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7 Ways to Reverse Holiday Weight Gain

7 Ways to Reverse Holiday Weight Gain
Gaining weight during the holidays is easy but losing it is the hard part. The holiday season is long over but you may still have some weight that you need to lose. Thankfully there are several ways that you can lose weight and get back to a healthy weight without a ton of extra effort. It does take the proper planning and consistency with your diet, exercise habits and lifestyle. You need to continue to stick to your New Years resolutions to lose weight, and on top of that you can try some of these tricks to reverse holiday weight gain  and start working your way toward a beach body before the spring and summer.

Method #1 - Go on a diet

Going on a diet is probably one of the most effective ways to reverse holiday weight gain and it can help you get back to a normal weight relatively quickly as long as you pick the right diet. The HCG diet can help you lose about 10 to 15 pounds on the three week diet and up to 40 pounds on the six week diet. It's a fast and effective way to lose excess weight without having to spend a lot of time on exercising or other weight loss methods. The diet is designed to work quickly but it is safe, and you can get started at any time as long as you pass the medical screening. Learn more about getting started with the HCG diet here.

Method #2 - Get rid of any drinks with calories

Reducing your intake of calories is absolutely necessary if you're going to lose post-holiday weight, and one easy way to do this is to stop drinking anything with calories. That includes alcoholic drinks, soda, juice, and any other drinks that are flavored with sugar, corn syrup, or other ingredients that have calories. Stick to just water or unsweetened carbonated water for a while and it will go a long way in helping you to lose weight. The number of calories that you can save can really add up in a short period of time, and you'll find that it's a lot easier to lose weight when you do this.

Method #3 - Start exercising

If you haven't been exercising at all, the new year is a perfect time to get started, and you'll gain the weight loss benefits as soon as you start. Exercising likely won't get rid of all of your excess weight very quickly, but it can go a long way in helping you transition to a healthier lifestyle and it can help you burn excess calories. Exercising regularly is definitely a good idea but it doesn't take the place of dieting, and doing both will help you burn a lot more calories. Exercise is always a good idea if you haven't been in the habit of doing it, and you don't have to exercise a lot but certain types of exercises like high intensity interval training can be good for weight loss.

Method #4 - Drink more water

We've said it many times before but drinking more water is one of the surest ways to lose weight, and you'll find that you will very likely eat less and be more in control of your appetite when you drink water throughout the day. Drinking more water can help you control your appetite and keep you from snacking or eating too much during your meals, and it can make a significant difference in the number of calories that you eat during the day. Try to always keep water with you and try to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, or more if you are exercising.

Method #5 - Reduce your portion sizes

Lowering your portion sizes can definitely help you eat less at every meal, and it's one of the surest ways to lose weight. Try to reduce your portions by 1/3rd compared to what you normally eat. You can easily reduce your portion sizes by simply using smaller plates. Several studies have found that using smaller plates results in a lower calorie intake per meal, and it can make a substantial difference. You can also reduce your portion sizes by measuring the number of calories in a standard portion before you serve a meal. That way you can more easily reduce it by a certain amount. Try to figure out how many calories you should be consuming per day and be careful about your calorie intake during meals.

Method #6 - Cut out unhealthy carbs

You might try a low carb/low calorie diet like the HCG diet to help you lose any excess weight that you've gained over the holidays, but after your diet is finished you'll still need to be careful about your carbohydrate intake. The HCG diet recommends that you continue to avoid sugar and starch even after the diet is finished if you are trying to maintain your weight. The key is to reduce unhealthy carbohydrates from high glycemic index foods like bread, pasta, desserts, and other foods that can cause weight gain and spike your blood sugar. You should avoid most processed foods and really be careful about what you are eating if you're trying to lose weight, and reducing your carbohydrate intake is one easy way to do this. You don't need to get rid of healthy carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables and some legumes.

Method #7 - Don't eat during the late evening

Eating meals after dinner can definitely lead to weight gain. Your metabolism starts to slow down toward the end of the day, and when you eat after dinner you're much more likely to put on weight because your body doesn't have an opportunity to burn those excess calories. Don't eat during the late evening if you can help it; try to keep most of your meals before dinner. After dinner your best bet is snacking on a piece of fruit or nuts or something that isn't high in carbohydrates if you do have to eat something, but you're better off drinking decaffeinated tea or doing anything else other than eating. It can make a significant difference in helping you lose weight, and you should also be sure that your dinners have plenty of healthy fat and protein to help stabilize your blood sugar and control your appetite.


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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