If you are anything like me, you may have indulged a bit over the holidays. I’ve been trying to be relatively “good” because I have a half marathon on Sunday (as you read this, I’m starting phase 1 of my travel to the race) but let’s face it, it’s easy to eat a bit more than you normally do at the holidays.
Here are a few tips to help lose some of the holiday weight.
1. Drink water! There’s a very good chance that a lot of extra weight is probably bloat that you need to just flush out. My body is notorious for bouncing up 3 pounds just from eating fries if I go to a restaurant. Alcohol you may have consumed can also lead to weight gain.
2. Drink water! Yep – this one is going in twice. What you think is hunger may just be thirst. So drink a glass of water before you head back to the fridge for another helping of leftover ham.
3. Go easy on the booze. This should go without saying – alcohol is full of empty calories.
4. Set realistic goals. Don’t expect to lose weight like the contestants on Biggest Loser. 1 to 2 pounds per week is very reasonable and safe.
5. Think back to what has worked for you in the past. Maybe it’s clean eating. Did counting calories work before? If you’ve fallen off the wagon, climb back on.
6. Increase your protein (within reason). Meals higher in protein can help you feel full longer than those containing mostly carbs and fats. This is especially true at breakfast. If you normally eat a bowl of cereal, maybe try an omelette full of veggies instead.
7. Plan for nights out. If you are going to a party, maybe offer to bring something healthy so even if the rest of the buffet is full of high fat-high calorie foods, you can still eat without feeling guilty. If you are going to a restaurant, as for a doggy bag as soon as your meal comes and put at least half of it in the bag.
8. Join the Shrinking Jeans New Year’s Boot Camp Weight Loss Challenge! Stay tuned for more information, but if you need a great community of folks helping you to reach your goals – this is a great place to be!
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