There are three things that Christmas is all about. The first is spending time with ones you love, the second is, of course, giving and receiving presents, and the third is eating ridiculous amounts of mouthwatering Christmas food. Even if you are on the strictest diet in the world and hit the gym every single night, it can be hard to resist the smell of turkey, and all of the delicious Christmas treats that the festive season is known for. Unfortunately, this means that, when the festivities die down, you are often left with some weight gain. If you think that this could be you come January first, then the tips below should be able to help you lose this extra weight.
- Drink More Water
Water is incredibly important for lots of functions in the body, including metabolism, which is why it’s so often stressed that you need to drink enough water every day to be healthy. Despite how important it is, people often confuse thirst with hunger, and go straight to the snacks. If you want to lose weight after Christmas, this is the last thing you want to be doing so always grab a glass of water first. Water also helps you to feel full, so drinking it throughout the day can help to fight those nasty hunger pangs.
- Cut Back On Alcohol
Like most people, you will probably have been drinking like a fish throughout Christmas and New Year’s, but now it’s time to cut back. Unbeknownst to many, alcohol actually contains a lot of calories, so drinking isn’t something you should be doing very often if you’re trying to lose weight. Fizzy drinks, even the sugar-free ones, are just as bad, so stick to whatever as often as you can.
- Eat More Protein
Protein makes you feel a lot more full than the other macros (carbohydrates and fats). Because of this, it makes sense to eat mostly protein, and cut back on carbs and fats, because this way you will have to consume fewer calories to feel full. You also burn more calories digesting protein. However, you have to make sure that you stop eating when you feel full and don’t go overboard, otherwise, there’s no point.
- Allow Yourself A Treat
Throughout Christmas, you’ll have gotten used to treating yourself, so going back to a strict diet is going to be difficult. Because of this, it’s important to plan treats, so that you have something to look forward to and aren’t tempted to splurge whenever you feel like it. A great way to do this is to allow yourself to eat whatever you want for one meal in every fifteen. This won’t disrupt your progress too much, but give you the motivation to go on.
After spending so much time overindulging throughout the holidays, it can be difficult to get back on track with your healthy eating, so I hope that the tips above should be able to help you out somewhat.