You may feel bloated up until now and you’re tempted to skip a few meals just to compensate for the things you ate during the holidays. Whether if it was healthy food or not, we’re guilty of eating more than our usual portions during the holidays. But you shouldn’t beat yourself up for this weight gain because it’s definitely reversible and you can always do something about it.
Keeping your holiday leftovers in the fridge will cause you to keep on eating the things that just made you gain weight. Plus the fact that you’re trying to consume the leftovers as soon as possible before it goes stale, it will cause you to eat more instead of less. Let everyone have their take-home! Distribute all those food to your family and friends in healthy portions. (You don’t want to let them be unhealthy while you’re on your way to a healthier journey, right?)
Whether you like it or not, exercising or a few minutes of walking around can burn all those calories that you ate. If you can’t fit a full-on exercise routine into your day, just make sure that you move around more. Whether it’s going up and down the stairs twice as much, a little stretching here and there while cooking, or dancing while you’re in the shower, just get yourself moving! Don’t settle for any kind of excuse to keep you going. The more excuses you make for yourself, the more you’ll be less motivated to go back to a healthy lifestyle.
Water can help your body flush out the bad stuff you ate during the holidays, making it easier for you to transition back to a healthy lifestyle. According to scientific studies, thirst can sometimes be mistaken for hunger. So before you munch down on something, drink water first. Drinking can also make you feel full, so experts suggest that you drink a glass of water before you sit down for a meal. Plus, staying hydrated has a lot of benefits to your body. From clearer skin to a healthy digestion, you can never go wrong with chugging on water.
Small & Frequent
Don’t starve yourself. It will make you hungrier and you’ll end up eating more than what you set your goals on. The key is to eat small but frequent meals. This can help you curb your appetite, boost your mood and energy levels. It can even speed up your metabolism because the process of digestion burns calories!
As easy as it was to gain a few pounds for a few days of overeating, it may take weeks, months or years to lose the pounds depending on your body mass and motivation. Be patient and don’t give up on your goals. Add a little consistency too and sooner or later, you’ll be back to your old self.
Set Realistic Goals
Just like any other goal, you need to take it in stride. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment! Make a weekly checklist that you know you can manage and make sure that you can cross all of it out within the day or week. Always be positive and believe in yourself that you’ll get there.