If you gained weight during the holidays, you’re not alone. It’s an easy thing to do with all the parties, tempting treats, and delicious meals. Here are six tips for losing weight you may have gained during the holidays.
Increase your water consumption
During the holidays you may have enjoyed a lot of specialty coffee drinks as well as alcoholic drinks. While delicious and festive, they aren’t exactly low in calories. Now that the holidays are over you should make water your drink of choice. Not only is it free of calories, but water will help to keep you full and therefore consume fewer calories.
Whether you had a workout routine before the holidays or not, now is the perfect time to get active. Even if you only start by going for a 30-minute walk each day, you will start to burn calories and improve your stamina and metabolism. As time goes on you may decide to start running or hitting the gym. If you had a routine prior to the holidays, pick up where you left off.
Eat proper portions
During the holidays it’s not uncommon to eat more than you normally would. There are so many temptations and it’s hard to say no. Now that you’re ready to shed any weight you may have put on, it’s time to get back to eating proper portions. Make sure you fill at least half of your plate with fruits and veggies. If you decide to go for seconds, wait at least twenty minutes before doing so and drink a glass of water.
Don’t crash diet
You might be so eager to drop weight after the holidays that you skip meals and snacks altogether. This is a bad idea as your metabolism will slow down and you won’t burn calories as fast. If you don’t eat enough, you also won’t get the nutrients and fiber that also play a role in weight loss. In fact, you may even notice weight gain if you stop eating because your body will begin to store fat as it thinks it’s in starvation mode.
Give away holiday leftovers
If you’re left with a lot of leftovers from the holidays, pass them on to friends and family. The best solution is to send your guests home with leftovers so they’re aren’t around to tempt you in the days to come. If you do find yourself stuck with leftovers, portion them out and freeze them to have for dinners and lunches in the future.
Reduce sugar intake
Sugar causes weight gain as well as a number of other health issues including depression, high blood pressure, and it may lead to cancer. Over the holidays you probably indulged in sugary treats more than normal. Don’t go cold turkey and cut out all sugar at once. If you have a sweet tooth, this is an impossible feat anyway. Replace desserts with fruits. If you drink sodas, try to break the habit. By reducing sugar intake, you will automatically begin to lose weight.
Losing holiday weight doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you adopt healthy lifestyle habits again (or for the first time), that weight is going to fall right off.