Imagine though, if I told you that you can, in fact, have your Easter chocolate and still lose weight. Sound too good to be true?
EASTER and chocolate are not generally spoken about in terms of weight loss. For most of us, all diet rules fall by the wayside at this time of year as we readily overindulge in all Easter has to offer. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT an occasional chocolate Easter egg or hot cross bun that generates weight gain over a short period of time. Rather, it is the binge eating of excessive amounts of chocolate, mega-sized choc chip HOT CROSS BUNS with lashings of butter and extra celebratory foods that we overeat at Easter – just because it is Easter.
So if your goal is to keep losing weight over the Easter holiday period…
All you need to do is control your calorie intake and enjoy a controlled portion of chocolate as part of your regular daily calorie intake. Or to make it even easier, follow these simple steps.
1) Enjoy a protein-rich breakfast
The Lady Shake is the perfect start with 28 grams of Protein. Because loading up with 28g of protein at breakfast on the Easter holiday days will help to control your appetite and calorie intake throughout the day. In addition, keeping your calories at just 204 at breakfast will free some extra calories for a chocolate budget later in the day.
Other breakfast combos that fit this description include an omelet packed with vegetables, High protein Greek yoghurt with berries, a breakfast shake with some milk, fruit and protein powder or a small original hot cross bun with a thin spread of butter.
2) Control your portion size
Where possible, look for portion controlled treats — small individual eggs rather than an entire bag of minis and a packet of buns to share rather than just to keep at home. Go for quality over quantity!
When it comes to the big family dinners or lunches – remember to keep your portions reasonable and don’t over-eat.
3 ) Skip the snacks
Extra holiday treats mean that you do not need to eat as frequently and are much better to limit your eating occasions to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not only are you likely to feel hungrier for meals and enjoy a substantial meal but it also pulls out 300-400 calories each day that you can spend on your chocolate treats.
4) Think light salads for lunch
In an attempt to keep your calorie intake controlled, ideally we need at least two light 300 calorie meals per day which translates to a big salad for lunch with lean protein. Smoked salmon, prawns, tuna or chicken breast are all options that will offer 20g of filling protein at lunch, with fewer calories than most popular lunch options.
5) Move your body
This goes without saying, you have more time so there is no excuse not to move more. Schedule in at least one walk each day over the Easter break or monitor your total daily steps with the goal of reaching at least 10 000 – 12 000 steps per day. This number of steps is roughly equal to 40-60 minutes of walking throughout the day or a 400-600 extra calorie burn per day.
6) Keep the chocolate to a treat
Once you’ve followed the tips above, you are left with 300 extra calories to enjoy a daily chocolate treat.
A small 100g bunny contains almost double this so the key is to keep your portions controlled, Five to seven mini eggs, half a small bunny, or three to four small individual chocolates will allow you to enjoy some Easter treats, albeit portion-controlled ones, without derailing from your weight loss goals.