Thanksgiving, full of turkey, gratitude, and more turkey. Oh, and mashed potatoes drenched in gravy. And the stuffing, and the corn muffins, and the cranberry relish…oh, let’s not forget the pounds and pounds of other food that’s sitting right in front of you, making you salivate all over yourself as you wait to devour it.
And just like every other guilty indulgence, there’s regret that follows. Of course we’re thankful for the food we’re given, and of course we want to eat it. That’s the spirit of Thanksgiving, to sit together and eat together and care about each other instead of our calorie count. But come on, some part of you thinks that you went too HAM on the smoked ham.
For those of you who need a quick detox while all the sales are going on, here are 5 simple steps to get you back into shape, fast.
1. Drink water. Lots of it.
Flushing out all the salt/extra sodium in your body is key after eating huge Thanksgiving meals. Your body retains a lot of fluid from extra carbs and the sodium. Cleansing your body will help you feel better, and will even help you feel full at meals.
2. Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT look at the scale.
You’re unnecessarily torturing yourself when you look at the scale after overeating. Repeat this at least 3 times until you fully understand this. Don’t beat yourself up because you ate. It’s completely normal to have a 2-3 pound increase. It’s partly fat storage, but it’s also the carbs and sodium and other metabolism stuff that your body is trying to figure out, so give it some time. As long as you continue to eat healthy and stick to your usual routine, you’ll be fine. I was actually just at the doctor’s for a physical examination on Black Friday, and when they weighed me, I was literally 7 hefty pounds over my normal weight. I hadn’t even eaten that much, but what I had eaten was pretty shitty, especially for my languid metabolism. No regrets.
3. No Booze Zone.
Cutting out alcohol will make a HUGE difference in your weight. Drinking less means you’ll sleep better (which boosts fat loss) and you won’t get the drunchies.
4. Write down what you eat.
If anyone picks up my phone and taps on ‘Notes’, you’ll see that I write every single morsel that goes into my mouth. It seems excessive, even crazy to most, but nothing else would have helped me lose 25 pounds in 3 months. Try it, at least for a week. You’ll see a difference in your weight because it’ll make you think twice before picking up potato chips.
5. Speaking of potato chips, cut those out and try substituting with healthier foods.
Substituting foods is so much fun to me, because it shows you how delicious a healthy lifestyle can be, especially for those who want to bust that Thanksgiving bloat and lose weight. Choosing fruits over sweet fetishes will shed water weight and some fat, and will ease you back into healthy eating habits. Although that pumpkin pie will be missed…
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