Don't go to drastic measures to undo letting loose over the holidays. All you really need to get your fitness levels back on track is to follow these simple steps:
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DRINK MORE WATER
Holidays come with two things: lots of sodium-rich food, and lots of booze. This leads to bloat and dehydration. After going all out on either, turn to water instead of extreme juice cleanses or detoxes to get rid of the excess sodium in your system and aid your digestion. Not only is water cost effective, but you can include citrus fruits, berries or spinach leaves inside to both amp up flavour, and reap benefits from vitamins infused within. Water also increases your metabolism levels, so aim for about 2.5 litres a day if you can.
It's easy to give up with the guilt, but remember the passion, motivation and goals you have for keeping fit. Keep yourself accountable by getting a workout buddy and tracking your fitness journey in a journal or a smart phone app, especially what you are eating every day. Food logs are a great way to realise exactly what you're putting in your body, and it makes you more aware of the damage it can do.
CUT DOWN ON CARBS
Don't entirely stop eating them, but lessen the amount of carbohydrates you're taking in until you've rid yourself of the excess you've put on. Take high protein snacks like a whey protein smoothie, or a Quest bar if you feel peckish. Try to eat healthy, balanced meals with protein as the key element, with a side of greens. If you must do grains, go for those like quinoa or brown rice, which have a higher protein count that regular white rice. Cutting back on carbs also allows you to reset your meal prep game, especially if you've been casting that aside while you're on vacation.
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BACK TO BREAKFAST
If you've been shirking the most important meal of the day in favour of sleeping in, it's time to restart the routine. Have your heaviest meals for breakfast, and opt for healthy options like oatmeal, egg whites, and lean protein to keep you satiated. This will cut down on you snacking throughout the day, which is a key way people attain a caloric surplus, especially if you're snacking unhealthily.
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DON'T SUCCUMB TO TEMPTATION
Surplus junk food in your fridge calling out to you? Ditch it, or give it to neighbours and relatives instead. Don't let the temptation of what's there get to you, unless it is a cheat day. Always centre yourself on your goals and exercise self-discipline, as once you get over this hurdle, you'll be back in full swing.
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