Christmas has come and gone. The leftovers, cookies and chocolates are all eaten. The stress of the year is fading away, but you are left with 10 pounds of holiday weight to remember the season. Does this sound familiar? Let me help! Today we are going to discuss how to lose holiday weight gain.
During the holiday season we all eat a little more and exercise a little less. This makes weight gain inevitable. So, what should you do about it?
First of all, lose the guilt. Stressing and asking yourself “why have I done this” is not going to change the facts. You had fun and ate some good meals. Don’t ruin those memories by beating yourself up. Accept it and move on.
Next up, start making changes now and start small. There is nothing stopping you 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.
However, you do not want to jump into something extreme. You’ve been eating a lot and living a fairly sedentary life the past few weeks (or more). So, starting an intense diet and exercise regime is not a good idea. Make small changes that you can sustain and let those grow into big changes with time.
Make small changes to your diet, like drinking more water or swapping a sugary snack for a protein filled one. Gradually add exercise back in your routine so your body doesn’t get overwhelmed.
You should also 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 that’s something you have never done before.
Consider hiring a trainer or purchasing one of my easy to follow home workout plans. Each of my workout plans comes with diet advice, follow along at-home workout videos and more! Take this short quiz to see which plan is right for you!
Finally, find a support system. It’s much easier to stick with a program if you have people encouraging you and holding you accountable. Recruit a family member to do a fitness challenge with you. Or plan a virtual weekly workout with your coworkers.
If you are struggling to find someone to confide in, this is where a trainer may come in handy. Internet groups can also be great. Complete strangers may have the words of wisdom that you need to lose holiday weight gain.