Future Voices: A tiny bit too much chocolate over Easter? We’re all guilty of it

Future Voices: An example of a healthy snack

Future Voices: An example of a healthy snack - Credit: Archant

How much chocolate have you eaten over Easter? A couple of eggs? A few more than a couple of eggs? Don't worry, you're not alone.

Most of us are guilty of eating that tiny bit more than we should have done. Also, most of us have been dreading the consequences of an overindulgence. But don't let that ruin the build up to summer, instead follow these tips on how to get back on track to a healthier you, before the tempting treats burdened you.

Not everyone has the time to do extreme exercise every day, so these tips are about less intense methods to lose the pounds fairly easily. You'll barely have to change your schedule.

1) When you go food shopping, replace the typically unhealthy snacks in your basket with healthier ones, such as fruit or nuts. They'll still fill you up when you're peckish, but won't affect your body badly.

2) Go on a brisk walk once a day or every other day. This is something you can do on your own, or with your family, at any time of day, and you'd be surprised how good it is for you! At only 3mph you can burn around 251 calories, which is only about 40 calories less than running.

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3) Slow down your eating. It takes your brain 20 minutes to register that it is full, so the faster you eat, the more likely you are to go past the point where you are full without realising. This is an easy way to lose weight without having to change anything that you are eating.

These easy tips will hopefully help to get you back in to shape after a chocolate-filled Easter. No need to bother with challenging diets, just do simple things that will make a difference to your body and your confidence.

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Alice Wilson, Wymondham College

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