Post-Thanksgiving pounds

Although Thanksgiving is technically over, it has left quite a bit behind — those few extra pounds. Losing weight and getting back into shape after Thanksgiving can be grueling.

However, after returning to one’s normal day to day routine, the desire to regain the pre-Thanksgiving bod is immediate, and it is understood that the necessary measures, however painful, must be taken. In accordance with that, here are a few tips that will help you on your quest.

Make a plan

One needs to make a schedule in order to stick to that schedule. Plan everything about your diet. This includes snacks, because one of the biggest mistakes individuals make is spontaneous snacking, the stain on the white sheet of your diet plan.

Your three main meals should, of course, be both filling and nutritious and the small snacks in between them should mirror these qualities. In addition, be sure to eat every three to four hours. If there is no food intake for an extended period of time, the body’s metabolism slows, hanging onto whatever fat is present.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger. Make sure you drink water regularly, especially before every meal and snack.

Prioritize breakfast

It is no exaggeration that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A right start is very important, because it is the tone-setter. Breakfast should be consumed no later than one hour after you wake up, or else your body will go into starvation mode.

Motivation is key

If there is a will, there most certainly is a way. If you find your workout routine to be bland, don’t be afraid to spice it up. Try listening to upbeat music that will get you into a positive mood. If simply running or lifting weights doesn’t excite you, try an activity such as Zumba or kickboxing. Being in a group setting with individuals that share your goals will motivate you to persevere. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It normally takes four to eight weeks, so keep at it. It will be worth the wait (and weight)!

Differentiate between your simple cravings and actual hunger pangs

Research has shown that the average craving only lasts about 10 minutes. The next time you are overcome with the urge to indulge, give yourself a 10-minute timeout. Take your mind off your supposed “hunger” and occupy your mind with another activity. Chances are that you won’t be so “hungry” after those 10 minutes.

Stop drinking soda

One of the greatest culprits of unnecessary weight gain is that carbonated beverage that seems to complement every meal perfectly. Opt for a fruit juice or iced tea instead. Your body will be much happier, and thus, you will be too.

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