The run-up to Christmas is filled with temptation to over-indulge in food, alcohol, and celebrations – so it’s a difficult time to lose weight.
But if you’re dreaming of fitting into that little black dress or your favourite suite for a Christmas party, don’t despair – help is it hand.
Here are five top tips for vegans who want to lose weight during the festive period.
1) Vegan Food Pyramid:
The pyramid is a guide to show vegans the quantity of each food group that they should be consuming. If you are planning to lose weight, then the vegan food pyramid is an important guide to consider as it shows caloric intake and portion control for a healthy weight loss – which is key during Christmas when there is nourish food galore!
2) Green Vegetables:
Greens are vital for weight loss as they are dense in nutrients, high in fibre and low in calories. Vegetables such as broccoli, kale and collard greens are good to include in every meal to increase your fibre intake as this is a key ingredient for weight loss. Fibre sweeps through your intestines and clears everything inside, so ensure to keep up the green vegetables during Christmas
3) Increase the protein:
Proteins are known to fill you up faster which means less snacking on those mince pies! Beans, lentils, and oats are examples of protein that can easily be added to meals or you could try vegan protein supplements such as Veganicity’s Pea Protein Powder (250 Vgrams/£8.45). This natural protein powder boasts an 80% protein content so is perfect for anyone trying to add more protein to their diet to lose weight
4) Prepare healthy meals:
Preparing meals is vital to consume the correct amount of nutrients to ensure weight loss. Avoid grabbing unhealthy foods as a lazy resort and instead plan the foods needed in each meal to strictly keep to the diet. Supermarkets sell pre-packaged vegetables as a quick and healthy option that you can use all year round to keep a healthy diet
5) Exercise and stay hydrated:
During Christmas it can be easy to slip from regular exercise and to just indulge in food, however, it is important to stay on top of your weight through classes you could attend with friends, by joining sports groups or the gym etc. It is also advised that you should drink a minimum of 1.2 litres of water a day (which is the equivalent to six to eight glasses)1 to stay hydrated during the day
Studies show that women generally should consume 2000 calories a day to maintain weight, however if trying to lose weight, this decreases to 1500. Similarly, men should have 2500 calories a day, but if losing weight this also decreases to 20002. To aid the weight loss process during Christmas, you could try Veganicity’s Phase 2 supplement (60 VTabs/£12.95), which is a patented form of white kidney bean extract that aims to reduce the amount of carbohydrates available to the body.
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