Christmas has come and gone. The holiday parties are winding down. The leftovers, cookies and chocolate are all eaten. And you have gained 10 pounds.
I see it all the time… During the holiday season we all eat a little more and exercise a little less. This makes weight gain inevitable. So now what should you do about it?
First, lose the guilt. Stressing out and asking yourself “why have I done this” is not going to change the facts. You had fun with your friends and family. Don’t ruin those memories by beating yourself up. Just get over it and move on.
Start now and start small. There is nothing standing in your way from changing your lifestyle right now. I don’t care if you are busy. There is no such thing as a “right time” to start. Start making and executing a plan to lose weight right now. But don’t jump into something extreme. You’ve been eating a lot and living a fairly sedentary life the past few weeks (or more). So deciding to eat solely protein and broccoli and committing to three hours of exercise a day is not a good idea. Make small changes that you can sustain and let those grow into big changes with time.
Consider getting help from the pros. It can be tough to find the motivation and drive to workout on your own. It can also be challenging to figure out what you should be doing to change your body if it’s something you have never done before. You may want to consider hiring a trainer, joining a group fitness class or signing up for an online program like the MFit Membership. My Membership program will give you daily workouts, nutrition coaching and more to get your body back in shape in no time!
Make a meal plan. Once you’ve made small adjustments to your diet, you may want to start a meal plan. You can use a meal prep service, talk with a nutritionist or create your own meal plan. Having meals planned and prepared ahead of time will reduce the fast food runs and unhealthy snacking that comes with a busy life. Studies have also shown that restricting yourself to certain foods can make losing weight easier. Just make sure you enjoy the food because remember, we want to start something that is sustainable.
Find a support system. It’s much easier to stick with a program if you have people encouraging you and holding you accountable. Start a program with your friends or do a fitness challenge with your coworkers. If you are struggling to find someone to confide in, this is where a trainer may also come in handy. Internet groups can be great. Complete strangers may have the words of wisdom that you need. Hop on the #MFitChallenge tag and talk with me or other MFitters!