Did you eat too much at Thanksgiving — and now you’re afraid you won’t fit into that hot little dress you bought for New Year’s Eve?
Whether you engorged on too many cookies at the office holiday party or you went carb-crazy with stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, don’t fret. We have ALL the tips you need to bounce back quickly after over-indulging in yummy holiday goodness. Tanya Zuckerbrot, author of the F-Factor Diet and founder of skinnyandthecity.com gave us advice on what you should do starting the day after Thanksgiving to help avoid packing on those stubborn pounds:
- Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up the next day. Start your morning off with a container of 0% plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup fiber-one cereal and ¾ cup of berries. Add cinnamon to taste. Don’t like Greek Yogurt? Try 1% cottage cheese instead for hunger-satisfying protein.
- Take advantage of leftover turkey meat. A 3-ounce serving of skinless white-meat turkey breast is only 120 calories, 1 gram of fat for a whopping 26 grams of fat-melting protein. Eat at least 3-6 ounces of lean protein at lunch and dinner which is generally the size of your fist or a blackberry phone.
- Fill up on fiber — not on stuffing. Incorporate plenty of raw or cooked vegetables at lunch and dinner such as a big salad or vegetable soup. Snack on a low-calorie, high-fiber apple instead of the calorie-filled apple pie left on the counter from the night before.
- Stay hydrated to flush out the sodium. Make sure that you are starting your day with a big glass of water and drink at least 8 glasses throughout the day, not just all at one time.
- Exercise outside to get vitamin-D rich sunlight. All you need is ~150 minutes of moderate exercise per week incorporating both cardio and weight resistance. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin D as well such as salmon or fortified dairy products.
Lindsey Unterberger, the Senior Online Lifestyle Editor at Glamour magazine also told us a few helpful tips for enjoying the holidays and keeping them healthy:
- Don’t be afraid to snack. By having two 150-calorie snacks throughout the day, you’ll be able to splurge on just the foods you really want—instead of everything you see.
- Have a little dark chocolate. I always need a little something sweet to end my meal, so dark chocolate is my dessert BFF. A one-ounce square is low in calories, but super satisfying.
- Wear a really big cocktail ring. Here’s one of my favorite tips — and it’ll help you glam up your outfit, too! One of the nutritionists we spoke with said it could help you eat more mindfully (i.e. you’ll notice that ginormous ring on your finger every time you go to take a bite—particularly helpful when it comes to passed hors d’eourves.)
- Don’t beat yourself up. Stop worrying so much about overeating during the holidays—all that stress will only help you actually keep you from shedding those pounds.
- Work out an hour or two before a big meal. A quick workout (one with strength training is best) can help speed your metabolism, so you’ll be able to burn calories more effectively.
- Just say no to packaged foods: “Another easy way to practically guarantee that you’ll eat healthier is to say no to anything that comes in a package.”
So now you can go ahead and loosen up that belt and not feel guilty about it. Enjoy yourself over Thanksgiving and get back into shape so you can slip into that sexy outfit for New Year’s in no time!