Part Five of Five: How to stay healthy on your holidays
Now that you're finally heading for the beach, fitness expert Karl Henry says it's vital to maintain your diet and exercise regime at all times
Looking ahead, if you follow our 30-day plan, then in a month your body should be beach-ready. Your stomach will be flatter than ever; the arms will feel toned and you will feel healthy for the first time in years. A big high-five to you!
What you don't want to do is ruin all that hard work by going AWOL on holidays and coming back bloated and lethargic. Firstly, it's important to realise that the 30-day programme is not a quick-fix solution like all the other diets that you have tried.
Rather than dropping food groups and starving your body, over the 30 days you will eat a healthy and sensible low glycemic index diet, replacing high-sugar and high-starch foods with healthy slow-release carbohydrates.
You will replace processed foods with home-cooked meals and eat regularly throughout the day.
The beauty of this type of plan is that you won't get the usual rebound of weight as you haven't really given up anything in the first place.
You don't have the longing for junk food as you have been allowed your favourite foods on your treat day. This is another of the key differences of my plan – it becomes a way of life and a way of living as opposed to something that you do for a few weeks.
In terms of exercise, again the 30 days will lead to a gradual increase in your fitness levels with the exercises getting harder as you get fitter.
While you might be a little sore, there will be no demotivating pain. This means that you get the feel-good endorphins without all the pain, ensuring that you enjoy the exercise experience and increasing the probability that you will keep it up.
So rather than running from the plane, craving all the foods that you have given up, the balanced approach means that you should have even packed your runners as regular exercise has become something that you enjoy!