As Malaysia continues to embrace the multiversity of the country, it seems as though we have learned to embrace more than just each other’s culture. Food, the most important element that has unified us thus far brings us to our case, we tend to feast on festivity foods throughout the year. We understand and also are as guilty in the action of binge eating during Chinese New Year, but it is more important to flush it out of our system to keep us fit and healthy.
Here are some small and easy dietary tips that can help you to achieve your post-Chinese New Year goals.
1) Drink Warm Water
Warm water is one of the best drinks to consume post-Chinese New Year as it offers zero calories and it brings an abundance of benefits. It also helps to soothe your throat and boost your metabolism which will increase the fat-burning process. Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to your first glass of warm water in the morning in order to flush out the toxins from your system and jumpstart your metabolism.
2) Stay away from sweet and high-calorie food
It may be tempting to reach out to those leftover meat jerkies (bakkwa), muruku, kuih kapit and other Chinese New Year cookies, but you must stay away from it to keep those calories in the count. Instead, opt for low-calorie warm drinks and dishes like cinnamon with warm water, saffron with milk or black pepper and turmeric milk.
3) Cut Out Alcohol
Chinese New Year is a happy season where family and friends gather for a happy occasion therefore alcohol will always be a part of the celebration. But the discipline to avoid alcohol at all costs post-festivity should take place too. Give your liver a break and cut out alcohol from your diet as it may lead to weight gain due to poor food choices. Moreover, a number of cocktails also contain high-calorie mixers and sugary syrups that can increase body fat and body weight.
4) Eat Earlier in the Day
Holidays mean that a lot of people like to sleep in, leading to erratic meal timings. But if you are looking to lose that Chinese New Year weight, it is important you eat as early as possible in the day and stay away from high-calorie or high-carb foods at night. You may want to finish your dinner before 7 pm and have a small healthy snack like a handful of almonds or some low-calorie soup, in case you feel hungry at night.
5) Stock Up on Fruits and Vegetables
Include as many vegetables and fruits as you can in your meals. Stock up on low-calorie and negative-calorie vegetables and work them into your meals in order to stay full for longer and to load up on essential nutrients and vitamins.
6) Consume Whey Protein to Speed Up Metabolism
There are many benefits to whey protein other than muscle building. Whey protein is low in calories and can also increase metabolism which will expedite fat burning. Moreover, you can pair it with amino shred which contains a non-stimulant fat burning effect to speed up the process.
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