Aah, the holidays; days when our wallets grow thin and our waistlines grow a couple of inches. But really, who would want to compromise eating Lechon and Leche flan in this festive season?
But these days go and it’s back to reality. The first monday after the new year, you look in front of the mirror, wow… you let go too much! You think you holding up on that extra slice of cake won’t give you another pound but that didn’t help.
Welcome to the FFFC (Feast-Fat Fight Club). First Rule: Don’t fret! Here are some Post-vacation few tips by Dr. Mike Roussell of Shape.com:
1. Determine how much weight you’ll gain:
“An extra 1,000 calories per day would cause you to gain about two pounds per week, while an extra 500 calories per day which would cause a one-pound weight gain in a week.”
Don’t lazy up on calorie counting because it would help you track how much you need to lose. If you don’t like numbers, another tip is to roughly measure the types of food you’ve been eating. More fat and carbs, more exercise!
2. Consider how you were eating previously
“If you’re undergoing a strict diet or calorie-counting, you’ll most likely gain more than one or two pounds in a week.”
These are the facts we need to face! Accepting how much you’ve weighed now in-contrast with what you’ve weighed before, is a start to motivate yourself to lose the holiday pounds.
3. Don’t underestimate your body:
“Research shows that when you overeat for several days, your body responds by increasing the amount of calories burned.”
You’re not alone! Your own body is helping you shed those fats by increasing its metabolism 4% to 12%, after holiday overeating.
4. No no to Fast after Feast:
“Simply go back to your normal clean-eating habits and active lifestyle, and any weight that you gained while on vacation will come off. This can promote a “binge and restrict pattern.”
It’s not really healthy to suddenly not eat the week after your Christmas-New-Year feasting. This could negatively impact your metabolism, cause ulcer and other medical conditions in the long-term. Pace yourself and eat a balanced meal everyday.
5. Try calorie/carb cycling:
“If you would like to take a more proactive approach to losing those extra vacation pounds:
Five days a week: Follow a slightly restricted, Mediterranean-inspired diet (1500 calories/day, 40/30/30 percent ratio of calories from carbs/protein/fat)
Two days a week: Follow a carbohydrate- and calorie-restricted diet (650 calories/day, fewer than 50 grams carbs/day)”
Don’t be too guilty of overeating in the holidays! Just keep your eyes on your weight and regularly workout. Before you know it, you’ll be back in your previous weight! Get those feet on the ground and get that blood pumping for some exercise! Good vibes, happy 2016!