If you're like the majority of the population, you stepped on the scale this morning and didn't like what you saw...
Holiday weight gain. Most claim it's inevitable.
With the plethora of cookies, candy, ham, turkey, and wine, it takes a special sort of discipline to not overindulge in holiday overeating!
Now that Thanksgiving and Christmas are officially over, it's time to get back on track. I'm sure many will have some type of new year's resolution related to losing weight or health, but why wait until January 1st to start?
Here are five tips to get rid of your "holiday hangover," and get a head start on your health and fitness goals for 2013!
1) Quit feeling guilty.
You ate until you had a stomach ache. You consumed more wine in a few nights than the French drink in a month. You had not one, but three pieces of pumpkin pie....
Forget about it! Erase it from your memory. If you don't remember it, it never happened, right?
The first step in getting back on track after the holidays is to get rid of feeling guilty for falling off the "healthy" bandwagon. Feeling guilty about your holiday activities won't change them. Plus, how much fun was it to enjoy breaking bread with family and friends? (even if you ate the entire loaf)
2) Make a plan.
"Failing to plan is planning to fail."
Figure out your health and fitness goals. Write them down. Then, figure out the best way to achieve these goals. Whether it's creating your own workout or paying for personal training sessions, having a plan of attack will help you stay on track post-holidays.
3) Start a "lifestyle," not a "diet."
I really dislike the word "diet." Every time I hear the word "diet," I think of a strict eating plan consisting of lettuce and carrots. Unless your Peter Rabbit, that sounds terrible.
Rather than going on a "diet" and restricting yourself of the foods you enjoy, make a LIFESTYLE change; reduce your portions, drink one less soda per day, substitute fruits and vegetables for processed foods, etc.
How often do you hear someone say, "I'm going on a diet for eight weeks to lose 20lbs."
What does this person do after the eight weeks and 20 lb loss?
Go back to eating like they did before and gain all the weight back?
Even if they are able to "diet" longer than the eight weeks planned, they will eventually get sick of restricting themselves of foods they love and go back to their previous lifestyle.
"Diets" have an end date. "Lifestyle changes" do not.
4) Restock the refrigerator and food pantry
I blame my lack of self-discipline during the holidays on the easy access of delicious food.
Who in their right mind walks by the dessert table without grabbing a cookie (or three)?
Restocking your kitchen with healthy food (aka getting rid of the cookies, desserts, etc.) will reduce the temptation to indulge. Obviously, you don't want to get rid of ALL the foods you enjoy, but making them harder to get to can make a difference!
5) Drink more water.
Typically over the holidays, our only interaction with water is after using the bathroom. Research has shown that those who drink more water are typically slimmer. This isn't a "correlation does not imply causation" type thing either; studies have proven higher water consumption during "dieting" increases weight loss when compared to those who didn't drink significant amounts of water.
Drinking more water is one of my new year's resolutions. I recommend you make it one of yours too.
Consistency is the key. Changes won't happen overnight. Forget about the holiday weight gain, create a plan of attack, and then put it into action.
Make it happen.