5 Quick & Easy Tips for Post-Holiday Weight Loss
Many of us are guilty of getting into the spirit of the holiday season by overeating.
After all, who doesn't like to sample all the deliciousness that Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah have to offer?
If you're looking for some post-holiday tips to help lose the weight, check out these five simple tips to get you started.
1. Drink Water
This seems simple enough, but most people fall short of drinking enough water.
People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like eating a hefty meal, reach for water first.
According to Authority Nutrition, drinking water before meals is especially good.
Drinking water also helps you feel full so you can try drinking before you sit down to a meal.
You also want to make sure to continue drinking water as you eat to add volume and weight to your meal.
2. Set Realistic Goals
Setting realistic goals can be the key to successfully losing weight or gaining even more.
According to WebMD, Instead of shooting for a size that has not been seen in your closet for 10 years, it is important to set more attainable goals.
Many top weight-loss programs advocate stopping after the first 10 pounds and maintaining that loss for about six months before trying to lose any more.
3. Build in Splurges
If you allow yourself to eat whatever you want for 2 meals out of every 21, you won’t inflict enough damage to subvert your weight loss. And you’ll feel less deprived.
"Depriving yourself will only leave you feeling frustrated,” said Sharon Richter, R.D., a dietitian in New York City (via Shape.com).
“Eventually you'll give in, and that one taste of stuffing will lead to a second or third helping,” said Richter, R.D.
4. Manage Stress
The holiday season can be stressful for many reasons. Managing your stress levels can help from binging on unhealthy snacks and treats.
According to Natural Horizons Wellness Centers, three key benefits to managing stress are:
- Improvement in overall physical and mental health
- Increased productivity in everything we do
- Greater ability to relate to others
5. Eat More Often
People who have kept their weight off for more than a few years tend to eat an average of five times a day.
According to Natural Horizons Wellness Center, eating frequent small meals is a key to setting up a good nutritional foundation.
Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, boost your energy, improve your mood and even speed your metabolism, since the process of digestion itself burns calories.