• Ciaran O’Connell

Recovering from the Easter blow out

A few things are certain in life.

  1. Death

  2. Taxes

  3. Over-consuming chocolate at Easter

How can we recover from becoming the chocolate ball we gorged ourselves on?

The answer isn’t to kick ourselves about it and starve for the next 5 days. Firstly, it’s ridiculous to be upset over enjoying some chocolate and food during a time where it is encouraged. Secondly, starving yourself is only ever going to end up in a relapse of even more food than before.

Adjust your food based intake on how much you’ve eaten is the best way to manage an excess of calories in the form of an Easter egg.

Let’s say that your maintenance calories are 2,000. You had 3,000 calories on Easter Sunday. Now for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday all you have to do is eat at 1,800 calories instead. What that does is adjusts for the extra 1,000 calories over consumed by chocolate. You’re still eating close to your normal calories and will have not gone over your calories for the week as a whole.

It can help to think of calorie targets as weekly goals, not daily. Doing so allows you to spread the cost of calories and account for ‘overindulgent’ days like a Friday or weekend.

Don’t give yourself a hard time over some extra chocolate. Sure, you’ll feel a bit sick now, but head of for a walk, be proactive with your activity levels, manage those calories, and start your exercise regime.

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