So the holidays are almost over and you're probably thinking you gained 20 pounds because your pants are a little tight. While that's definitely not true, it happens to all of us. The extra weight is from bloating and water weight, since you ate your weight in carbs, desserts and probably little to no veggies or fruit. One thing you should know before reading any of these tips is: do not beat yourself up. The holidays are not meant to deprive yourself or punish yourself afterwards. If they were, we'd all be f*cked!
Getting back on track can be super hard when all you want to do with the rest of your life is watch Home Alone on repeat while eating leftover cake for breakfast. I feel you. However, I'm sure 90% of us didn't work out while celebrating Christmas and that's more than okay. So whether your goal is to lose that extra "holiday weight", sweat it all out, or take on a new challenge for the New Year, I got you.
1. Do not weigh yourself
This is just asking to spiral down into a deep depression. All of that 'extra weight' will leave as soon as you get back on track, but unless you think you really overdid it eating all of the treats, carbs, and more, there is no reason to weigh yourself. If your pants aren't fitting like they did a week ago, you didn't just miraculously gain 15 pounds for no reason. You know the reason, so put your scale in a closet and forget it's even there! It's not necessary, and will just leave you feeling worse and wanting to give up.
2. Throw out all of the leftover food in your fridge
Yes, I know your aunt Sharon spent fooorever making those homemade macarons, and your moms stuffing is to die for, but after what seems like a month of eating Christmas food, you need to throw it out. I'm one that doesn't like to waste food, but how many times can I eat mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey in a week? Once it's out of your fridge and in a garbage bag, you'll forget about it completely. And no, just because you threw out all of your leftovers doesn't mean it's okay to order pizza now. Clear it out, go grocery shopping, and stick to clean, whole foods that will nourish your body.
3. Do not go on a juice cleanse or a detox
The amount of times I've heard "Ugh after all of this I need to never eat again" or "Have you done a juice cleanse? I'm thinking of doing one to get rid of all the toxins and junk in my body". First of all, juice cleanses don't get rid of toxins in your body. Your liver is a natural detox which if it's working like it should, you shouldn't have to do a juice cleanse. Any sort of detox/cleanse will just make you hangry, resulting in you just binge eating all the food you can find. You ate a few big meals over the holidays, there is no reason to punish yourself or deprive yourself of nutrients now. You can detox your body naturally by eating clean food, no processed food and eliminating dairy for a while.
4. Get your sweat on!
Nothing is more of a detox than sweating during a workout. If you are super busy during the holidays, that's okay! But once things start to die down, that excuse doesn't work anymore. Even if you still don't have a ton of time, you can still get in a great workout. HIIT workouts are so effective and can be anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, and they will leave you pouring with sweat. With HIIT workouts, you burn calories anywhere from 24 to 38 hours afterwards so your metabolism is going crazy! Maybe you're still too full to do a full on workout, so just do something light like yoga. But HIIT would be the way to go if you want to shed fat, sweat like crazy and detox your body.
5. Give up the alcohol (not forever, don't worry)
The holidays are filled with alcohol, and while it's great to let loose and have a few drinks, it's also great to give your body a break after all the fun has happened. One glass of wine can have around 85 calories in it, so if you're big on drinking and have 4 glasses in one night, that's an extra 340 calories! Taking a break from alcohol will help you drop those extra pounds, as well as debloat.
6. Make fitness/diet goals for yourself
You don't need to wait for January 1st to make resolutions. You can start whenever you want, but most people find the New Year to be motivating. Making goals that you can realistically, for your body type, stick to is great. If you're not a runner, don't make a goal to run a half marathon by June. Instead make it a goal to run a 5k by June! Or if you usually eat fast food for lunch or eat out too much, make it a priority to bring your lunch to work. These small goals will be so much easier to achieve rather than saying you want to lose 60 pounds in the next 3 months.
7. Drink a ton of liquids
After huge meals, we can think we're too full to even take a sip of water. However, if we deprive ourselves of water then we'll end up more bloated and with more water weight. It's kind of weird to think that water weight can fade by drinking more water, but it's true. If you really want to start up your metabolism, try a shot of apple cider vinegar in the morning in your water. Aim for 2 to 2.5 litres of water a day, which is around 8 to 10 cups.
8. Start tracking your food if you are worried you're still over eating
Maybe you have holiday parties every day from Christmas Eve to New Years Eve. That's a lot of snacking, a lot of sugar, and a lot of alcohol. If you're worried that you are overeating even though you don't mean to, download My Fitness Pal and track your calories. This is the only way you can truly know how many calories you're getting, and don't just assume since some of your calories are healthy that those don't matter. If you want to get back on track after the holidays and you're eating 2000 calories daily, after the holidays try eating 1500 while working out so your body gets shocked and will drop weight easily.
9. Last but not least, remember that everyone is carrying holiday weight
Don't be so hard on yourself. When you look back on the holidays, you're not going to remember the few extra pounds you carried for a couple of weeks. You're going to remember spending time with friends and family and eating delicious food! Getting back on track is nothing to stress over. In fact it's not even completely necessary, but if you want to feel light and better than you did before the holidays, these steps will help you out! Before you know it, your pants will fit like before and you'll be hydrated AF.