Three Easy Ways To Lose Those Extra Holiday Pounds

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What are the first five things you think of when you think of the holidays? It’s very likely that two of them were “yummy holiday foods” and “get-togethers.” For many people, the holiday season means lots of time spent eating and socializing and less time spent exercising, as well as indulging in traditional holiday foods, desserts, and alcohol. All this can add up to a few extra pounds on the scale after the festivities are over.

Are you ready to get back to your healthy lifestyle and lose that extra weight? Here are three simple tweaks to your routine that can help you get back to the way you looked and felt before the holiday season.

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  • Step 1

    Tweak Your Diet

    You’ve been eating whatever your friends and family put in front of you all season long. Now’s the time to regain your focus on good nutrition.

    Most of the foods you eat every day should be either lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, vegetables, or fruits. Avoid pre-made, pre-packaged foods as much as possible – they tend to be high in sugar and fat.

    An easy way to start is to simply continue eating your current diet, but reduce your portion sizes. A mere 10% decrease in calorie intake can be enough to trigger weight loss.

  • Step 2

    Put Workouts On Your Calendar

    The fastest way to lose the weight you gained over the holidays is to work out each and every day. According to research conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), in order to lose weight, you need to exercise for 35 to 50 minutes a day.

    What kind of exercise you do isn’t all that important. The best exercise activity for weight loss is the one you enjoy the most, whether that’s running, walking, dancing, cycling, or whatever. The important thing is that you make a commitment to exercise every day, and stick to it. Keeping a log of the time you spend exercising can help.

  • Step 3

    Watch Your Beverage Intake

    Its’ not just celebratory foods that cause holiday weight gain – it’s also celebratory cocktails and other beverages, which can often be just as high in sugar and calories as the celebratory foods are, and which usually don’t have much nutritional value. Now that the season is over, replace all those sugar- and calorie-laden drinks with good, old-fashioned water.

    Plain water helps with weight loss in at least three ways: it helps decrease bloating, helps you feel full, and has no calories. You might want to try drinking a glass of water just before each meal. This will help you feel less hungry, which will reduce the amount of food you eat. Fewer calories consumed leads to more weight lost.


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