Thanksgiving is over: Here’s how to get your diet back on track after the holiday
You know you overdid it on Thanksgiving when all of your clothes seem a tad too snug the next day. Sigh.
Still, there’s no reason to panic. Own your indulgence. There’s no reason to wallow in your feelings of guilt and regret. Just hit restart. Here are three expert tips to get your health and wellness plan back on track.
No more pie
If you got in touch with your inner glutton on Thanksgiving, don’t diet. Just make sure the next few days include meals high in protein, which signals your body to burn body fat, and fiber from vegetables. Try and drink a lot of water, too.
“Stay away entirely from sugar and starches, as these signal your body to store fat,” says Ariane Hundt, New York City-based personal trainer and nutritionist, as Shape notes. “Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated because foods high in starch and sugar make you retain lots of water, and water makes your body rehydrate and get rid of excess water.”
Get more potassium
You can also get rid of post-Thanksgiving bloat by flushing out your system. Potassium is a natural diuretic so tuck into things like lima beans, spinach, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, tomatoes, avocado, salmon and mushrooms, advises Health. In addition to washing the excess sodium out of your body, potassium can also help regulate your blood pressure, which may come in handy while your relatives are visiting.
Reset your metabolism
Get moving. Experts advise that you try to torch glycogen, the carbs your body stockpiles when you’ve eaten more starch than usual. To burn it up, just lace on your athletic shoes and get going. Bike. Dance. Hit the gym. It’s all good.