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How to prepare your body for the holiday season?

Over the festive period, we let ourselves be tempted by treats that are often delicious, but almost always high in calories. To get back in shape and keep fit all year long, it is important to follow certain dietary recommendations!

The results will be gradual, just like for running - our ally in the battle to be slim and fit!


Recommendation no. 1: drink!

It's a fact, if you drink regularly, your body will eliminate toxins more easily. Water and liquids ingested in the day have the advantage of hydrating your tissues and muscles, but also of regulating your appetite. Start with a glass of water in the morning followed by fruit juice around 10am to get your dose of vitamins, then a vegetable soup at lunch and dinner. Between meals, choose green tea over coffee for its digestive properties. Avoid sugary drinks, choose water or lightly flavoured drinks, as they contain very little sugar


Recommendation no. 2: don't avoid fruit and vegetables

In your quest for a slim figure and better physical fitness, make sure you regularly eat fruit and vegetables. They are low in calories (you can eat a lot of them!) and contain various vitamins, minerals and fibres.

To cook, steam them with a minimum amount of fat/oil and salt to take full advantage of their beneficial effects. For more taste, add herbs and spices. Frozen vegetables are a good alternative for eating vegetables at every meal and in all seasons. Studies have shown that they possess all the same vitamins and flavours as fresh vegetables.

Tip: Eat bread with meals. It has the advantage of containing slow sugars and thus avoids pangs of hunger in the middle of the afternoon. It is a good source of energy for your running sessions, and is released gradually into the organism.


Recommendation no. 3: eat slowly and chew your food properly 

To eat less and help digestion, make sure you chew your food; you will eat more slowly and be full up more quickly. The key is to think about what you're eating during meals in order to give the brain the opportunity and the time to tell the body when it has had enough. 


Recommendation no. 4: exercise, walk, run!

This is a recommendation that should be at the top of the list in your quest for your ideal weight and fitness. But you can't have one without the other! Eating healthily is important, but if you don't get enough exercise, there's not much point.
The formula is simple: to lose weight, you need to use more calories than you consume.

Walk, run…and remember that sporting activity must be regular for it to have positive effects on your organism. Walk for 30 minutes a day or go jogging 3 times a week for 40 minutes. It's the ideal solution for burning fat!


To be avoided:

- Watch out for restrictive diets that you won't be able to stick to in the long run. Your only gains will be extra weight and low spirits. Losing weight must be gradual. The longer it takes to get results, the longer it will be maintained over time.

- If you have any doubts, consult your doctor, who will be able to advise you on getting back in shape.

- Cut out certain food and drink for a while, such as chips, crisps, processed meats, sugary drinks and alcohol, and reduce your salt intake!

- If you get hungry in the middle of the afternoon, choose a cereal bar or piece of fruit rather than a pastry or biscuit. To avoid snacking, get used to eating a sufficient amount during main meals.


Example of a typical meal: 

- Starter: salad or soup,

- Main course: vegetables, protein (meat, eggs or fish) and carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes

- Dessert: Piece of fruit and 1 yoghurt or a piece of low-fat cheese with a slice of brown bread

 Tip: write down everything you eat in a notebook; this way you can better assess the quantities absorbed in 24 hours and reduce them as a result.

Combine running with a healthy diet… It's a winning combination!