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Get back in shape in a month!

By Brinda Sapat
January 04, 2016 14:30 IST
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Here's an easy to follow post-binge fitness plan to detox and shed the fat in 4 weeks.

How to get back in shape

So you have made the most of the festivities, enjoyed the drinks, glorious foods and the fun times?

Now you are left with a horrible few extra kilograms and a sluggish body. Let's get you into repair mode!

First, know that you will knock off the weight by the end of the month if you follow this plan closely.

Second, you need to then put it out of your mind. Yes, you heard right, do your hard work and leave the rest to time... confidently!

Cleanse your stomach

A couple of weeks of rich food indulgences and erratic eating timings have left your stomach and body in a mess.

It's time to move it all out with good fibre and roughage; and then nourish yourself with high quality light foods that your body will relish.

Green leaf salad

Photograph: Russell James Smith/Creative Commons

Here's a party recovery diet for you:

Breakfast

  • Oats/muesli with skimmed milk
  • Fruit of choice
  • Light tea/coffee

Mid-morning

  • Handful of nuts
  • Fruit juice/smoothie

Lunch

  • Whole grain sandwich with low fat filling of veggies OR chapatti and vegetables

Evening snack

  • Light tea/coffee
  • Light yoghurt with fruit

Dinner
(Eat your dinner at least 3 hours before bed time)

  • Chicken/fish/lentils and pulses lightly cooked
  • 1 serving of wholegrain bread/ whole wheat pasta/rice/chapatti
  • Salad

Now that you have made your tummy happy, it is time to shake off the all the unwanted fat.

Exercise mode

Set aside 30 minutes 6 days a week for a brisk walk/jog/run. Pop in your favourite music, gear up and off you go, no matter what time of day it is. No excuses, this has to be done!

Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar

Photograph: Tribesports/Creative Commons

Practice Surya Namaskar 6 days a week too. Start with as many as you can and add 2 more every day. 

After a few days, start varying the speed. Do 2 slow, holding every position for 3 breaths, then do 4 fast, 2 slow, 4 fast and so on. This gives you a double advantage of full body muscle tone and fat burn.

How to do the Surya Namaskar:

  • Stand with your hands in prayer position at your chest
  • Reach your arms up overhead and bend slightly backwards looking up
  • Bend your hips and knees while keeping the arms up
  • Lower your upper body till it is parallel to the floor
  • Place both your hands on the floor
  • Step back all the way with your right leg
  • Take the left leg back next
  • Lower your body to the floor
  • Pull up your upper body into Cobra position
  • Next raise your hips all the way up into an inverted V or Downward Dog
  • Step your right leg forward
  • Step your left leg forward
  • Get your hands off the floor in table top position
  • Raise your torso and arms up
  • Then come up to standing
  • Lower the arms to your chest

Please note: This fitness plan is for those who are not on a diet or exercise regime. If you already are on one, please consult your trainer or dietician to guide you as per your individual needs.

Please consult your doctor before beginning this fitness plan.

Also See

Get fit with Surya Namaskar

10 reasons why Surya Namaskar is good for you

Lead image used for representational purposes only. Image: Helga Weber/Creative Commons 

 

 

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