Now that the tree’s in the trash, the mistletoe’s been taken down, and the lights are back up in the attic, it’s time to start thinking about the “D” word again—that’s right, diet. January isn’t only a month for taking down holiday décor and cleaning up the house, it’s a month for realigning priorities and getting your health and fitness back on the success track.
By keeping the following fail-proof weight loss tips in mind as you recover from the holiday weight gain you’ve subjected your body to, you’ll be able to drop those holiday pounds faster than you think.
Water, Water, Water
Because the high-calorie foods we over-indulged in over the months of November and December are typically high in sugar, fat, and sodium, it’s now more important than ever to make sure you’re drinking water constantly throughout the day.
The extra fluid will help you flush the toxins and excess “bloat” from your body that the sugar and sodium are causing your system to hold onto.
**A good rule of thumb for water drinking is to consume half your weight in ounces of water daily (and even more when trying to cleanse your body). So if you’re weighing in at 150 then you should be drinking AT LEAST 75 ounces of water per day. This is about 3 medium-sized water bottles.
You may find yourself in the bathroom every hour and your urine should be virtually clear but the extra trips are well worth the benefits.
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How to Avoid Sugar Cravings
If you’re like the majority of us, the past 2 months have left us making excuses for every sugar cookie, piece of fudge, and candy cane we’ve put in our mouths with a “’tis the season” mentality. Because of this, our bodies have grown accustomed to being fed sugar whenever it craves it thus making the dreaded sugar cravings an inevitable part of your post-holiday cleanup.
However, learning how to tame these sugar cravings will give you the confidence and determination you need to stick to a healthy eating plan for the rest of the year. Try a few tips from the following list any time you feel like you’ll die without a trip to the candy closet.
Curb the Cravings:
• Chew a piece of sugar-free gum
• Drink a glass of water
• Leave the house—go for a walk or run an errand
• Take a nap
• Patiently wait it out (the hardest, but the most internally rewarding)
Eat High-Fiber Veggies
Not only do high-fiber veggies leave you feeling more full than many other foods (even healthy ones) and thus leave you less hungry for high-calorie snacks, they keep your digestive system clean and high-functioning to keep things moving along smoothly.
Often a diet high in excess in fat, sodium, and sugar (even a short-term holiday one) can leave the digestive tract coated with toxic waste, however, high-fiber veggies like spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts have the ability to detoxify the digestive system and thus move excess waste through our systems quickly instead of letting it build up in our guts.
Start filling your lunch and dinner plates with 1/3 high-fiber veggies for the first few days after a holiday binge. You can even throw leafy greens like spinach or kale into your morning protein shake.
Set Realistic Goals
If you hopped on the scale Jan. 1st and realized you’d put on 5 pounds (or more, yikes!), it’s NOT going to be a good idea to starve yourself as punishment. Trying to radically alter your diet overnight is simply going to leave you feeling deprived, hungry, and upset when you can’t maintain it.
Instead, et weekly weight loss goals and weight yourself at least twice a week to keep yourself feeling accountable. An eager but attainable goal is 1 pound of weight loss per week. It took close to two months to put the weight on, it’s going to take at least that long to take it off (even if you’re working hard at it so be patient).
Choose your Supplements Wisely
It’s an increasing commonality among consumers (especially women) to rush to the diet pill aisle and load up on fat burners and metabolism boosters as soon as the holidays are over and they’re ready to “get in shape” again.
However, although there are weight loss supplements on the market that have been proven safe and effective in promoting rapid weight loss, a diet pill is not going to do all the work for you and it’s important to remember that your health is in your own hands.
Make this Year’s Weight Loss Resolution Stick
By following these tips come January and really paying close attention to what you’re putting in your body and how you feel afterward, you can do some serious weight loss damage control in a short period of time.
Additionally, these tips can apply to your diet any time you feel like you’ve slipped up or cheated on your diet, not only after you’ve eaten two entire chocolate snowmen.