The holidays can be a time of over-abundance of food, cocktails, and late nights. And all of this over-abundance can be a recipe for a whole lot of weight gain and bloating. After all the hoopla starts to wane and the food doesn’t taste so sweet, you may be asking yourself, “how do I get back on track quickly?” It goes on so quickly, so how can you get it off quickly? With these tips, you can start to feel results in as little as 48 hours!
- Make weekly goals/plans to reframe binge mindset. It is easy to get stuck in the mindset of eating whatever you want, whenever you want. Tis the season, right? But quickly you may notice that after the holidays are over, you start to crave those foods even after you know that it is time to get back on track. Getting in the habit of binging is much easier than getting back in the habit of sticking to your healthy eating plan. But, the human brain is motivated by goals and rewards. This is exactly why writing down weekly goals and meal plans helps you to stay committed to your healthy eating plan. You can plan for busy days or when you don’t feel like cooking. You can plan for splurges. And, you can plan when it is time to brush your teeth and close down the kitchen.
- Cut out the white stuff. Cut out the white flours —bread, bagels, pasta, crackers — and sugars. When your body isn’t used to the extra salt and sugar, it holds on to a lot of water. Once you get rid of that water weight, your energy levels come back up. Even better news — You’ll start to feel a difference in less than 48 hours!
- Take 1/3rd off. When you eat dinner out, reduce the temptation to clean your plate by setting aside one-third of your meal. Ask the server for a doggie bag, and take it home for lunch the next day. Try serving yourself one-third less at home too. This simple tactic could subtract more than 500 calories a day. You can also vow to eat off of a smaller plate that will only fit a smaller portion size.
- Get your body moving. The extent of your movement during the holidays may have been limited to raising your fork, but it’s important to get moving now. Exercise not only burns calories but also puts you in a positive mind-set, which can help you make smarter food choices. Exercise can also be excellent for stress-reduction and calming the nervous system.
- Hit the bottle. The water bottle, that is. Most of the time we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. In addition to helping you feel fuller, water also helps flush out the bad stuff you’ve been eating as you transition back to a healthier lifestyle.
Keep your perspective — all the overindulgence may take a little longer to take off than it took to put on. But, with consistency of the above tips, you can see results quicker and with less effort than if you took drastic efforts of losing weight. You got this!
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