The festive season is nearing its end and you may be feeling guilty of overeating during the holidays. If your top New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, then following a guided plan is the way to go. Here are 10 simple ways towards weight loss after the festive season.
1. Drink plenty of Water
The next time you feel like binging, reach for a bottle of water first, People often mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking helps you feel full. Some experts suggest sipping water just before you sit down to a meal. Continue drinking as you eat to add volume and weight to your meal.
2. Set realistic Goals
When beginning a weight loss plan, the first step you might take is to create realistic weight loss goals. Deciding how much weight you would like to lose each month is important for setting up a realistic diet and exercise program that will offer you lasting, permanent weight loss. It’s common knowledge that losing weight too fast can lead to swift weight regain since dieting does stress the body. Setting realistic goals now will help you to keep the weight off later. Don’t try to overhaul your diet overnight. If you make too many changes at once, chances are you’ll get frustrated and throw in the towel. Instead, make one change, such as eating at least one piece of fruit daily, every week.
3. Reward yourself
Though you maybe on a strict regime to lose weight, do not deprive yourself of your occasional guilty pleasures. If you allow yourself to eat whatever you want for 1 meals out of every 10, you won’t inflict enough damage to subvert your weight loss. Keep moderation in mind, though.
4. Eat more often
Light, frequent meals will curb your appetite, boost your energy, improve your mood and even speed your metabolism, since the process of digestion itself burns calories. People who have kept their weight off for more than a few years tend to eat an average of five times a day.
5. Stay away from Soft Drink
Soft drinks are a major source of empty calories in the modern diet and especially during the festive celebrations. We drink twice as much soda as milk and nearly six times more soda than fruit juice. But such drinks don’t satisfy your appetite as well as solids. A study found that when people were fed 450 calories daily as jelly beans or as soda, the soda drinkers gained a significant amount of weight, but the jelly-bean eaters compensated for the extra calories by cutting back on other food. So if you crave something sweet, you’re better off chewing it than gulping it. If you’re truly thirsty, reach for water or unsweetened iced tea instead of soft drinks.
6. Go easy on the Alcohol
Dinner and parties during the festive seasons are often celebrated with alcohol. A 350ml beer has 150 calories; a 100ml glass of wine, 85. A margarita packs a bigger caloric punch. Even worse offenders are creamy cocktails, such as brandy alexanders and mudslides — equivalent to drinking a rich dessert. Simply put, alcohol is another major source of calories. If you’re on a road to lose weight right after the festivities, stick with water.
7. Up your Protein intake
Protein prolongs the feeling of fullness better than carbohydrates or fats do. Studies in Scotland, Denmark, Sweden and England found that people who ate a high-protein breakfast or lunch were less hungry at their next meal. Protein also requires a few more calories to digest. However, don’t go overboard. Stick to low-fat protein sources like low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese, low-fat soy drinks or snacks, or thinly sliced turkey breast.
8. Make Smart Substitutions
After much bingeing on festive goodies, look for nutritious low-calorie alternatives to sugary, high-fat treats. Experiment with frozen grapes that would be a much better, instead of candy. Use air-popped popcorn instead of oil-popped. Dip fresh strawberries in fat-free fudge sauce for a sensuous chocolaty treat.
9. Think Positively
It is noted by experts that low self-esteem is a major cause of overeating. Train yourself to focus on your best points rather than your weak spots. Buy clothes that fit and flatter you at your current weight. To start feeling attractive, update your hairstyle and get a makeup consultation. Get into a support group or form one of your own, consisting of supportive family and friends, in your journey towards weight loss that would spur your further. Losing weight as a group could also prove to be beneficial to your goals.
10. Give yourself a break
No one is perfect. Neither is the road to reaching your goal. There are no rules to say that you can’t make mistakes on your journey to your weight loss goal. It is more resourceful if you tell yourself that you can succeed in losing weight by taking things one step at a time and starting fresh whenever you slip up. If you overeat one night, simply get back on track the next morning. Don’t be too hard on yourself.