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Adam Gant | How to Get Back in Shape After the Holidays
HOW TO GET
The holidays are typically a time of
indulgence. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve
had a setback, and don’t be tempted to
overcorrect with extreme measures. Taking
the following healthy steps will help you
get back in shape after the holidays.
Be cautious not to undertake any extreme
measures such as skipping meals or starting an
overly-vigorous exercise routine that your body is
ill-prepared to handle. Remember you’ve gained
weight over a period of time, so it’s unrealistic to
expect to lose it instantly.
The holiday season often disrupts even the most
well-kept schedules. The most important step to
getting back on track is to return to a healthy
routine. Starting to eat on a consistent schedule
again will help! Make sure that you eat healthy,
balanced, and evenly spaced meals. Don’t try to
overcorrect if you slipped up by cutting back on or
skipping meals. This has the opposite of the
intended effect, and will only make you feel more
tired and slow down your metabolism.
GET BACK INTO A
Return to a healthy exercise pattern, even if
you have to start slowly. Start by participating
in activities you enjoy, such as going for walks.
Reestablishing your routine is key to getting
back in shape!
Cut back on foods, especially snacks, that are low
in nutrients but high in calories. Incorporate more
fruits and vegetables into your diet. You don’t need
to stop eating carbs, but try not to use fatty spreads
such as butter and mayo on your bread. Stick to
drinking water or teas instead of drinks with lots of
added sugar. Eat more fiber to improve your
metabolism and give you more energy. Foods rich
in fiber include sprouted whole grain wheat
breads, oatmeal, and cereals.
Increasing your intake of water is another
important step. Water will not only curb your
appetite and support your metabolism, but it will
also help you feel better after overeating food that
isn’t very nutritious. By drinking more water, you’ll
flush out extra sodium, which will help reduce
bloating. It will also stimulate your digestive
system and relieve constipation.
DRINK MORE WATER
Avoid the urge to go cold-turkey when getting back
into shape after the holidays. Instead, ease back into
a routine, incorporate more nutritious food into your
diet, and drink more water. These steps will help you
get back on track!