The holidays are such a fun time: family get-togethers, vacations, treats, drinks, laughter, and constant excuses to skip the gym. It’s the time of year when you can’t avoid the seasonal candy and unhealthy snacks. But it hits you once you’re back to reality. The jeans don’t fit; the dress feels tight. So what would you do? Go on a juice fast? Are you going to live on a watermelon or a cabbage soup diet? The dilemma with these fad diets is that while you may lose a little weight, you’ll go round the bend because they are so restrictive. Plus, they lack the nutrients you need to remain healthy. But most notably, such diets foster an unhealthy relationship with food.
What you need to do to lose those holiday kilos is to keep your eating habits in check. Post-festivities, you may require a holiday reset. And, the good news is that to get back in shape, you don’t have to indulge in a crash diet or hours upon hours of exercise. Your body is rebounding and knows how to repair itself. Here’s a simple detox plan to rid your body of that holiday bloat and bring back your curves without much sacrifice.
The first and the foremost step of the Holiday Detox is to eliminate the water retention and beat the bloat. Remaining hydrated is one of the essential things you can do to help your body detox from accumulated processed carbs and drinks. But you don’t have to chug water to get the benefits. Water supports digestion and elimination, and this can be in the form of juicy fruits and vegetables, soups, broths, and decaffeinated herbal teas.
Eat home-cooked meals
One most effortless way to get your life back on track is to eat home-cooked meals. Plus, you can control the quantity you eat. Aim to have two to three cooked vegetables, one small bowl of yogurt at each meal. All those boxed meals and cup-a-noodles are a complete no-no. This way, you will be able to relieve bloat, rebalance blood sugar, regulate digestion, and recharge your metabolism.
Chart out a Workout Plan and Stick to It
All right, so this one is a little preemptive, but you’ve got to set yourself up to be successful. Don’t wait for the New Year. Plan your workouts ahead of time and make a conscious effort to stick to them.
Break up with sugar
There’s no soft-pedaling here. You have to go cold turkey. After all, nothing helps you swift faster than an immediate break-up. Say no to anything sweet or processed. The list is long and includes biscuits, cakes, chocolate, and soft drinks. Indulge your sweet tooth with an occasional date or fig or fresh, juicy fruit like pears, oranges, and melon. And if you simply must, add some sugar substitutes to sweeten things up.
Yoga is one of the quickest ways to get your energy system back into balance, plus it boosts your mood. Try to incorporate 20 to 30 minutes in the morning to get back on your exercise track. You’ll feel at home in your body in no time!
Reboot your system
To reboot your body after a festive feast, you don’t have to go to extremes. You can conquer the Battle of the bulge at the boundaries. Sweeping dietary overhauls are impractical. Instead, small, concrete changes that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine will lead to success. Take care of your system with the intention of mindfulness, nourishment, and self-love.
Holiday Season Detox
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