The holiday season is full of overeating and celebrating a bit too hard over some eggnog. Now that Thanksgiving is over, you may have noticed that you have gained a few more gifts in the form of pounds than you had anticipated. Luckily, it shouldn’t take you a whole season to get back to where you started. We have compiled a list of 8 Ways to Lose Holiday Weight in One Week to help you get back on the right track and enter the new year with a new look.
Eat Less to Lose One Pound This Week
Instead of panicking and setting unrealistic goals for yourself this holiday season, try and take it slow. It is much easier to lose a pound a week by eating right and working out than it is to lose many pounds quickly and end up burning out after a crash diet. By merely subtracting 500 calories a day from your maintenance level, you will have stopped yourself from eating 3500 calories for the week and will have lost one pound. You won’t even have to leave the couch if you don’t want to, even though it would help.
Try to Stand More
Sitting down all day will do you no favors as you try to shed the holiday pounds. The act of sitting down burns around 75 calories per hour while standing up burns around 100 calories per hour. So, just by standing up more throughout the day you can burn a decent amount of extra calories. Standing up more frequently has other benefits than just losing weight. Constantly sitting down can ruin your posture and bring much discomfort. People who sit all the time are also more likely to develop diseases such as diabetes or obesity.
Get a Smaller Plate
Stop using that huge plate that you’ve been filling to the edge this holiday season and switch to something smaller. Using a smaller plate can trick you into eating a smaller portion of food. Most people prefer to finish their whole plate, so having less on the plate in the first place will result in less food eaten and more calories avoided. Large plates are also known to make large portions seem smaller than they are and having a smaller plate will reduce the chance of overeating.
Make Some Changes To Your House
Make it a New Year’s Resolution to update your house a bit. Making a few quick changes to your home can be a great way to lose a few pounds and be productive at the same time. Adding a few new items of furniture or even moving a few things around is a great way to work up a bit of a sweat and warm up your muscles. It would also be beneficial to tidy up outside by sweeping up your dirty patio, painting the fence or adding some new plants to the garden.Related: How to Use Half a Lemon Daily to Lose Weight
Drink Less (Or Not At All)
After drinking through the holiday celebrations, you may have noticed that your gut has grown a bit bigger. Alcoholic drinks contain a lot of empty calories, and if you’re not attending a social event, it may be wise to lay off of the gin and juice for a while. If you do love to drink frequently, however, try to stick to hard liquor or light beers and avoid sugary blends for your mixed drinks. Drinking bitter drinks instead of sweet drinks will end up saving you hundreds of calories throughout the day.
Cut Soda and Juice Out of Your Diet
Now that the holiday season is over, it is okay to stop mimicking the Coca-Cola polar bears. Cutting soda out of your diet is the simplest way to start losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle. A single can of soda can contain hundreds of calories and a few dozen grams of sugar. Switching to diet versions of your favorite soda can still be harmful as artificial sweeteners are bad for you as well. You can still maintain the same food diet and potentially lose weight by choosing water as your beverage of choice.Related: One Bowl of Rice is Equivalent to Two Cans of Soda
Shovel Some Snow
If you are living in a place outside of California that actually experiences winter, chances are you probably have some snow outside of your house right now. Instead of ignoring the pathways that you do not cross that are currently full of snow, try shoveling the snow off of them instead. It may not be the most fun of tasks, but it can burn you an extra 500 calories that you wouldn’t have before, and you won’t even have to leave your front or backyard. If you are short on funds, you could also turn it into a neighborhood side gig.
Cook at Home
During the holiday season, you have probably been in and out of different houses and stuffing yourself on a new plate at each one. Now that it’s over and the leftovers have run out, try cooking for yourself at home instead. Cooking for yourself allows you to have complete freedom over your portion sizes and seasonings, allowing you not to feel pressured about finishing a whole bag of french fries or getting an extra plate. The ball is in your court, and that makes it easier than ever to eat healthily.