Tip 1: DON’T beat yourself up.
We all know that a big part of the holidays is catching up with family and friends and eating comfort food like Mom’s stuffing. And that’s OK, says Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. “Enjoying the holidays and being too busy to work out comes with the territory, and it’s nothing to shame yourself about.” Accept that and move forward
Tip 2: DO keep eating. (I am plugging my ears on this one...I definitely do not need permission to keep eating--ha)
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Tip 3: DO get moving. (I know, I know--this one is a tough one. But I like to pick workouts from my Exercise TV ON DEMAND)
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Tip 4: DON’T eat the white stuff.
Cut out white bread, crackers and bagels from your diet. When your body isn’t used to the extra salt and sugar, it holds on to a lot of water, says Bauer. “Once you get rid of that water weight, your energy levels come back up.” Even better news: You’ll start to feel a difference in less than 48 hours!
Tip 6: DON’T forget your vegetables. (Ugh, do I have to???)
Vegetables are natural appetite suppressants, says Aronne. Bread, on the other hand, is an appetite stimulant, which is why you’ll usually find it on the table in restaurants.
Tip 7: DO hit the bottle.
The water bottle, that is. Valerie Orsoni, founder of the weight-loss program lebootcamp.com, says that most of the time we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. In addition to helping you feel fuller, water also helps flush out the “bad” stuff you’ve been eating as you transition back to a healthier lifestyle.
Tip 8: DO be patient.
Changing your diet also changes your body’s weight-regulating mechanisms, says Aronne. This makes you hungrier, and it makes it more difficult to stick to your healthy diet.
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