10 Easy Steps to Lose Those Holiday Pounds
- Keep a journal for a few days to record your food intake and physical activity. This can help you determine what exactly is causing the extra weight.
- Create a plan. Those with a specific, step-by-step plan are more likely to see results.
- Do not go crazy. Start with baby steps instead of a full force constant workout/diet. This is a common mistake and results in many people getting tired of it and giving up. Gradually working into a new routine makes it less of a chore and more of just another scheduled part of the day.
- Monitor weight with a scale. Do not obsess over what you weigh every day, but once a week measurements can keep you on track. Sometimes water weight can be the major cause of increased weight and results can fluctuate daily.
- No splurging on the weekends. Those who keep consistent diet plan rules are the most successful. Ruining your diet a couple of days a week can bring you back to where you started.
- Eat satiating foods with high protein/low fat content. These choices, along with high fiber, can trick your body into thinking it is full while still getting the needed nutrition.
- Keep regular meal times. Always eat breakfast to kick-start your metabolism, and to keep you from overeating later in the day. If you become hungry at irregular times, try drinking a glass of water and waiting a few minutes. It could be your brain saying you’re thirsty, not hungry.
- Wear tight clothes. Skipping the sweatpants and putting on fitted jeans or slacks can stop overeating. It is a lot less comfortable to bloat after an excessively large meal in extra constricted clothes.
- Skip the unnecessary condiments. Ranch, or similar dressings, can add around 200 extra calories to any meal.
- Decrease calorie intake by 200-300 calories every day, along with burning 200-300 daily with physical activity. This adds up to 3,500 calories lost a week (1 pound!)
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