Did you over indulge this holiday? Here’s some tips to get back on track:
1.Resume Sensible Eating. You may be tempted to compensate for indulging in extra calories by skipping meals. But skipping meals will only leave you hungry and at risk for pigging out later.
•Start with a light breakfast such as a bowl of low-fat yogurt and berries.
•For a mid-morning snack eat a piece of fruit and an ounce of low-fat cheese.
•At lunch enjoy a big salad with lean protein such as fish or chicken.
•For an afternoon snack try a cup of vegetable soup and an orange.
•For your evening meal enjoy a serving of fish and plenty of vegetables.
Also, don’t forget to resume your daily 8 cups of water—you’ll feel the difference!
2.Skip the Scale. If you did indulge in a few too many holiday goodies, your weight is bound to be inflated. This is not because of an increase in body fat, but because of water retention brought on by the excess salt you likely ate. Weighing yourself will only make you feel defeated. Once your back on track, you should weigh yourself first thing in the morning, once a week.
3.Stick to Your Normal Exercise Routine
Did your holiday events and parties derail your exercise routine?
•If you stopped exercising through the holiday season, today is the day to restart. Try moving for 5 minutes—something is better than nothing.
•Even if you stayed on track with your exercise routing through the holidays, don’t fall into the trap of trying to over-exercise to compensate for the extra calories. Over-exercising often does more harm than good, causing us to strain our muscles and/or injure ourselves. Pain for over-exercising can take us off the tracks completely.
We want to hear from you, how do you get back on track after the holidays?