Ate too much over the holidays? Don’t beat yourself up or jump into a crazy crash diet. Here are 5 tips to bounce back from indulgence.
Now that you’ve had your fill of cookies, pie, and other holiday foods, you may feel like you’ll be living in your fat pants for the rest of your days. After reflecting on the calorie damage that occurred, panic and guilt can easily take over and get you down. But I’m here to tell you it that it’s not nearly as bad as you feel it is!
Any temporary weight gain or bloating will not be permanent. Here are 5 tips to bounce back from indulgence. (And it certainly doesn’t involve any juicing fast, cleanse or other wacky trend)
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5 Ways to Bounce Back After Indulgence
#1 Set Goals
Gain back control by writing down a plan of attack. Plan out your meals, exercise and any goals you have. If you’re a visual person like myself this is EVERYTHING. When you write your goals and can see them, your mind starts to focus on how to achieve them. Put it somewhere that’s visible first thing and throughout the day, like on the fridge. This will help you stay motivated.
#2 Go back to Normal, Balanced Eating
When you want to bounce back after indulgence, don’t deprive yourself, drastically cut calories, or go on some new fangled “magic” diet. Instead return to your healthy eating plan starting with breakfast. Make it wholesome with a balance of protein, fiber rich foods and a little good for you fat . Search my Breakfast Recipes page for healthy options such as:
or go basic and simple with fruit and cottage cheese.
See an example of how to bounce from indulgence with a full day of eating to get back on track HERE.
#3 Drink Up
Flush that system out from all the extra sodium, caffeine, alcohol, and anything else with plenty of ice-cold water throughout the day. You can also add water to your day by eating foods with a high water content. I have a large list of great choices HERE,these foods also are low calories so they fill you up for less. Also thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so before you reach for something to eat try drinking a glass first. See an example of a high water content filled lunch HERE.
#4 Get Moving
Nothing makes you feel better than some physical activity. Go get that runners high, which by no means is exclusive to running. As long as you move your body for a good 20-30 minutes you will reap the benefits. (This short but effective bodyweight HIIT)
To help stay more active throughout the day I set fitbit Ionic to alert me if I haven’t had any movement in 2 hours. It’s a great little reminder to get up and stretch or take a quick walk if you lose track of time on the computer or tv.
Be sure to replenish fluids lost during activity and fuel with a post workout snack.
May I suggest some Baked Veggie Balls.
#5 Be Good to Yourself
Don’t beat yourself up. A wise person told me once to never let the things I can’t change rent space in my head. This changed my life! You can’t change the past right? You can’t go back and undo whats done so move forward. Focus on what you can do from this point on. One pound equals 3500 calories, so a little overindulgence will only have an effect if you keep doing it. (Which you won’t) So Ignore the scales, instead think of the wonderful holiday memories and lets push forward.
For more healthy eating tips to help you Bounce back from indulgence:
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