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31st Mar 2018

Chocolate overload? 5 easy ways to avoid the Easter weight-gain

You can do it!

Trine Jensen-Burke

Easter can be really tough for anyone trying to lose weight.

Or trying to stay on track having made an effort lately to get in shape.

We all know that Easter Sunday (a 24hr chocolate session) isn’t the easiest of days to stick to a nutritional plan. Diet rules fall by the wayside, overindulging in chocolate happens and you wake up feeling miserable because you fell off the wagon.

But, guys – if you want to enjoy Easter but avoid weight gain, we have chatted to the experts at Motivation Weight Management and rounded up  five tried and tested tips to help you stay on track.

1. Don’t panic

Don’t relive the slippery slope from the year before, where you abandoned your efforts and piled on the pounds over Easter, expanding your waistline and zapping your confidence. Re-living such experiences in your mind will only exacerbate feelings of guilt and doubt that this year can be better.

2. Visualisation

Instead of thinking about your next chocolate egg move, immerse yourself in the powerful technique of visualisation. How you will look and feel as the weather gets warmer, summer approaches and you enjoy feeling energised, confident and fabulous in your best summer outfits?

3. Banish the guilt with a healthy alternative

We’re all about the homemade healthy sweets this weekend so If you’re having people over or going to a family gathering, know that there are healthy options available.

4. Water, water, water…

According to experts, the key to success with any weight loss programme is staying hydrated. “Water is particularly important when you’re trying to achieve a healthy weight loss, as it improves the digestive system so that fats are eliminated from the body more efficiently,” explains Aisling Connolly from Motivation Weight Management.

“It also reduces fluid retention and decreases the appetite.”

5. Be prepared, not deprived

Who said Easter had to equate to only chocolate? Why not arrange a hill walk with amazing scenery, egg painting for the kids or exchange non-edible gifts for the adults. Dark chocolate is a better option for you too and this is easily balanced with a nice walk or reducing carbohydrate at the next meal. Moderation is key to success for weight loss.