5 ways to beat post-holiday weight gain

¡Comida, comida, comida! En Navidad todos tendemos a comer más de lo que deberíamos. Turrones, polvorones, dulces de todos los colores y sabores… ¿Quién puede resistirse?

Pero enero ya está aquí y, para muchos, es hora de compensar los excesos navideños. ¡Ponte en forma y aprende vocabulario nuevo con este pequeño artículo del Reader’s Digest!

Many people see the festive season as “blow-out” time, when they don’t have to think about their health or their waistline until after the New Year. However, the average person puts on 5 to 10 pounds ( 2.5kg to 6kg) between November and January.

The biggest problem lies with the fact that the sugary foods and drinks we consume over Christmas are addictive – most people find it harder than anticipated to go back to a healthier lifestyle come January.

So here are some tips for you to help you to come back to your ideal weight!

These tips are given to us by the Reader’s Digest magazine.

Drink water

drink waterPeople often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like noshing, reach for water first. Drinking also helps you feel full. Some experts suggest sipping water (or iced tea) just before you sit down to a meal.

Set realistic goals

set goals

One or two pounds (1kg) a week maximum is doable.

Count to 10

count to ten

Studies suggest that the average craving lasts only about ten minutes. So before caving into your urge, set your mental timer for a ten-minute time-out. Use the time to tackle an item on your to-do list

Eat more often

eat often

People who have kept their weight off for more than a few years tend to eat an average of five times a day. Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, boost your energy, improve your mood and even speed your metabolism, since the process of digestion itself burns calories.

Make weekly resolutions

weekly resolution

Don’t try to overhaul your diet overnight. If you make too many changes at once, chances are you`ll get frustrated and throw in the towel. Instead, make one change, such as eating at least one piece of fruit daily, every week.

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