How can I lose weight after the festive season?

Saturday, 23 January 2016

I overindulged this festive season and put on a few extra kilos. How can I lose weight and keep healthy without depriving myself and counting every calorie?


Health expert, Dr Graham Duncombe from Skin & Body Renewal, responds:

“I think most of us are guilty of overindulging a bit over the festive season. Shaking those extra kilos can be tough, especially when the stress of going back to work kicks in. There are some basic guidelines that may be helpful. Make sure that you are getting enough good quality sleep. Sleeping less than 8 hours per night will make it much harder for you to lose weight and may actually contribute to weight gain. Exercise is the fastest way to start burning away that extra fat and get you back on track. Any good cardiovascular exercise such as walking, running, cycling or swimming will do the trick. Start with 30 minutes 3 times per week and work your way up from there. Make sure that you are drinking at least 2 litres of clean, filtered water per day. Cut out all refined carbohydrates like bread, pastries, pasta and baked goods as well as all refined sugars. Reducing portion sizes is also very effective. We tend to eat too large portions of food. Eat slowly, chew your food well and stop eating the moment that you are full. There are also several nutritional supplements which can assist with weight loss such as Green Tea extracts, Green Coffee Bean, Cinnamon extract and Hoodia. If you are unsure about supplementation, make an appointment with one of our Health Renewal doctors for expert guidance.”

Ask Dr Duncombe your health-related questions here.

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  1. Chandni Jivan

    Water helps a lot throughout the year. When it’s festive season it’s always hard to drink enough water but I think we should try to drink at least 1 litre if not 2 litres

    2 years ago •

  1. Yolanda Milne

    I am soo sick of these articles of how to LOSE weight, have they ever thought about how to do an article on how to GAIN healthy weight, as I am a petite lady and not by choice, I am 23 years old and have never got past the weight of 65kgs, its quite irritating to be so small and everyone always comment on how small and thin you are.. any tips on how to gain healthy weight would be appreciated

    3 years ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    Hi, totally agree with the experts here, lots of water helps a lot too.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nomali Dhlamini

    Hi, I would really agree with what the expert has just said. I lost a lot of weight as well through running. losing weight is not easy but with the correct exercises and the right mind set you can do it.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM


    4 years ago •


    Great article! Very good advice!

    4 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    Gyming is the way to go, although I find it extremely difficult to lose the belly. I’ve seen a difference last year when I stopped drinking sodas, all the dirty habits came back on holiday!

    4 years ago •

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