(I’m not going to note how many weight loss articles I’ve written in my newsletters over the years; my psyche is fragile as it is.)
According to Popular Science, it takes the average person 6 months to lose the weight they gained over the holidays (if they lose it at all). While the best way to take off the holiday weight is to not gain it at all, we all have our weak moments, and the end of the year (especially 2020) can break anyone’s will.
Here are a few tips for losing that holiday weight:
1) Stay Hydrated – A great deal of the “bloat” we get from the Holidays comes from sodium intake, which can be counteracted by drinking lots of water. While fat can’t just be flushed away, it’s amazing how lots and lots of water can actually deflate us.
2) Get on the Wagon – According to Homer Simpson, alcohol is, “The source of and answer to all of life’s problems.”. It is, however, a serious source of calories. If you have to drink (say you’re in real estate), clear spirits tend to be the lowest in calories.
3) Go Green – I’ve been attempting to eat vegetables first with my meals so that it fills me up, but unfortunately it does nothing to satisfy my bottomless stomach. However, eating vegetables at the beginning of your meal could serve you a feeling of fullness, and lower the chances of pigging out on things that actually taste good.
4) Watch the Snacking – If you’ve ever had a meal diary, the empty calories you absorb in-between meals can be horrifying. You had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, a chicken breast for lunch, and a sensible dinner? Great! Unfortunately, the morning Frappuccino, 3 cookies in the break room, and bowl of ice cream after dinner just provided your body with more calories than you burned. It’s never been written anywhere that life is fair.