During the Holidays, all sorts of mouth-watering foods come aplenty. The most likely result when all the tinsel and merriment are gone? Excess pounds!
Panic not if your bathroom scale says that you just gained a couple of pounds. Below you will find some really simple tips — all 15 of them — on how you can reclaim your pre-Holiday weight.
Tip #1: Go Black. For the first few weeks after the Holidays, opt for black coffee at the start of your day or during breaks. Or you may go for healthier variants than your all-time favorite latte, such as that which is made rich with coconut milk.
Tip #2: Choose Dark. Please your sweet tooth with a small block of dark chocolate instead of other sugar-packed treats. Aside from being low in calories, dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa also offers an assortment of health benefits.
Tip #3: Ride a Bicycle. Use a bicycle rather than your car when hitting the nearby convenience store or supermarket — it’s friendlier to the planet and can help you get rid of those Holiday pounds pronto.
Tip #4: Jump Rope. What’s so nice about using a jump rope, which allows you to burn a lot of calories in half the time, is you can do it just about anywhere. Also, you don’t have to shell out a huge sum of cash to own a jump rope.
Tip #5: Use the Stairs. Rather than take elevators or escalators at the malls or in your office, use the stairs instead. Especially when climbing up, it will target the muscles in your abdomen, thighs and most especially behind.
Tip #6: Stand. Stand up when carrying out certain activities that are normally done while you’re sitting down. Be on your feet when answering phone calls, printing documents or waiting for the coffee maker to finish brewing.
Tip #7: Walk the Dog. Spend about an hour walking your dog around the neighborhood to burn extra calories. Don’t have a dog? Simple — let your neighbors know that you are willing to walk their dogs absolutely free of charge as a post-Holiday treat!
Tip #8: Add Extra 10 Minutes. Do you hit the gym regularly? It’s a good idea to add 10 more minutes to the amount of time you regularly spend at the gym. This will help you zap those Holiday pounds much quicker than usual.
Tip #9: A Bowl of Oatmeal. Every morning before you start your day, reach for a bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit slices. Making this a daily routine helps flush out toxins that your gut has accumulated throughout your Holiday pigging out.
Tip #10: More Protein. According to experts, digesting protein uses up lots of calories, resulting in a speedier metabolism. However, opt for lean meat cuts and plant sources of protein to minimize your consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol.
Tip #11: Do a Makeover. Wouldn’t it be nice to start your new year living in a house spanking a brand new look? You can burn tons of calories by repainting walls and rearranging furniture pieces. Try completing a room or two a week.
Tip #12: Drink Smart. Parties are around whether it’s the Holidays or not. When invited to one, make smart choices — opt for alcoholic beverages that are not mixed with sugary stuff. Oh, and as always, don’t forget to drink moderately!
Tip #13: Move Your Body. Here’s something fun and exciting that you can do during parties that will definitely let you win back your pre-Holiday figure ASAP: dance to those party grooves!
Tip #14: Scrap Soda. You should definitely turn your back on soda if you want to lose those Holiday pounds, and that includes diet ones that can trigger insulin spikes and cause you to pack even more pounds.
Tip #15: A Good Night’s Sleep. The Holidays can be a very stressful time of the year, and stress is something that can make you gain weight. Once the hustle and bustle is through, start having a good night’s sleep each time.
Sources: health, rd