With just over a month until Christmas hits, and all of the social commitments that come along with it, Aussies are looking for ways to turbocharge their weight loss journeys.
Dr. Vincent Candrawinata, (affectionately known as Dr. Vincent), the world’s foremost expert on phenolic antioxidants and founder of Renovatio, has compiled a list of tips for getting your party looks on for the festive season.
“The easiest and best way to get in shape and achieve a healthy body weight – and has always been – is to employ general healthy-living strategies,” Dr. Vincent said.
“But the good news is, there are ways you can accelerate things. You just have to know how!”
So, what actionable, easy steps does Dr. Vincent recommend for boosting your confidence come Christmas time?
Drop a few kilos
Losing a couple of extra kilograms doesn’t have to look like 5 am cross-fit classes and hours on the treadmill. While we all agree it is admirable that some people put themselves through that torture, for the rest of us, there are more civilized ways of getting into shape.
“On top of all of the other benefits of regular exercises, such as improved cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, and controlling body weight, research has revealed that people who exercise are overall happier people. Exercise promotes increased production of endorphins, which make us feel good,” Dr. Vincent said.
“Exercise is a natural mood-booster! When we feel our best, we look our best too, so get those endorphins pumping by simply moving more.”
- Walk around every hour
- Engage in some high-intensity low impact exercise every day. This is all you need to do to get the metabolism going and keep the flame burning high afterward
- When shopping, park your car far away from the entrance
“If there is anything that lockdown has proven, it is that you do not need a gym to tone up your physique. Incorporating basic toning exercises into your daily routine is an easy way to see results. Use objects around the home and work them while you are doing basic chores,” Dr Vincent added.
According to Dr. Vincent, some easy exercises to tone up in time for the Christmas season include:
- Doing arm lifts with your milk bottles in the morning when making coffee or with your saucepans when making dinner at night
- Doing lunges while vacuuming
- Doing some tummy crunches before you go to bed
- Doing push-ups while playing with the dog
Improve your skin
According to Dr. Vincent, a lot of people forget to take adequate care of the largest organ in our body – our skin.
“The state of our skin is the part of our body that most people take note of during any interaction, so improving it should be a key focus in the lead up to the festive season,” Dr Vincent said.
“The condition of your skin can be directly linked to what you’re consuming regularly.”
- Drink more water
- Cut fried and processed foods out of your diet
- Cleanse and moisturise your skin morning and night
- Make sure you get a sweat up when you exercise
Increase your energy levels
“It is common for your diet not to deliver your body with all the micronutrients and antioxidants it needs – supplements can be the answer and have beneficial effects on your energy levels. The festive season can often lead to an increase in poor lifestyle choices that may harm energy levels; in particular the impact of alcohol, stress, processed foods, lack of sleep, and smoking,” Dr. Vincent said.
“Our whole body is made up of cells. Activated Phenolics are powerful antioxidants that neutralise a wide range of free radicals to protect your cells from infection and inflammation, and promote increased energy levels.
“Activated Phenolics may also increase energy levels meaning you have more energy to move and exercise which helps to lose weight.”
Eat foods that will help you burn more fat
“Every superhero has a sidekick – in the lead up to this festive season, drinking caffeinated green or black tea can be your fat-burning sidekick,” Dr. Vincent said.
“Research has proven that drinking these warm beverages can help you burn the excess fat that you wouldn’t necessarily see drop in the gym,” Dr Vincent.
- Drink green or black caffeinated tea and caffeinated coffee
- Add peppers to your meal ingredients
- Ditch the condiments, they are usually full of sugar and/or oil
Renovatio Bioscience extracts phenolics from Australian apples and activates them to produce turbocharged health and wellness products that are available throughout Australia, online and through retailers such as Woolworths, and in many other countries across the globe.