Pre-holiday fuss, eager anticipation of the most wonderful and beloved holiday of the year… How great all these are! These days, you feel as if there is no fatigue at all. On the contrary, the long-lasting search, the choice and purchase of gifts bring joy, and shopping is a real pleasure.
Every woman, having decided for herself that she will look stunning at this Christmas celebration, is already in a hurry to pick up a beautiful dress. And this is where the mood can be spoiled. You can hardly zip the dress that you like, and every roll in all inappropriate places that was covered by your everyday blouses and wide pants is clearly visible now.
“Yes… the picture is definitely unattractive”, the mirror says with sarcasm. Then, the events unfold as follows:
- some part of the female population decides to buy something else of a larger size, which will effectively cover up the imperfections
- another part feverishly thinks: “I need to lose weight by Christmas!Asap!”, and begins rushing about in search of effective magic diets, capable of completely and irrevocably eliminate excess kilograms without any effort.
For such cases, lots of slimming diets were developed, which are designed to help get rid of excess kilograms in just 4-7 days, including:
- coffee diet,
- yogurt diet,
- semi-liquid diet,
- protein-grapefruit diet.
If there are no contraindications and you are absolutely healthy, it does make sense to try these. However, there is another side to the coin. Strict debilitating diets can seriously damage your health, which is not part of your plans at all. Besides, kilograms that you lose with these diets return extremely easy.
An even worse scenario is if you suddenly come to the thought of eating nothing at all. Let’s immediately reject this option. Uncontrolled fasting will not lead to anything good. Instead of turning into a stunning woman during a month, you will become depressed, tired and totally unhappy.
Therefore, if you want to lose weight by Christmas and stay slim after the holidays, you need, first of all, to develop a strategy that will help you achieve the maximum result within the shortest possible time. This will require reviewing of your nutrition and engaging into regular physical activity.
By observing our recommendations, you can lose about 3-4 kg in 3-4 weeks. By the way, these same activities will help you lose weight after the winter holidays. Of course, this will require your effort of will, and even a treacherous thought may arise to abandon the plan, but,
- close your eyes,
- imagine yourself prettier, thinner, in a new dress.
See the image? Aren’t the forthcoming restrictions, which also bring benefits to our body and health, worth it? And, importantly, you need to develop the following mindset: “I want it! I can and will do it with pleasure!”, because our mood and mindset in most situations affect the results to a very high extent, and losing weight is not an exception.
So, from this moment on we are resolutely moving towards our goal and, above all, we begin to eat consciously. It’s very simple:
- if you need to lose more than 5 kg, limit your diet to 1200 kcal per day,
- if you need to lose less, 1500 calories per day will be enough for you.
Remember that these restrictions are the diet itself. You can calculate the amount of calories consumed using any reliable calorie calculator that you find convenient for you. You should understand that you will have to exclude from your diet a lot, yet you can allow some delicacies from time to time (again, within reasonable limits).
First of all, reduce to a minimum the consumption of foods rich in easily digestible high-calorie simple carbohydrates, including:
If the desire to have something sweet almost kills you, have a bit of dark chocolate. In the morning, you can even pamper yourself with a bonbon or a bun, but after dinner – forget it.
Introduce in your daily menu foods rich in complex carbohydrates, like:
- pearl barley,
- unpolished rice,
- whole wheat bread,
- durum wheat pasta.
*The main thing is not to add any fatty sauces to them.
Replace most of the animal fats (bacon, butter) with unrefined vegetable oils, including:
In addition, you need to limit the consumption of foods that contain carcinogens and harmful fats, including:
- red and old meat,
- smoked and fried foods.
Refuse all these in favor of a moderate amount of boiled lean meat or chicken breast (1-2 times a week).
You should also go very moderate with foods that are:
- extra spicy.
Their consumption leads to the accumulation of excess fluid in the body and, as a result, to puffiness and excess weight.
Give preference to boiled or fried seafood and sea fish. You can have them 4 times a week (especially salmon and tuna), while the portion size should match the size of your palm.
You can satisfy your body’s demand for protein foods with:
- low-fat dairy products (natural yoghurts, cottage cheese),
- legumes (peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, mush, etc.).
*Do not forget that your body needs a sufficient amount of liquid. Sweet shop juices, sodas, beer, any alcoholic drinks are enemies to our body, as they are all high in calories and can not be considered useful.
During the day, you can pamper yourself with one cup of natural coffee and two cups of tea. However, the main liquid must be purified or still mineral water (not less than 1.5 liters per day). As you know, water occupies a large volume in the stomach and dulls hunger.
Therefore, when you get light hunger and don’t know what to eat, better drink a glass of water better. If you drink a glass of water 20 minutes before a meal, the amount of food that you eat will be much smaller.
You need to introduce into your menu as much raw vegetables and fruits, as possible, especially green ones, like:
- green pepper,
- Brussels sprouts,
- green apples.
Lack of vitamins and minerals significantly affects the overall well-being. Therefore, your food should be enriched with vitamins.
The most important rules for weight loss are:
- Do not starve!
- Sleep more!
Yes, yes, that’s right! Sleep and rest more! Lack of sleep leads to stress for the body, and its “abundance” increases stress resistance and reduces fatigue. It turns out that we burn more calories while sleeping than we do while simply sitting in a chair watching a favorite movie.
Observe moderation in nutrition and avoid overeating. Your food intake should be split into 4-5 times a day, and it should be regular:
- obligatory breakfast,
- afternoon snack,
- dinner (no later than 3-4 hours before going to bed).
These should take place at about the same time every day. Breakfast is compulsory even in a very strict diet. If you ask what foods what foods to choose for breakfast, remember the list:
- filling porridges,
- bran bread.
A wonderful breakfast option is the so called “Salad of Beauty”. It will help you to lose weight by the New Year, and will improve the condition of your skin, hair and nails, if you make it your daily option for a month.
To make it, mix oatmeal with raisins, honey, dried apricots, lemon juice and nuts. You can complement the resulting salad with grated apple and finely chopped grapefruit.
Do not even think about semi-finished products and fast food. Prepare fresh food daily. Thus, you will be absolutely sure that you are eating a truly healthy food.
Once or twice a week, you can have a fasting day. You can choose, for example, buckwheat. TO do it correctly, you need to mix a few tablespoons of raw (preferably green) buckwheat with natural yogurt and let it sit in the fridge over night. This will be your food for the next day.
Another golden rule for achieving our goal of a good weight loss by Christmas party:
- Move more!
We understand perfectly well that not ever person has the opportunity to go to gyms, fitness centers or a swimming pool, yet it is quite realistic to:
- replace taking a lift with going up and down the stairs,
- replace riding a bus to your home into a nice walk.
If your work place is too far from home, go out of the bus one or two stops earlier. Walking on foot for 20-30 minutes at a rapid pace burns a large amount of calories. In the end, you can easily choose a few simple exercises and do them at home. Even a simple 20-minute set of exercises will make your weight loss process much more effective.
If you keep to these simple rules for a couple of months, you will be able to lose weight by the new year in a gradual manner without harming your health. But if you have just 7-10 days instead of a month or at least three weeks at your disposal, and you are not simply wishing to be slimmer, but really-really need to lose weight, you can resort to “fast” diets.
And here we again want to remind you that you need to exit the proposed diets in a smooth manner. Otherwise, all the kilograms that you managed to lose will return very quickly. In addition, before you make up your mind to use one of such fast weight loss methods, you should better consult with your doctor.
Diet to lose weight by Christmas in 7-10 days
The principle of this diet is extremely simple. During the entire period, you need to consume only oatmeal porridge daily. And you should cook this porridge according to the following recipe:
- pour a cup of oatmeal flakes with boiling water
- let sit for 30-40 minutes,
- pour 1% yogurt over it.
You can eat the resulting porridge during the day when you feel hunger (4-6 times a day). Do NOT season your porridge with:
- oil or butter.
The amount of drinking water during such express diet is not limited. On the contrary, it is recommended to drink at least 1.5-2 liters of water per day. All other products should be completely excluded.
On such a diet, you can easily lose 5-7 kg in 7-10 days. However, it is not recommended to keep to it more than 10 days. Leave 1-2 days before the Christmas party for exiting the diet, so that it is easier for you to survive the plentiful Christmas feast.
If you decide to lose a few extra pounds just before the holiday and you have only 3-5 days at your disposal, you can use the following diet.
5-day Express Diet For Weight Loss
- Breakfast: chicken egg, unsweetened tea.
- Second breakfast until 12.00: low-fat cottage cheese with yogurt.
- Lunch: 150 grams of fish with a vegetable salad, seasoned with lemon juice, yet without oil, some fruit.
- Dinner: unsweetened tea.
*Water – in unlimited quantities.
The following SLIMMING DIET is very similar to the low-carbohydrate diet, the lighter version of which looks like this:
- Breakfast: 30 g of low-fat hard cheese, a slice of rye bread, unsweetened green tea.
- Lunch: boiled beans, a slice of rye bread, 200 g of low-fat cottage cheese, unsweetened tea.
- Dinner: 100 grams of steamed chicken breast, 1 cucumber and 1 tomato, unsweetened green tea.
There is another form of a fast and effective weight loss diet, which based on three-day fasting days, which allow you to lose up to 4 kilograms.
- Day 1: entering the diet,
- Day 2: starvation,
- Day 3: exiting the diet.
When you are preparing your body for starvation, you need to:
- Limit the consumption of fatty and carbohydrate foods, cereals, and legumes.
- For breakfast, only drink green tea.
- For lunch have raw fruits and vegetables (season salad with olive oil and no salt).
- No dinner for you on this day, and drink only water and green tea without sugar after 7 pm.
- Day two is all about fasting, and you can have just the water.
The third day is a gradual exit from the diet. On this day, you
- eat the same foods as you ate at day 1,
- then gradually add low-fat protein foods,
- then switch to normal diet.
You also can choose to have potato diet. During a week, you are allowed to eat only potatoes cooked in skins without spices.
Or you can choose fasting days on bananas and milk, which are also considered effective. This eating routine should last up to 5 days. The daily diet consists of two bananas and 3 glasses milk. Such mono diets will help you lose 2-3 kilograms.
However, it is better to eat properly all the time, and then you will be in a great shape for any holiday! Keep in mind, while trying to lose weight by Christmas at any cost, the most important thing is not to overdo it.
The quality of your holiday does not depend on your weight. It depends on your mood, your desire to make it unforgettable not only for yourself, but also for people close to you. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of pre-Christmas magic and believe – you will succeed!