Shape Up for NYE: 3 Weeks to Go
And now you’ve three weeks left to look your best by New Year’s Eve. Read on
3 WEEKS TO GO
Focus on: What works for you
Don’t design your health and fitness goals around trending hashtags. What works on Instagram may not necessarily work in real life. Prashanti says, “Figure out what works for you and stick to it. Sure, you read about a new juice cleanse or a ‘100 squats every day’ workout, but it’s best to talk to someone who will help you come up with something that will suit you.”
Fitness routine: Take it up a notch
Now that the groundwork is done, the next step is to take it up a notch. Minacshi says, “If you’ve begun burning fat and boosting muscle mass, build on that.” Sandeep explains that progressive overload is key. Raising the intensity every week is the best way to see results. “Lift heavier weights than you did last week and add 10 minutes of cardio or high-intensity interval training at the end of your strength training workouts,” he says. Ask yourself if your workouts are a little harder than last week’s. If your answer is yes, you’re doing it right.
Diet mantra: Control portions
Moderating your food intake is key when it comes to weight loss and maintenance, says Anandini. Shiny recommends cutting back your grain and sugar intake (including natural sugars found in fruit). The idea is to eat till satiety, and the key is to chew your food thoroughly. “The slower and longer you chew, the more time your brain has to register that you’re full, which leads to lesser consumption,” she says.
Sample meal plan
On waking: Drink a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon, eat up to 8 almonds soaked in water overnight. (Skip almonds during intermittent fasting.)
Breakfast: Have superfood-rich protein shake made of almond milk, 5-6 slices of apple or a fist of mixed berries, a handful of raw spinach, a tablespoon of chia seeds and one tablespoon of hemp protein powder. Add a teaspoon of spirulina or wheatgrass if you want.
Lunch: Stir-fried vegetables with half a cup of millets thrown in.
Dinner: Grilled meat or tofu steak with a side of salad and homemade guacamole.
Snack on: A handful of raw nuts, a piece of raw dark chocolate, eggs, salad sticks served with a homemade yogurt dip and hummus.
Drink: Green tea, black coffee, detox waters like mint- and lime-infused water.
The 101: Intermittent fasting vs skipping carbs
How many times have you heard those words? I’ve tried them both. My metabolism is super stubborn, but what works is when I skip carbs for one meal a day, every day, and do intermittent fasting every alternate day. You’ll find a lot of good and bad things written about both weight loss methods on Internet, but I suggest you try them out and see if they work. How? Skip carbs for dinner every day and every alternate day fast for 13-15 hours between dinner and your next meal. During this fasting period, you’re allowed water, green tea and black coffee, so don’t stress, it’s doable.
Get glowing: It’s time for an at-home facial
By now your skincare routine is in full swing and your skin’s looking happier than it did last week, yes? If your skin is not acting up, add in a weekly at-home facial.
Step 1: Start with a lymphatic drainage facial massage to aid in detoxing and de-puffing. It will boost circulation, help with cell regeneration and give you a mini facelift. (There’s an easy video tutorial on this technique on The Beauty Reel’s YouTube channel.)
Step 2: Move on to your favourite facemask. I pamper myself by layering masks and I make them at home using natural ingredients. Start with the classic bridal mask, made of turmeric powder, gram flour and yogurt, and then work your way to a mask of raw honey and a pinch of nutmeg powder. If DIY is not your forte, try Juicy Chemistry’s Blackhead Buster Face Mask and then Madhulika Nourishing Honey Lep by Forest Essentials.