10 Crucial Steps to Losing Weight after Christmas
The Christmas holidays are always hard on your schedule, your pocket, and your tummy. Avoiding overload for all three is next to impossible, and the best you can do is to do damage control after the fact. Get some rest, ease up on the shopping, and follow these 10 crucial steps to losing weight after Christmas.
Give away what you don’t need.
We’re not talking about white elephants, but the leftovers from your Christmas feast. You can freeze what you want to keep for later, but instead of trying to eat up what won’t keep, consider making a food package of tasty goodies for those less fortunate than you. That is the true Christmas spirit!
Get back to your regular programming.
A good reason you put on weight during the holidays is not what you take in but what you keep in. If you regularly go to the gym, your body is used to storing calories for energy you need for your workout. Chances are, though, you stopped going to the gym because you simply didn’t have time during the busy holiday season, but your body kept right on storing calories. Resume your regimen as soon as possible.
Don’t go on a diet.
You might think that you have to cut down on the food you eat to lose weight, but that is not the way to go. Drastically cutting down on your regular food intake will only send your body into panic mode, and it will start hoarding calories. If you normally eat a balanced diet, simply go back to your regular eating habits. If you want to lose weight a little faster, you can eat slightly smaller portions. However, if you have bad eating habits, this might be a good time think about a change.
More water, less alcohol.
Cut down on your alcohol intake for a while. A glass of wine has 123 calories you don’t need. Besides, alcohol dehydrates you. If you feel thirsty, drink water. If you feel hungry between meals, drink water. In fact, drink water for no reason at all. The exercise you get from going to the bathroom frequently is also good exercise. Go to a bathroom on another level if you can. That’s three good ideas in one paragraph!
Give yourself a break.
Stress can make you gain weight. There is even a term for it: stress fat. The reason for this is chronic stress increases the appetite, causing people to eat more than they should. Give yourself a break from stress, and you will lose weight faster.
Don’t play the yo-yo game.
Setting out to lose a lot of weight in a short time will not work in the long run. Sure, you might be able to lose 5 pounds in one week, but you will gain it back with interest. You go on another drastic diet to lose the added weight, and it bounces right back. Once you are on the yo-yo game, it will get harder and harder to get off it. The most weight you should lose in a week is one pound; any more than that and your body will start hunkering down and hoarding calories.
Don’t deny yourself.
The surest way to make you binge eat is to deny yourself your favorite goodies. You feel deprived, you will crave it more, and you will eventually give in. The key is to eat less, so you get what you want and lose the weight, too!
Spicy food helps you lose weight. It is the capsaicin, which gives chili peppers heat, which does the trick. There is some use for salsa, after all! Just don’t overload on the cheese. If you don’t like chili, you can try cayenne pepper pills. It can’t hurt to try.
- Shake that booty.
Whole fruit shakes are a great way to slake your thirst, satisfy your sweet tooth, and supply you with the fiber you need. Frozen strawberries and a small banana supplemented with Greek yogurt can actually replace one meal, and you will not feel hungry. Hold the sugar and milk, though.
There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: soda is out. Even if you go for the “diet” or “light” version, there is simply no nutritional benefit to drinking soda. If nothing else, take it out of your grocery list, and you will lose weight.