So you’ve indulged in too many Christmas sweets this past holiday season and you step on the scale to see that Santa also gave you a few extra pounds for Christmas. Don’t fret it, gaining a couple of pounds over the holidays can easily be overcome. Read on for tips on how to get rid of those holiday pounds.
Put the chocolate away
Since the holidays are over, there are less get-togethers to attend, which means less Christmas cookies and fruit cake. The first step to get back on track is to get rid of the remaining sweets around the house, like Christmas pastries, chocolate, and candy canes. Avoid these sugary and starchy foods to give your body a chance to recover from the holiday cheer.
Of course this is common sense. Not only is physical activity great to improve your mood and stay healthy this cold and flu season, but regular exercise, including cardio and weight training, helps get rid of those extra pounds. If the gym is not your thing, you may want to consider group classes, like yoga, dance classes, or Pilates. You may also want to check out your community indoor pool if you like swimming. Another great exercise idea, walking.
Whatever you decide to do, the most important thing is that you get your body moving!
Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day helps keeps your body hydrated which also helps keep you feeling more full between meals. Avoid sugary drinks or fruit juice, and opt for water or herbal tea instead. You may want to consider keeping track of how many glasses you drink a day!
Eating a balanced diet of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates is definitely important in losing weight. Avoid starchy carbohydrates like white pasta and white bread, and opt for the healthier alternative like whole grain bread or brown rice. Fill up on vegetables like leafy greens along with your meals. Don’t limit your portions to an impossible amount, this might cause you to binge later. Eat sensibly so that you are comfortably satisfied. Remember, skipping meals and snacks will only slow down your metabolism.