We all promised that we’ll take it easy on the dinner table come the holidays but not all of us have that iron control when it comes to food. As much as we would like to keep our weight down, it is almost impossible when the holiday parties start with all the good food being served here and there. And now that the parties are dying down, you take stock of the damage the food binge you’ve done and found out that you have gained quite a few pounds. The good news is that removing the excess weight you’ve gained is possible and it can be done by starting with these 8 steps.
Always set realistic goals
As much as you would like to get rid of all the pounds you’ve gained over the holidays in one go, you will be sorely disappointed as it won’t be that easy not to mention downright frustrating if you don’t achieve it at all. A good step to take is to set realistic goals such as losing one to two pounds per week so you will know that you are making significant progress.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast
Those who were able to lose weight after the holidays were those who often have a healthy breakfast. A healthy breakfast may consist of oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, eggs, and the like that will stay in your tummy for hours not to mention supply you with more energy so that you will be more active and focused throughout the day.
Thirst can be easily mistaken as hunger so the next time you feel hunger pangs, you might want to drink some water first. Another tip is to drink water before your meal and while you are eating to help fill up your stomach fast. This will help you eat less so only a few calories will be consumed for your weight loss goals.
Eat more fiber-rich foods
Another way to lose weight after the holidays is to add more fiber-rich foods to your diet. Fiber can help fill your stomach for hours which will minimize your need to eat snacks in between meals. What’s more, fiber can help boost digestion so that you will be able to eliminate any toxins or excess calories fast.
Take it easy on alcoholic drinks
Having a glass of wine or two is okay but anything in excess will be counterproductive to your weight loss goals. Remember that alcoholic beverages contain calories which can also add to your weight so you might want to think twice about grabbing another bottle of beer the next time you’re out with friends.
Of course, if you want to speed up your weight loss goals, you will need to do double time in terms of physical activity. Working out or doing light exercises whenever you can will help you shed those excess pounds off in no time plus, you will get to tone and strengthen your muscles in the process too.
Add some spice to your food
Salsa and other spices can be a stand in for mayo during meal time which, not only will add more flavor to your meals, but it is also less in calorie content.
This might seem counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve but eating often does help you lose weight compared to limiting yourself to three full meals. By eating healthy snacks in between meals, you won’t be eating too much during your lunch and dinner. Plus, if you eat often, your metabolism will stay active for hours so that you will still burn calories in the process.