Did you spend the holiday season binging and eating? Well, so did we, and we have no regrets, but you might feel the belt getting a little tighter. Welcome to the post-holiday weight gain season, where you realize you are carrying some extra baggage that you can do without. Well, not to worry as you can shed the post-holiday weight just as easily as you gained, fine, not as easily, but it’s not difficult. Here are 5 tips you can follow:
Don’t Skip Breakfast
The last you want to do after you have gained weight is skipping breakfast. Eat a hearty, nutritious and healthy breakfast every morning. In fact, a study showed that nearly 80% of people who manage to keep the weight that they off for good ate breakfast on a daily basis. So, this means that breakfast is indeed the most important part of your day. After all, it will give you the energy to go about your day and also get a workout in!
The key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume, so the trick is simple: get moving. Get physically active and change your lifestyle to accommodate as much movement as possible. You have to work out on a regular basis, preferably 30 minutes a day. However, if you really want to lose weight, you need to exercise for at least an hour, and that’s aerobics we are talking about. Therefore, get moving and stay active and you will be able to shed the post-holiday weight.
Eat More Fiber
You should add more fiber to your daily diet. There are a variety of foods you can eat on a daily basis that are loaded with fiber, including nuts, fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer, reducing the risk of you overeating or indulging in unhealthy snacks. Moreover, fiber-rich foods generally don’t contain too many calories either. The best way to go about this is filling up half your plate with fiber-rich foods and the other half with any healthy items of your choice.
Don’t expect an overnight transformation in your weight level just because you ate healthy today and worked out for an hour. You have to take it slow and steady. You will probably lose a couple of pounds a week, and that’s a healthy level of weight loss. Therefore, before you start on your post-holiday weight loss regime, be clear in your mind that it can be a long journey and it may be some time before you see tangible results.
Focus on the Bigger Picture
So, do you want to shed the post-holiday weight and that’s it? This is not the right attitude and approach to have towards weight loss. The ideal way to go about it is to focus on the bigger picture. Lose weight with the intention of keeping it off for good. Why shouldn’t you end 2017 on a healthy weight level which you have managed to sustain over the course of the year!