Don’t panic. Don’t fast, juice cleanse or binge exercise. 

Steps To Get Back on Track, Post-Holiday Indulgence

If you’ve been overdoing it throughout the holidays you may be tempted to go to extreme measures to undo the damage, but the truth is a few smart, reasonable adjustments you can actually stick with can loosen up those too-tight jeans in no time. Here’s how to get started:

Start Eating on Schedule
Each day, eat breakfast within an hour of waking up and eat again every 3 to 5 hours. Starting your day with a healthy meal and enjoying evenly spaced meals will maximize your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels, and level out your appetite. I know it may be tempting to cut way back, but starving yourself completely backfires. Eating too little forces your body to switch into conservation mode and burn fewer calories, which means you’re more likely to hang onto body fat. And undereating can cause your body to break down muscle mass for fuel, which also causes a metabolic slowdown. Unless you want to wind up thinner but flabbier, eating enough and at regular times is key.

Drink More H2O
Water does support optimal metabolism and some research shows it may naturally curb your appetite, but it can also help you feel better fast. Drinking more water flushes out excess sodium to help you quickly de-bloat, and it gets things moving in your digestive system to relieve constipation. Aim for 2 to 2.5 liters a day (about 8 to 10 cups).

Cut Back, but Don’t Cut Out Carbs
Nixing carbs completely can force your body to burn protein for fuel instead of using it to support and maintain your calorie-burning muscle. So instead of cutting carbs out, just cut back. Pair veggies and lean protein with a small amount of a healthy fat and a small serving of whole grains. Aim for 2 cups of veggies, a 1/2 cup  of a lean protein such as tofu, beans, fish or poultry, a 1/2 cup of a whole grain such as quinoa, barley or wild rice, and a little bit of healthy fat like extra-virgin olive oil, chopped avocado, or sliced almonds.

These portions and proportions will leave you feeling full, satisfied and energized while you still see results (in other words you won’t be starving, moody, irritable, or depressed with no energy and out-of-control cravings).

Set yourself a challenge

For those with little willpower, why not set yourself a challenge?

The act of signing up to a Fitness class in advance will help to give you the motivation needed to complete the challenge. After all, if you have pre-paid for a certain number of classes, you won’t want to miss them and risk losing out on your money.

What’s more, you’ll find that as the days go on, you will begin to enjoy your new routine more and more, and the results will really start to pay off.

Buddy up

A great way to keep motivated is to get into a fitness routine alongside your best friend. It can be difficult to stay on track when you are going it alone, but having a friend by your side who has the same or similar goals makes it all the more easier – not to mention enjoyable.

Make a pact to work out together regularly and encourage one another to stay motivated by showing support and enthusiasm.

Book a personal trainer

Getting back into fitness after Christmas may be easier with the help of a personal trainer. The help of a professional will ensure that you reach your goals and do so in the right way.

Personal trainers also help you to stay focused and not lose sight of the end result. Body Innovation can help you stay motivated and allow you to achieve your personal goals, too.

Do you overindulge throughout the holidays? What do you do to get back on track? Share your thoughts here

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