How to Easily Get Back Into Shape After the Holidays

By on 01/08/2016
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The time is once again upon us, I’m sad to say.  The holiday season has ended and it is now time for us all to atone for our gluttonous sins.. our tasty, tasty, healthy-diet-destroying holiday food sins.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed all of the Halloween candy you secretly stole from your kids, the extra slice (or two) of pumpkin pie you took when no one was looking, and oh, all those decadent holiday party treats! Homemade cakes, pies, and candies! Pinterest cupcakes and Food Channel homemade caramels, oh my!

Even if you aren’t a sweets person, you’re kidding yourself if you think you can get through a holiday season without any extra poundage. All those Thanksgiving sides piled onto your plate next to your heaping serving of turkey. Or that Christmas ham… that delicious honey ham with a side of grandma’s famous mashed potato recipe (that only has 2 cups of cream and “just” 1 stick of butter in it).

Let’s cut to the chase. We indulged. We gorged, despite most of us having the best intentions and promising that this is the year we will get through the holidays without gaining a single pound.

The good news is, you’re not alone!

Multiple surveys reveal that the majority of people end up gaining 2-5 pounds between the months of November and December.

This is due to many factors, most of which you cannot control. There is a change in routine as holidays, vacation days, and family visits all descend upon you. The weather cools off and your basic instinct to eat heartier meals kicks in. Most ads suddenly start taunting you with close-up photos of holiday meals and desserts. Parties are planned and everyone does their best to cook their favorite and most delicious meals (and a vegan kale salad is never anyone’s favorite meal!).quick holiday weight loss

The point is: The holidays are over, and if you are like most adults, your scale now reads a little heavier…. but don’t be too hard on yourself! You can get back into shape!

Holiday weight gain is just a thing that happens to most of us, and honestly, it was probably worth it right? How nice was it to just relax for the holidays and not stress so much about whats on your plate or how many calories you’ve consumed for the day? To enjoy someones famous apple pie, and take an extra slice of the best turkey you’ve ever had.

So, here we are on the other side of the holidays, standing on the scale that is delivering unsavory news, and what do we do?

It’s time to drop the holiday weight. Time to lose the gift of extra poundage that you never asked Santa for… and you know what? It can be easier than you think!

Just as packing on the extra pounds was easy, taking them off can be easy too… if you just stick to a few basic rules, and make just a few small changes.

Here are the 5 best tips to help you drop that holiday weight easily and safely!

Tip #1: Drink more water.

  • During the holidays the average consumption of alcoholic drinks and other high caloric drinks (Eggnog! Apple cider!) more than doubles. These drinks do two things to you: they substantially increase your caloric intake and they actually slow your metabolism for up to 48 hours after you consumed them! So now is the time to detox and purify. Cut out these weight-loss killing drinks and have at least 8 full glasses of water a day to help amp up your metabolism again. Water also helps you feel full, which is necessary after the holidays as our bodies have been programmed to snack and eat more frequently. The parties are now over but your body is still saying, “give me more cheese to snack on please!” By drinking water throughout the day, you can often satisfy these cravings without ever consuming a single calorie.drink more water holiday weight loss

Tip #2: Help your body jump start the weight loss with a quality supplement.

  • Yes, the right supplements really can make a quick and lasting difference, just like drinking an espresso can quickly up your alertness and energy levels! Our bodies thrive when they quickly and consistently receive the proper amount of nutrients necessary. A supplement like Blood Sugar Slim can quickly balance your blood sugars (which were probably thrown through a loop during the holidays) as well as up your daily fat burning abilities by feeding your body the proper amounts of Dichrostachys glomerata Extract, grape seed extract, chromium and more. (A more in depth chart can be seen here.) Other supplements can help you attack holiday fat in a different way by simulating the fat-burning, health-boosting effects of vigorous exercise without you ever having to even go to the gym. Exerslim achieves this by using the Gynostemma pentaphyllum herb in its formula to activate an enzyme called AMPK—which switches on the same fat burning metabolic processes you get from vigorous exercise.

Tip #3: Make weekly resolutions instead of one large, annual New Year’s Resolution.

  • On average, 95% of New Year’s resolutions don’t stick. We all know this, but we still try anyway. Let’s do something different and more proven! Psychologists say that for lasting results, it’s far better to just make weekly, or monthly resolutions instead. They seem less intimidating and are achieved much quicker, which helps build a positive momentum and pumps up your psyche. Instead of saying this year you will exercise 5 times a week, eat healthier, drink less, cook more, and go to sleep earlier, try just picking one of those goals and starting small. Tell yourself for one month you will exercise 20 times. Isn’t that far less scary? Each month, pick a new goal that is most pertinent to that moment and stick to it. Your results will be better than ever before, and it will feel so much easier too!

Tip #4: Eat a healthy, fiber-filled breakfast.

  • Life is hectic and often we find ourselves on the go for lunch and dinner. By focusing on making breakfast healthy and filling you, have a quick and simple way of controlling hunger, eating well, and starting your day off right. With a healthy breakfast in you, you will also be more motivated to keep the momentum going throughout the day and more likely to make other healthy meal choices. On the flip-side, those who skip breakfast are 78% more likely to have a higher BMI than those who don’t. So don’t be on the wrong side of science. Eat breakfast and give your body what it needs.  A great hunger-busting, weight-loss friendly breakfast should contain a good amount of protein and fiber to keep you fuller longer, and a minimal amount of fats, sugars and carbs (which often turn into extra body fat, and make for a groggy morning).

Tip #5: Move more.

  • Whatever your exercise routine is, add just a bit more movement to your day to give your metabolism an extra boost. Weight loss is best achieved when you attack it from two angles: eating right and exercising more. Basically, better calories in, and more calories out. Big changes rarely last, so stick to something smaller and more realistic. If you jog most nights, add just a little more distance. If you have a weightlifting routine, add extra reps, or 2 new movements. If you don’t exercise at all, commit (for just a month to start, remember?) to adding 10 minutes of movement to most days. Walk during your lunch break. Do squats in front of the TV at night. Take the kids on a quick family walk around the block and have them search for treasures.  These small changes really do add up and often lay the groundwork for even more progress.

Obviously weight loss results will vary from person to person. However, following these simple tips can help get you on the right track to returning to your pre-holiday weight… maybe you’ll even stick with the changes and watch that scale number go even lower than your goal! Small changes can make a big difference that result in a happier, healthier (and skinnier!) you!small-Changes-for-Big-Weight-Loss-Results

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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