Shape Up for NYE: 4 Weeks to Go
You’ve four weeks to shape up and look your best by New Year’s Eve, and that’s plenty of time. The fitness and beauty regime we’ve put together will show you how, says Ishika Sachdev
You have four weeks to New Year’s Eve. Your sexiest Gaurav Gupta gown has been dry-cleaned, your Jimmy Choos have been broken into, and your latest purchase –a pair of gorgeous Isharya earrings – has just arrived. Your outfit’s on point, but is your body?
In preparation for 2015’s best night out, we consulted a multitude of beauty, health and fitness experts – from a YouTube sensation to a CrossFit guru – on how to get glowing and fit. Ready to kick your get-gorgeous efforts into overdrive? The countdown is on!
4 WEEKS TO GO
Focus on: Laying down the groundwork
Drawing up a plan, sticking to it and figuring out how to sustain it is the goal this week.
Fitness routine: Get moving
Sandeep Achanta, co-founder and head coach at Strength System, says, “If you’re already exercising, start raising the intensity of your workouts. If you don’t exercise, get started!” Your fitness routine needs to focus on burning fat mass while building muscle mass, stresses sports nutritionist Minacshi Pettukola.
So what exactly should you be doing? “If you’ve always been doing cardio, switch it up a little – lift some weights and see how much of a difference it can make. If you already have ‘leg day’ and ‘chest day’, incorporate compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, push-ups, bench presses and pull-ups,” suggests Prashanti Ganesh, co-founder and head coach at Strength System.
Diet mantra: Eliminate bad foods
Anandini Swaminathan, dietician and founder of blog, Confessions Of A Dietitian, says, “Removing foods that don’t enhance your health is a good way to begin. Cut down on (if possible, eliminate) fried foods, refined sugars and processed food.” Shiny Chandran, a sports nutritionist who is part of the International Olympics Committee, stresses on drinking at least three to four litres of water daily, upping protein intake and getting a good night’s sleep. “The easiest way to up your protein is with a protein-rich breakfast of eggs, eaten within two hours of waking up,” she says. Ideally, sleep “no later than 10 pm,” but since that’s close to impossible in today’s late-night-Snapchat-binge era we’ll put it this way: get seven hours of sleep.
Sample meal plan
Breakfast: 2 whole-egg omelette with a slice of seeded bread (gluten-free toast if you want to go the extra mile).
Lunch: A cup of lentils, a bowl of vegetables and half a cup of brown rice or roti.
Dinner: Stir-fried vegetables like broccoli, asparagus and mushroom with grilled paneer or meat.
Snack on: A handful of raw nuts, berries, a cup of yogurt, a piece of raw dark chocolate (try Earth Loaf’s Smoked Salt & Almond Raw Chocolate Bar).
Drink: Green tea, black coffee, detox waters like cucumber-infused water.
The 101: Prep and plan
Decision fatigue is a big reason why people fail when it comes to making good nutrition choices. Prashanti says, “Set aside some time on Sundays to prep and plan your meals and snacks. This way, you don’t have an excuse to order in unhealthy meals.”
Get glowing: Keep it simple
Start a customized skincare routine. Be diligent and consistent. If you’ve had too much red wine and can’t fathom taking off your make-up, imagine your face as a clogged drainpipe pleading to be cleaned (gross but works every time!).
This routine works best for my normal-combination skin type:
- Wipe off
- Give a boost