It’s easy to let healthy eating and workouts slip down your list of priorities when you're on holiday. This tends to happen because the triggers for healthy habits (like your favourite 6am gym alarm) can go missing from your routine. Getting back to a healthy way of life post holiday can be tough - but the sooner you do it, the easier it will be. These five simple tips will help.
Schedule your workouts
Habit psychology tells us you’re more likely to carry out a healthy behaviour if you’ve planned it. In other words, if it isn’t scheduled, it won’t happen. Grab your diary and schedule your workouts for the week, then set an action plan to make sure it happens, such as packing your trainers the night before or making plans to meet a friend for a run. You could also use the power of consequences to motivate yourself. You're much less likely to bail if you have to pay for a skipped class. Sounds like tough love, but it works.
Get back and track
The easiest and most powerful thing you can do to get your eating back on track is to keep a food diary. Studies show that dieters who track their food can lose twice as much weight as those who don't. It cuts eating amnesia, helps you refocus and gets you back on track - fast.
Start your day a high protein breakfast
If you’re struggling with cravings after a holiday, a high protein breakfast can help. Protein switches on satiety and puts the brakes on hunger hormones, meaning the mid-morning munchies are a thing of the past. Around 30g of protein is ideal - a single serving of any of our superfood protein blends will tick this box - simply mix with water or almond milk, and even a handful of frozen fruits, for a speedy on-the-go breakfast.
Bin the booze
We all know alcohol is high in calories but that’s not the only way it can sabotage good intentions. It triggers hunger, slaps down sleep quality and increases production of galanin, a brain chemical which increases cravings for fatty foods. Give yourself a two-week booze ban and see your good intentions snap back into place.
Balmy holiday evenings are blissful, but nipping late nights in the bud will benefit your body. Tiredness increases hunger hormones and studies show sleepy brains are more drawn to junk food.
Work out how many hours rest you need (for most of us, seven to eight is ideal) then work backwards, and make sure you’re in bed half an hour before this time - for extra points turn your electronic devices off, as the light from them interferes with the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. If you need some extra energy, try The Energy Booster – a pre or intra-workout supplement that’s developed to help you get the most out of your workouts and snap you out of that post-holiday slumber.