take about 100 ml of water.).

That's it. As you can see - everything is simple and no miracle cures are needed -😊.


In addition to reading:

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Types of "fast" diets.

Why can't I lose weight?

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