Even though successful dieters work harder than non-dieters at maintaining their weight over the holidays, they often face more weight gain than thinner people. And gaining weight often goes on for another month … into the new year, according to the National Weight Control Registry. (DON’T LET THIS BE YOU!)
But you can stop the scale from creeping further up and get back on track with renewed dedication starting now.
Diet slips are a normal part of any lifestyle change. Slips don’t really hurt your progress over the long-term, but how you react to a slip can.
Negative thoughts are the most dangerous and can leave you feeling discouraged and down on yourself. Counter them with positive affirmations. Review the diet success you had before the holidays and return to your good eating habits without reprimanding yourself.
Don’t let holiday overeating extend one day longer. That means get back on track with your very next meal — not tomorrow, next Monday or next month. This way, you can limit weight gain and not let it feed on itself.
Zero in on your food triggers so you can avoid them in the future. Sampling grandma’s homemade stuffing at one meal isn’t going to do much damage, but taking home leftovers to eat for days could. This kind of awareness will help you make better food decisions.
(Renew your commitment to weight loss and healthy eating by getting back on track with your program today! You can lose the pounds gained from Thanksgiving very quickly with commitment now!)
(Go back to carefully planning out every meal — and snack and following your workout program!)
These steps will keep a lapse from turning into a relapse and a more significant weight gain. We have more holidays to come and no time to waste! The time is now!
By: Article by Julie Davis & Karen Yoakum