5 January Detox Ideas To Shed Winter Weight

After over-indulging during the festive season, January is the perfect time to detox your body and shed the winter weight that has built up over the past few months.

But don’t worry, we’re not going to sprout 5 juice recipes & claim they fill you up, fuel your workouts and help you lose weight. Instead, we’re keeping it real. Take a look at the following 5 January detox ideas that will help shed your winter weight (no starvation or juicing greens involved!).

Say Bye To The Booze

Whether it’s your Friday night binge, Wednesday happy hour or a pint at home after a hard day at work, alcohol is a definite no-go during your detox period. That’s right, we’re not messing. Cut it out. Completely.

In truth, the longer you’re off the booze, the better your training will be. Alcohol can not only dehydrate the body and reduce performance, it alters the way in which the body produces energy. Alcohol prevents the liver producing the maximum amount of glucose and causes the body to work from the body’s fat stores, leading to reduced intensity training sessions and poor co-ordination.

Therefore, why not reap the rewards in the gym and appreciate the buzz from your endorphins? After all, not all PBs need to be followed by a celebratory drink down the pub (we recommend sinking a shaker full of protein rather than larger).

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Sip On Lemon Water

The build-up of eating meat and fatty foods over the Christmas period can lead to a build-up of acid in the body and digestive system.

Controversially, drinking lemon water (water with a piece of fresh lemon in it), perhaps in the morning before breakfast, can help to neutralize the excess acid in the body and detox your system.

This is because once the lemon has metabolized, and spread into the bloodstream, the effects of the citrus fruit are alkalizing on the body, balancing out any over-indulgence on meat and high-fat foods over winter.

Cut Down On Caffeine sci-mx_coffee_tetra_visual-jpg

Although many people consume caffeine periodically for a boost in energy levels, improved concentration and sports performance, we recommend using caffeine in moderation.

There are, of course, a few health benefits to the consumption of caffeine and it is not an essential element to cut out of your diet completely. In fact, it is speculated that tea and coffee have antioxidants to fight free radicals (environmental toxins that can damage body cells).

However, if your serious about a detox, cutting down on caffeine can improve liver function and keep your body hydrated. Cutting out the extra calories from your morning latte, for example, can help you lose weight. If you’re struggling with the idea of removing coffee from your diet completely why not swap from your usual brand to our protein coffee? It has 92% less sugar than a typical iced coffee and has the highest protein serving per drink on the market coming in at 30g.

Cut The Sugary Breakfast

turkey-burgersAthlete Claire Aves recommends cutting the sugary cereal breakfasts & opting for protein. ‘This may be hard to start with – you may feel low on energy but remember you are providing your body with energy from fats instead of carbs. Without carbs in your body, you will use the fats and protein stores as energy which will be burning calories and unwanted fat’. Claire loves cod or lean turkey for breakfast, anything to keep the fats down.

Up The Intensity

When you feel fit and less lethargic after Christmas, it is time to up the intensity on your weight training for the ultimate calorie-burning activity.

If you are looking to lose fat, then you need to burn more calories than you consume. Think HIIT sessions, sweat and gritted teeth. High-intensity interval training not only releases a huge amount of exercise endorphins, it will help you burn the most calories, provided the effort is there.

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Or course, there is no general rule as to how many calories you burn as an individual but incorporate hard hill REPS, HIIT treadmill sessions and high-intensity weight sessions in your training programme and you’ll reach your target weight sooner than you’d think this January.

Take caution not to bring on an injury early in the year though. Rest days and rest weeks are still an essential element of your fitness regime as well as recovery supplements to take into the New Year.

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