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10 Tips To Get Back On Track Post-Summer

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If endless bottles of rosé and indulgent BBQs have left you feeling more drab than fab then you’re not alone. We asked the experts how to get back on track after summer blow-outs, from nutritionist-approved diet tips to fitness tricks…

Get Fasting

“The fasting umbrella is vast, so there’s bound to be a version that suits you. My personal choice is juicing for one to three days; it’s fantastic for resting the digestive system, giving your liver a break and packing in vitamins and minerals.” – Rosemary Ferguson, nutritionist

Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

“If your goals aren’t realistic, it’s harder to reach them and this can be incredibly demotivating, which could send you on a cycle of bingeing, guilt and restriction. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time frame) and remember results take time to accomplish, so don’t be disheartened by any lack of change in the short-term.” – Rhiannon Lambert, registered nutritionist

Cut Sugar

“Make an effort to squeeze sugar out of your diet for a month – you’ll likely lose a dress size without having to obsess about what you’re eating. Your appetite will fall into place as your blood sugar levels come back into balance, your skin will glow and energy levels soar. Learn where sugar is lurking – the fructose in an organic date is still sugar.” – Louise Parker, Founder of the Louise Parker Method

Get Moving

“Aim to reach 10,000 steps a day and use a fitness tracker to check your progress. Take the stairs, get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way. Not much time? Don’t discount a short workout – even if it’s just for ten minutes – as the latest research shows the time required to see results in fitness levels doesn’t necessarily need to be performed in one single session.” – Louisa Drake, Founder of the Louisa Drake Method

Mix It Up

“Cardiovascular training is a sure-fire way to burn more calories and incorporating resistance training is great if you want to add definition. Ultimately a mix of disciplines works best for most people, so combine cardio and weights together.” – Louisa Drake

On a Similar Note

Hit The Pillow

“Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you’re feeling a bit low on motivation post-holiday, start with focusing on your sleep schedule. Simply set a reminder on your phone for 9pm every night – at this point, stop what you’re doing (or watching), turn off your screens and prepare for a digital detox. Run a warm bath with plenty of Epsom salts and read a proper book – not a Kindle – in bed.” – Louise Parker

Ditch The Booze

“It’s all too easy to get caught up with summer social drinking and it can be a hard habit to break. Excessive drinking – especially binge drinking – has been linked to weight gain, an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and a suppressed immune system. Give your body a break with alcohol-free fun – try a new gym class, meet friends for coffee or lunch, go to a museum or art gallery or try a cooking class. – Lily Soutter, nutritionist

Make A Plan

“Try writing down a plan for your workout before you hit the gym. If you only have 20 or 30 minutes to dedicate to your workout, you need a plan. To maximise on time, write down your workout either on your phone or on a small card, detailing what you’re going to do and how long it will take.” – Shona Vertue, personal trainer

Watch Portion Sizes

"Go back to your normal eating routine as quickly as you can once you’re home from a holiday. If you feel like you’ve put on a few pounds, try to reduce your portion sizes, carbs and fats and make everything from scratch. Avoid eating out where possible too, so you know exactly what’s going in your food. Commit to your diet and exercise for four weeks and you’ll see results – it’s better to be committed for a longer period of time than short bursts.” – Dalton Wong, Founder of Twenty Two Training

Eat Flaxseed

“Ground flaxseed is your gut's greatest friend – from scraping your colon clean and feeding your good gut bacteria, to getting rid of the bloat. Add two tablespoons to yoghurt or your favourite smoothie in the morning to get your bowels moving, or scatter on pasta to help prevent bloating. Aim to consume around two tablespoons per day – I guarantee you’ll feel lighter in your step within days.” – Karen O’Donoghue, Founder of The Happy Tummy Co

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