Here’s how to recover from the holidays and lose weight fast:
The holidays are such a magical time of the year! You spend time with family. You decorate, exchange gifts, talk about all the things you are thankful for, and…eat. It’s hard to not overeat during the holiday season because there are so many good things, like sugary cookies, heaps of pot roast, turkey, and dressing. It’s no wonder so many of us put on the pounds during the months of November and December. Of course, though, after the holidays, you are left feeling very bad about all that extra weight you have gained.
The good news is that you can lose that holiday weight gain fast. You just need a plan of action. You also need to set goals and stick to them. Then, you can enjoy a healthier, more physically fit you. What does it take to drop those pounds quickly? Here is what you need to know.
Start by Understanding Your Body
You need to understand your body and how it works. If you eat the wrong foods, then your body will not use those calories for energy. You will continue storing fat. However, when you eat the right foods and exercise like you should, then your body will have no choice but to burn fat stores. You cannot just tackle one thing: exercise or diet and expect to lose all of those holiday pounds. Instead, when you understand your body, you will see why it is important to work on both healthy foods and a quality exercise plan.
Keep Track of What You Are Eating
It’s a good idea to know what you are eating. “Being aware of what you eat can serve as an effective reminder of which foods to avoid as you work on dropping holiday pounds.” (Black, 2010) By knowing what you are eating, you can actually determine what you need to adjust in your diet to be healthier. You may be consuming quite a few empty calories without even realizing it. In fact, if you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, it’s a good idea to keep a food and exercise journal throughout the year.
Hit the Exercise Plan…Hard
Exercise, and the right kind of exercise, is key to losing weight fast. Weight training will be the most successful option, but most people think of cardio instead. However, when you use weights, you will actually be building muscle, dropping pounds, and making yourself healthier overall. When you use the right exercise program that involves weight training, you will actually be able to burn as many calories as you would if you ran on a treadmill.
The Goal Is Muscle Overload
When you work out, you may be tempted to quit when you get tired, but you may not be taxing your muscles enough. Through the proper form and lighter weights than you may think you need, you can actually lose more weight and build more muscle than you would have imagined. Essentially, you want your muscles to build fiber over time, and that means pushing them through resistance training. As you build the muscle, you will burn the fat and pounds you put on through the holidays.
Structure and Repetition Will Help
When you face losing weight and you want to drop the pounds quickly, you need to understand the importance of structure and repetition. By doing the right number of reps in each type of weight training, you will be able to tax your muscles as much as you should without risking injury.
Structure is important in any exercise and weight loss regime. You need to build a plan and stick to it. This holds true for the exercise itself as well as your dietary plan. When you have a structured routine for your daily plan, you will be able to stick with it without accidentally slacking off.
Finally, if you want to lose weight fast, you should never starve yourself. You may think that by skipping meals, you can drop the pounds, but you will actually be sabotaging yourself. Your body will start slowing down and burning muscle instead of fat. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet to see the best results. Those holiday pounds don’t have to stay on throughout the year. With the right plan, you can lose them fast!
Black, M. (2010, July 8). How to Lose Holiday Weight Gain. Retrieved December 9, 2013, from Livestrong