Nothing can throw even the most disciplined person off the wagon more than a holiday trip out of the country. No matter how much we promise to stay on track with our goals, we often just somehow end up eating and drinking a little more than we intended to.
The worst part doesn’t come until after your return and you’re left feeling bloated, defeated and unmotivated. However, the good news is getting back on track isn’t as hard as we think it is. There’s no need to postpone your weight loss goals. Follow these 4 easy tips to restart after a holiday weight gain:
- Free yourself of the guilt. Being too hard on yourself will not help you here. In fact, getting too absorbed in what you did or didn’t do may only be halting your progress. Forgive yourself and move on.
- Dump the extra food. One guaranteed way to avoid naughty, calorie-laden food is to simply get rid of them. If you feel too bad about throwing away perfectly good food, give them away to family or friends — anything just to keep junk away from your cupboard!
- Realign your goals. Take the time to sit and revisit your objectives and plans. This is a good way to keep you motivated and reminded of what you need to do and where you should be. Do not hesitate to revise your goals if need be and if you are unsure of anything, always feel free to ask your BodySmart coach for advice on diet and nutrition!
- Eat healthily and stay active. This may seem like a very obvious advice, but planning and picturing your goals are not enough; you need to simply take the first step and keep going. Eat your favorite healthy meal and do even just a light workout. Repeat this for the next few days until you find yourself back into a good routine.
Getting back on track doesn’t have to be a difficult task. There is no proven formula to do it successfully. All you really need is to recommit yourself to your goals and keep going no matter what. Remember, you don’t have to be extreme; just consistent!