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The holidays have come and gone but if you indulged a lot on holiday food then proof of that might have unfortunately stayed with you. Holiday weight gain can be a real drag but you don’t have to let it get you down as you start a new year. There are plenty of ways to shed the unwanted pounds after the holidays and here are some of them.

Don’t beat yourself up.

Nobody wants to gain weight over the holidays. However, it’s not uncommon for this to happen whenever there are huge celebrations and gatherings. So, even if you promised yourself that you will not gain a pound, don’t be too hard on yourself. Move on and do what is necessary for you to lose those pounds.

Don’t diet aggressively.

The weight gain might cause you to panic and push you to start aggressively dieting and restricting your calories. While this might help you lose the pounds, it may also result to a pattern that can negatively affect your health. Accept that the healthy way might take more time but that it would be better for you in the long run.

Set realistic goals.

Know what you want to achieve and put it on paper. Make it specific but realistic. Unrealistic goals may just end up disappointing you. Setting goals, as well as recording your progress, can motivate you and encourage you to keep going.

Watch your portions.

Your portion size might have ballooned during the holidays when you allowed yourself to indulge. Simply go back to your usual portion size. Using a smaller plate will help you feel that you’ve eaten enough.

Say no to sweeteners.

When your body is detoxing, one of the best things you can do is to avoid sweets. Try not to use artificial sweeteners and choose healthier alternatives instead. When snacking, choose naturally sweet options such as fruit.

Say yes to vegetables.

We all know that vegetables is a must for a healthy diet, more so when you are starting a new eating plan. Choose dark, leafy green vegetables. They are not only low in calories but are also full of the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that your body needs.

Say no to carbonated drinks.

When you’re avoiding sweets that also includes sugary sodas. Even if you choose the diet versions that have no calories, bubbly drinks can still leave you feeling bloated because they contain air.

Hydrate with water.

The best drink option is still water so make sure you drink a lot of it. Water flushes out the toxins from your body as well as the excess salt and water from your kidneys, which helps you avoid feeling bloated.

Combine diet with exercise.

While maintaining a proper diet is always good, combining this with exercise will give you better results. It may not make you lose weight fast, but you gain a lot more healthy benefits such as better sleep, lower stress levels and a calmer mind.

Make it a lifestyle choice.

While your short term goal might be to lose a few pounds, what you really want is to be healthy and stay healthy. The reality is that staying healthy is a process and results don’t happen overnight. Making a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle will not only contribute to weight loss but will result to a better you.

Written by Anna Yalung, MD

Anna Yalung, MD

Regenestem Manila’s Head Dermatologist Anna Yalung, MD is an accomplished physician with more than ten years of experience in providing excellent skin care, treatment, and on-point diagnosis to patients here and abroad.Just like her husband, Dr. Eric Yalung, Dra. Yalung does not stop finding and adapting new methods and technology that can enhance the services she provides to her clients. One such example is her foray into cell-based anti-aging medicine.Honed in this new development through several intensive trainings abroad, Dra. Yalung is ready to add more expertise to Regenestem Manila’s already packed portfolio of services.Her mission — to make people feel happy in their own skin, in the easiest and most effective way.

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