Health

Holiday and Vacation Fun: Getting Back to Getting in Shape

After any vacation or holiday, we tend to gain weight.  For those of us in America, we just had Thanksgiving.  After all the food, it can be difficult to be motivated to lose that extra weight.  I have a few tips to help get you motivated and back to losing weight.

Drink More Water

Drinking water when you are having a craving will help you survive some of those unhealthy cravings.  Sometimes when we get hungry, it is most likely thirst.  Some experts believe that drinking water before a meal will also help you feel full and avoid over eating.  Overall, drinking water has many health benefits and is good for your skin as well as your hair.

Keep Moving

After a major holiday or vacation, the first thing we want to do is sit in front of the TV.  Cleaning your house or taking small walks are recommended.  It helps to keep moving to burn calories.  But don’t overwhelm yourself.  Only clean one room a day or go for a small walk around a parking lot.  You do not want to set yourself up for failure.

Eat More But Less Portions

Experts say eating at least 5 times a day, but in smaller portions.  Start by cutting a third of what you would normally eat.  Having light frequent meals will stop you from over eating, boost energy, and can even speed your metabolism.

Stop the Sodas

Sodas have empty calories and should be avoided.  If you are craving a sweet drink, try a small cup of fruit juice like V8 juice.  It is better to try drinking water or unsweet tea to substitute a soda craving.

Cravings

If you have a craving for a specific meal, allow yourself that meal 2 times out of 21 meals.  It will make you feel less deprived and you will not do a lot of damage to your weight loss plan.  Experts even say eating a small portion of dark chocolate occasionally is healthy and can help with sweet cravings.

Each of our bodies will react differently to how we lose and gain weight.  These ideas are just some helpful tips you can try.  Try them and see how your body reactsComment below to let me know if these tips helped you or if you have your own ways that help you lose weight after the holidays.

Special thanks to Weight Watchers for cover picture

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