Time to tackle those extra holiday kilos!

It’s been a few weeks since New Year and those resolutions have almost entirely fallen by the wayside. Beach season is almost upon us again, but having the kind of body you’d want to show off at the beach doesn’t have to be as miserable as you’d think.

Spring has almost sprung again – the days are getting longer and the trousers are getting just a little too tight. The cookies, goose and mulled wine were impossible to resist over Christmas, and time spent on the couch in January could be easily justified with a look at the temperatures outside. But if you want to look good in time for summer and not huff and puff quite so much when going up the stairs, now is the time to get training.

Fad diets and extreme workouts only rarely do the trick – they are difficult to endure and usually only result in massive weight fluctuations. So where to begin? How to overcome the lazy swine that lies inside you?

“It’s extremely important to set goals and to start training slowly”, says Stephanie Weißflog, spa supervisor in the Hotel Palace Berlin. “Otherwise, your motivation will disappear quite quickly and you’ll be back on the couch before you know it.”

Sport and nutrition are equally important

The first step is to find out which sport is the best one for you. There is a wide selection – from team sports with a club, to fitness courses in a gym, to jogging in the park or dancing with a partner. The ideal combination is one that includes strength training, endurance training and flexibility exercises. For example, training on machines can be helpful for building muscle, which in turn burns more calories. Supplement this with an aerobics course for better endurance and yoga for increased flexibility and suddenly you’ve created a perfect and varied training regime.

The right nutrition is imperative to help you get fitter and drop some pounds. The simple fact is that it’s only possible to lose weight when the intake of calories is less than the calories burned. The recipe for long-term success is therefore a combination of sport, nutrition and patience.

Only eat every four hours

It’s a big help to ban all of the unconscious snacking that we indulge in during the day. “It happens so often that we grab a small bar of chocolate, some nuts or some bread to keep us going in the office,” says Stephanie Weißflog. “This keeps our blood sugar level constantly high so we don’t burn any calories.” She advises to leave at least four hours between meals so the body has a chance to process the previous meal. This, however, doesn’t mean you have to starve.

The most important things is to eat consciously and healthily – fewer carbs, more fruit, vegetable and protein. “You do need to be disciplined,” says the Palace employee, “but you should reward yourself for small successes – for example with a trip to the spa or a massage.”

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