annual event. All those comfort foods, sweets and on-the-go schedules that derail off a normal routine can easily lead to extra weight being gained during the festive season.
If you’ve gained some weight from holiday overindulgence, you’ll probably want to shed it quickly. While there is no magic bullet, there are a few steps you can take to get yourself back on track and watch those holiday pounds disappear.
This is pretty much a given, but to get things started, you’ll want to increase your exercise in order to burn more calories than you’re taking in. To get rid of holiday weight gain, be sure to exercise daily and keep to a schedule if possible. Note down how long you exercise so you can “make up” any time you’ve missed if you have to cut it short. This way you know just how many calories you’re burning and you can do this consistently.
Even if your schedule is busy following the holidays and/or you’re having a hard time sticking to an exercise routine, you can start small. This will take longer, but you can try shorter workouts such as taking the stairs instead of elevators, park at the distant end of the parking lot when you go shopping or leave a few minutes early and take a longer route walking to your job. Wherever you can, get that heart rate pumping and do it daily and consistently.
Drinking water is an important part of any weight loss plan. Be sure and keep yourself hydrated, and be sure and stay away from sweetened waters (or other drinks). Women’s Health notes the holidays are a common time where people get dehydrated over the holidays from the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, along with extra sugars and salts. Reduce these items in your diet and increase water, pretty soon you’ll begin to see reverse results in bloating, which has extra toxins; the water will flush this out.
Watch Your Calorie Intake
It’s far easier to consume calories than it is to limit them. And it can be easy to lose track of what’s being eaten during the holiday season. But if you really want to lose the holiday bloat, it’s important to eliminate poor food choices and quickly return to eating lots of vegetable, fruit and lean proteins. Additionally, some say that adding low-fat yogurt, lemon and ginger tea to your diet can help flush out the bloat.
Decrease your portions too, not too much where you’ll go hungry and risk binging, but enough where you burn more than you consume. Also, get rid of the leftovers, especially the high calorie ones. If you do not want to waste food by throwing it out, freeze leftovers for a later time. Many sweets and other goodies freeze nicely.
Holiday bloat is not a pleasant feeling, but with patience and persistence you can rid yourself of the extra weight gain.
Leigh has been writing on the web since 2007. She has a high interest in business, tech, higher education, and Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia travel, but loves to write about a variety of topics. In addition to writing on Writedge, she also runs a blog about the Washington DC Metro Area and a photography blog Photos by Leigh Goessl.