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A slip up on your weight loss journey can happen to anyone; no matter how strong your resolve, it’s almost impossible not to have an off-day or be tempted by something you shouldn’t be. This is especially true during holidays and celebrations, each with meals full of delicious treats that get harder and harder to resist - from Thanksgiving Turkey to chocolate eggs at Easter. However, it’s important to pick yourself up and not to let one mistake turn into a full-scale dieting disaster. So, if your celebrations have led to a slip up, we’re here to make sure your future holidays don’t go the same way.
Successfully following a healthy lifestyle is all about planning and sticking to a routine, so it’s no wonder that holidays and celebrations, with their haphazard timetables, extra guests, travelling to visit relatives and no time to exercise can result in a slip up. But, one slip up isn’t the end of the world. The important thing is to recognize it, put a stop to it and move on, but don’t put off restarting until next week or next month, do it right now!
However, you also shouldn’t overcompensate after a slip up by throwing yourself into a detox or by aiming to go to the gym twice as much as normal; setting yourself more difficult targets is likely to lead to a slip-up rebound. Just go back to what you were doing before and put your slip up behind you – if you gained a little weight as a result of your slip up, you’re sure to lose it within a week or two just by getting back to your old routine.
Not only does alcohol have a lot of calories, but it’s shown to cause poor dietary choices, so although alcohol may or may not have played a part in your slip up, remember that when you’ve had a drink or two, all that delicious food will be even harder to resist, and then there's the hangover muchies to consider! As a depressant, alcohol also weakens your motivation to exercise as well as your body’s ability to burn fat and build muscle. So, at the next celebration, stick to sparkling water!
After a slip up you may want to bury your head in the sand and not think about how many calories you consumed, but getting back on track after a slip up requires you to pick up where you left off as soon as possible. If you were keeping a food journal before, keep it up, and if you weren’t then now is as good a time to start as any.
Although eating seasonal favorites can be part of what you love about the holidays, taking the focus off food and appreciating other aspects of the celebrations is an important step to achieving a healthy relationship with food. All too often we can meet friends or go away with family and fail to recognize that food is not the reason you’re gathering, and merely an accompaniment to a social event filled with great conversation and time spent with loved ones. Enjoy small portions of your favorites and try new dishes, making sure to really taste the food, but also take time to catch up with family and have fun. Once the meal has finished, clear away the plates and enjoy the conversation or maybe even a board game to keep the kids occupied.
If your slip up has extended and is in danger of becoming a relapse, break the cycle of less than healthy choices by getting active. Reviving your exercise routine and reactivating your muscles also wakes up your brain and boosts feel-good hormones, meaning you’ll be more motivated than ever to get back to your healthy lifestyle and your long term goal to lose weight for the last time. Whether you exercise at home, go for a run, or enjoy free reign of the machines in an empty gym (you have to be committed to go to the gym when everyone else is at home having fun), get your body working to bring your mind back to focusing on your weight loss journey.
Once you’ve slipped up it is all too easy to let everything go and put off starting again until the New Year, but studies have found that people can put on as much as 4lbs over the Thanksgiving to New Year holiday period, and that it can take up to 4 months to shed this weight - just in time for Easter! So, don’t make seasonal weight gain a yearly holiday tradition, instead, set a new tradition to be healthy all year round – weight gain doesn’t take a holiday so neither should your healthy lifestyle!
With these great tips you should be back to your best in no time, ready to take on the next round of family meals, parties and celebrations! But, remember, if you feel that you could do with some help to recover from a slip up and strengthen your resolve for the future, the weight loss supplement Phen Caps can help you by suppressing your appetite and giving you an energy boost that will help motivate you into sticking to your healthy lifestyle, no matter how many plates of seasonal treats come your way!