You have eaten too much during the holiday season? Most of us have, and with bikini season on the horizon, the need to find out how to get back in shape after Christmas is what you want. Here are 6 helpful tips for you.
Over-eating during the holiday is expected. We all know what is coming as we countdown to Christmas on the advent calendar. Food, food, and more food, with alcohol and fizzy drinks on the side. And the desserts? Don’t get me started.
After eating so much during the holiday we all want to know how to get back in shape after Christmas. The journey ahead does not have to be complicated or seem like torture. Check out these tips that will help you get back on your track.
1. Start Small, One Change a Week
“Crash diet,” or “detox juice” are words you should avoid. You have just indulged yourself with eating and going on the other extreme of the spectrum with a very restrictive diet will do you no good.
Instead, make a small change every week. Start by cutting down the alcohol on the first week, then follow with eating less processed foods.
In the third week, use smaller plates while eating at home cause that will make you put smaller portions on your belly.
2. Start Walking – How to Get Back In Shape After Christmas
Walking is the best low-impact cardio exercise you can do and one that gets you the best results without you noticing. It helps you maintain a healthy weight or get back to it.
It will improve your cardiovascular fitness without the need to sweat like a Roman emperor on a sauna.
At the same time that walking will improve your cardiovascular fitness, it will also burn more calories, which is exactly what you need at this time if you got noticeably larger during your Christmas binge-eating.
3. Start Tracking Your Journey, Again
If you haven’t done it before, you need to start now. Track your weight and your fitness journey by measuring yourself on a regular basis.
By tracking what you eat and how much you weigh every week, you will subconsciously begin to make healthier decisions when buying groceries at the supermarket, for example.
You don’t need to begin calculating your macros right after the holidays, but you can start by figuring out how many calories you are eating, how much your body needs to survive, and slowly begin cutting down calories (if that is your goal). We recommend cutting 150 calories every couple of days until you reach a calorie balance.
Read More: How to Lose Belly Fat Without Counting Calories
4. Drink More Water
Water has 0 calories and will make you feel fuller even though you are not eating anything. Water support optimal metabolism and flush your body of excess sodium which will help you release the bloating feeling.
Aim to drink 2 litres a day (around 8 cups).
5. Meal Prep – How to Get Back In Shape After Christmas
You bought healthy groceries, but don’t have enough time to prepare food daily so the easier option is to eat out, right? And who knows what the restaurants put in their food when they are serving you.
The best way to avoid this is by prepping your food beforehand. Take some time during the night to prepare food for the upcoming days so all you need to have a healthy balanced meal is to open the fridge and take that box with food with you.
6. Bodyweight Workouts
Adding bodyweight workouts is a great way to transition from indulgence-eating to becoming fit.
Bodyweight workouts can be done anywhere, so you don’t need to join a gym to start getting back on your fitness track. And don’t believe people who say you cannot build muscle with bodyweight workouts. You can.
You can start small by doing some squats for the lower body, push-ups for the upper body and some abs exercises.
If you are on quarantine, check out our ultimate quarantine workouts plan with 14 workouts, exercises and tips.
If you to try some harder bodyweight workouts, we have selected 17 that you can do in the comfort of your home.
- CrossFit Christmas: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
- Walking: Jonathan Wilson Rosas Peña
- Feet on scale weight: i yunmai / unsplash
- Meal Prep: Ella Olsson on Unsplash
- Hamsters eating: Bonnie Kittle / Unsplash