We all do it. We blow our diet over the holiday weekend. We not only eat poorly, but we just eat too much. After just a few days, we feel fat and miserable; and we feel 10lbs heavier than we really are. Believe me! I am one of those peeps!
I didn’t just have a 3-day weekend, Steve and I took a 10-day vacation for our anniversary and OMG did I overdo it! Although we did workout and stay active, hiking trails and cliffs, we ate higher calorie food and we ate way too much. I came back feeling like I had an extra carry on around my waist! Now it’s time to lose the extra baggage!!
The truth is, although the holiday is over and your mistakes are behind you, they aren’t really behind you YET. You bring those mistakes with you because you still carry all that food in your gut.
The Mayo Clinic explains that the average transit time, from the time you eat the food to elimination, is 40 hours – 33 hours for men and up to 47 hours for women. While you wait to get rid of you poor choices, here are a 5 things you can do to help you feel thinner again, even before the actual body fat is lost.
5 Ways to Lose the Holiday Weight Gain
Dining out and eating snacks can cause you to hold more water due to increased sodium. Water retention can account for up to 5lbs of additional weight from eating foods high in sodium. Flush your body by increasing your water intake – every day, all week long.
2. Go for a run
Get your sweat on and burn some calories! Not only does running help you sweat out the toxins built up from your poor choices over the weekend, but it tightens the core and will help burn off those extra calories and “erase those sins”. In addition, cardio helps move water around which relieves water retention and swelling.
3. Eat tiny portions
Work on shrinking your stomach by limiting portion sizes. It will take a few days for your copious amount of weekend food to get out of your system, but you can feel thinner quicker if you immediately go back to small portions. The less you have in your belly, the smaller your belly will look and feel. If you struggle to limit portions on your own, then eat pre-packaged foods to help control portion size.
This frozen entree (pictured left) is the correct portion for a dieter. As you can see, is much smaller than a dinner plate. Of course whole food is healthier than pre-packaged food, but pre-packaged food might be a better choice for you over overeating or eating out.
When I totally blow it, I like to stick to mushy foods for a few days. Like a healthier version of a fast, mushy foods (like protein shakes, oatmeal, greek yogurt and soups) help me to feel full without adding a lot of solid volume to my gut. I only do this for 3 days and I feel a million times better by the end of the week!
5. Plank it out
If you are like me, you’re probably tired of trying to hold your stomach in all weekend. Why? Because it’s hard to suck your tummy in when it is completely stuffed all weekend. Plus, if you didn’t workout over the weekend, your stomach muscles have probably gotten relaxed and stretched out. However, if you tighten up your core with some exercises, those muscles will tighten right back up – and it will be a lot easier to keep your stomach flat.