We feel your struggle. It’s hard to resist what your family prepared for Noche Buena and New Year’s Eve, and we don’t blame you! But by now you must surely feel the effects of all the munching, and it’s time to reverse the curse of the holiday gains. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be back in shape in no time.
Skipping meals is not an option, since it will only make you hungrier according to Louis J. Aronne, M.D. However, you can decrease or suppress hunger by drinking a glass or two of water. It will make you feel fuller once you do have your meal, eventually encouraging you to eat less. Remember that you need to have a realistic weight loss goal, somewhere between 1-2 pounds a week. Pair the healthy eating with exercise and you’re off to a good start of the year!
Studies show that cravings only last for about 10-15 minutes, so wait out the urge to eat a chocolate bar and see if you’ll still want it after a while. It’s helpful to incorporate a bit of splurge meals to your weekly diet so that you don’t deprive yourself completely, and it’ll make you feel emotionally satisfied too.
Lastly, spice up your meals – and we mean literally. Spicy food can boost digestion and treat gastric infections, and it can also treat stubborn bowel movements. However, food that are too spicy can also be harmful, so be wary of the probable consequences, too. In summation, losing weight is a process that cannot be rushed or achieved overnight. Always have the patience and commitment to see your goals come into fruition, and remember that all these efforts are for your own improvement, no one else’s.