5 tips for getting back in shape 

Elena Casiraghi - Eqipe Enervit

Many of us want to get back into shape and feel good with themselves. Overconsuming throughout certain periods of the year may have done a lot to compromise our physical fitness. Feelings of bloating, poor mental clarity and, last but not least, fatigue, which hits us as soon as we wake up, indicate that the time has come to revisit our wellbeing.

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Getting back in shape is a gift we give ourselves; it’s a good intention with an advantage that goes beyond our outward appearance. Through targeted, positive strategies, we can train for our wellbeing and adopt a new routine to take with us over the long run. So, if you're thinking about how to take action to lose weight or regain your wellbeing, here are some simple and practical tips.

1. Adopt a lifestyle, not a diet

Practice a daily plan in which balanced nutrition and exercise become two constants. Adopt a routine of positive habits. In less than three weeks they will become your new lifestyle. Be flexible with yourself. Give yourself a small indulgence once a week or a full day off if you exercise every day.

2. Get the right amount of protein

Every time you eat, remember to include a lean source of protein. These nutrients will stimulate satiety the moment you eat and in the hours that follow. There's more. Getting the right amount of protein throughout the day is also critical to maintaining your muscle tone.

3. Never skip breakfast, snacks, or meals

Protein-rich shortbread, snacks, and meal replacements can help you both at home and on-the-go. Have you tried Enervit Protein? Among the many options that are rich in protein and fibre, gluten-free, 100% plant-based and have an original taste, you can find the ones that are right for you, such as Protein Shortbread Extra Dark, Protein Snack with orange peel, or the practical meal replacements, just to name a few.

4. Animal or vegetable protein: the choice is yours

Nature offers us a wide range of low-fat foods that contain protein. There are those of animal origin, such as cow's milk, or those of vegetable origin that come from soy, wheat, and cocoa. In the case of the latter, in order to maximize their absorption by the body, it’s essential to know how to combine them, such as mixing proteins from soy, wheat, and cocoa.

5. Breathe and relax

Oxygen is our body's primary nutrient, and how we breathe matters. Give yourself at least three breaks during the day where you can be with your self-awareness and your positive thoughts. Inhale counting to five and exhale counting to five again. If you can, practice continuously for five minutes. It relieves anxiety and stress and recharges us with new energy.

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6. Eliminate non-essentials

Always start your main meals with a good portion of seasonal vegetables, continue with a low-fat protein source and end with an adequate portion of whole grains. Avoid sugars and disadvantageous fats such as animal fats. For seasoning choose the best fat: extra virgin olive oil.