10 Smart Ways to Lose Weight After the Holidays! (Part Two)
We’ve already taken a look at some of of the easy ways you could lose weight after the holidays and for the most part, we think we’ve been pretty kind to you. We’ve decided to get really into the nitty gritty of the whole Christmas weight loss situation – this is the stuff that will genuinely work is you do it properly. Are you ready to learn?
5 – Do you really want that drink?
We know that there are probably going to be a few post-NY parties that you will attend to drink the last of the booze… if there was any! We know there will be quiet nights in with bottles of wine because you are in “Recovery Mode” from the festive period. Your bank balance and your body are suffering right now… It’s time to get back in business.
One of the easiest things that you can do at this time to keep your calorie count down and to ensue that you get your pre-Christmas body back is to say no to that boozy beverage. Have a glass of diet coke instead, or opt for a healthier and more refreshing fruit juice. There is a good chance that you are still a bit dehydrated after the stress and bad habits that accompany Christmas. There is no point in making things worse for yourself.
4 – Don’t be a slob.
How many times per week do you sit in front of the TV and eat dinner rather than at the dinner table – the place that you are meant to sit when you enjoy the family meal. When you eat in front of the TV, your mind is distracted by whatever is on the box at the time, and you are likely to eat more. When you eat more, you need to burn off more calories – is it really worth it? Eating while sat at the table not only aids digestion because you are sitting up straight when you eat your dinner, but will also prevent you eating more than you need to. You will soon tell the different by what you have left on your plate – why not try it and see? There is a good chance that your dinner table will already be set up from Christmas so use it while you can!
3 – Learn about portion control.
We have discussed this before and we cannot stress the importance of portion control enough, especially during the festive period. You might think that you are only having a little bit of mayonnaise on that burger but when you measure it out, how much are you really eating? Are there enough vegetables on your plate? Are you piling up on the carbs when you should be eating more protein? Do you even know what food belongs to what group when you eat it? These are things that you will need to know in order to stay fit and healthy, and also to lose weight after the holidays. If you don’t know what portion sizes you should be eating, have a look online. There are plenty of websites that you can rely on!
2 – Be positive.
You won’t get anywhere if you don’t have a positive attitude. You will be surprised at how easier things will be if you start to see the brighter side of life. It’s not a cliche – it’s really true. If you are positive about your weight loss quest, you will find that things will be much more productive for you. If you go into it with the mindset that you are going to fail, there is a good chance that you will. Have a little faith in yourself – you never know what you might achieve. You could be the slimmer of the month at your next fat club meeting!
1 – Relax.
Above all else you really need to give yourself a break. It’s okay to cheat on your diet every once in a while and it’s okay to eat the foods that are considered to be bad. The trick is to do these things in moderation – it’s a word that many of us but not enough of us focus on. Like we said – sometimes you just need to be positive!
Why not let us know how you get on with your pre-holiday weight loss plans. We’d love to hear your success stories… As well as your not-quite-so-successful ones!
Lots of luck! 🙂