After a series of hearty May picnics, we traditionally gain a couple of extra pounds. Irina Volkova, host of the “Wound with Ukraine” program on the Ukraine channel, shares her plan of action on how to get back in shape before the beach season.
I must say right away that I am not a supporter of strict diets. Firstly, I consider them evil for the body. Secondly, evil for the psyche. After all, when you live within the framework of many restrictions, a period of breakdown is sure to come. Therefore, in order not to harm your health and get into a summer swimsuit, there are several rules:
Drink as much water as possible. Yes, we all know about it. But let’s be honest — how often do we control exactly how much we drank? In order to accurately drink my daily allowance, I pour water into bottles that I drink throughout the day. To visually see at what stage I am finishing this bottle. And it should always be at hand.
Refuse gastronomic garbage. Eliminate everything extremely harmful, this is the holidays we can pamper ourselves. Now it’s the body’s turn to rest. So, no pastries (except whole grain bread), sausages, any canned food, fast food, sweet carbonated drinks, all kinds of store-bought sauces, ketchup. If possible, switch to the most clean and simple food. A minimum of salt and fried.
Replace sugar with stevia. I like it better as a syrup than a powder. There are people who cannot get used to its specific taste, but I practically do not feel it. Since I cannot live without sweets, stevia really saves. But not always.
If you really want some sweets, then I follow the principle of the least evil. It’s better than a hard ban. I allow myself a piece of dark chocolate or marshmallows. And only in the morning!
Principle of the first half of the day very important if you need to lose extra kilos. After all, even such healthy foods as fruits should be consumed only in the morning and at lunchtime. It used to be my mistake to consider, for example, fruits with cottage cheese as a dietary dish for dinner. In fact, this is a direct path to weight gain. So leave fruit for a snack for a second breakfast, and cottage cheese for dinner. Or eggs and vegetables. To summarize, dinner should be light and protein-free — no cereals, bread, potatoes.
Well, sports, how could it be without him! I do not stop activity all year round, but during this period I try to increase the load. I add active cardio loads to strength exercises, now it’s swimming in the pool and running.
And the main rule, which I have only recently learned — allow yourself to be imperfect. Yes, it is always worth striving to become better, but it is also important not to scold yourself for any mistakes. It may have been a very hard day and I missed training and broke some of the above rules. And I don’t reproach myself, I just plan the next day with optimism. After all, we are not machines to keep from failing.
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