If you’re like most people you’ve had a few too many treats this holiday season, it happens to the best of us, including me. A week or so into the holidays I can feel my clothes getting a little snugger and my motivation to get to the gym waning. I remind myself that’s it’s okay, no permanent damage done, the key is getting back on track.
These 7 tips will help you do that. Weight maintenance and weight loss is about the nutritional and lifestyle decisions you make overtime. Start integrating these tips and you’ll be feeling energized before you know it.
1. Have Breakfast
Even if you wake up feeling full and sluggish from all that fill-in-the-blank you ate the night before, force yourself to start the day with breakfast. Not only does it reset your body by getting your metabolism going, but it also helps you set the tone mentally for a regular eating day.
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is so important on the day after you overeat. Why? It helps you feel full, so you won’t be as tempted to carry your overeating day into the next day, too, and it helps digestion move things along.
3. Have a Filling Salad for Lunch
The water in the veggies will help hydrate you and take away that groggy food-hangover feeling.
4. Eat an Afternoon Snack
Don’t skip out on this! It’s important to keep your metabolism going so you don’t suddenly crash and begin another overeating session. A handful of almonds and a piece of fruit should do the trick.
5. Cook Dinner at Home
If you had plans to go out with the friends, invite them to your place instead for some healthy reboot-your-body home cooking. Go for clean foods, like a piece of broiled fish with roasted veggies and a whole grain like quinoa or barley. They’ll give you the nutrients you need without all the processed gunk, which would only make your bloat worse.
6. Try to Squeeze in a Workout
When you feel like you’re carrying a small child, building up the mental energy to hit the gym can seem majorly daunting. But really try to do it because you’ll feel so. Much. Better. Even a light yoga class or lifting some easy weights will suffice.
7. Go to Bed Hungry (hungry, not starving)
I believe that right before bed is the only time to be hungry. Keep your appetite satisfied throughout the day by eating regularly with 3 meals and 2 snacks filled with carbs, protein and healthy fats so you have all the energy and nutrition you need. This strategy keeps you from losing control of your appetite later on in the evening and engaging in ‘nigh-eatingsyndrom’. By going to sleep hungry or with a lighter tummy, your body can do all the repair and rebuilding work it’s suppose to do during sleep and the weight will rebalance itself.