Renewing Dietary Self-Discipline After the Holiday Binge
If you’re like me, you’ve just spent the last several days (over the Christmas holiday) eating and drinking things that we typically do not eat and drink during the year. And while the holiday season feels like a time to “let go and let loose” with our healthy eating and exercise, New Year’s quickly arrives as the time to “pay the piper.” Already, the emails and questions are coming about how to minimize and rectify the dietary damage from the holiday fiesta time. So, during this interim period, the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I felt it appropriate to share some of “Rick’s Wisdom for Getting Back on Track.”
The truth is, if you’ve been eating well and exercising, then the following are probably not all that new to you. Nonetheless, it never hurts to be reminded!
Healthy Tips for Minimizing Holiday Diet Damage:
- Get a reality check for your body. This is good for any time, but right after you’ve “fallen off the wagon,” it’s important that you have perspective. So here’s what you do – Take off all of your clothes, (leave on your undies – we wouldn’t want to scare anybody) stand in front of a mirror and snap a photo of yourself. Is this what you want to look like from here on out? Hopefully the answer is “yes,” but if it isn’t, then this is your wakeup call.
- Don’t ever use falling off the wagon as an excuse to keep failing. A lot of people use parties and liberal eating during the holidays as an excuse to keep going down that fat and unhealthy path. Stop it now, before it multiplies! Take a look at that photo you just took and wakeup. Remember, the nutritional and food choices you make today determine your health and weight gain or loss tomorrow. If you fall, get back up and start moving in the right direction. Procrastinating will only make things worse.
- Find someone to hold you accountable. Like it or not, accountability works, plain and simple. Most people are not disciplined enough to hold themselves to task, especially when it comes to weight loss or burning fat. If you want quick, measurable results, find someone who will hold you to task.
- Start and keep a food diary. In other words, you need to write down every single thing you put in your mouth each day. If you’re not willing to track what you eat, then you’re not going to get the results that you’re dreaming about. Enjoy that photo you just took, because that’s where you’re going to stay unless you’re willing to do the work.
- Follow a healthy eating plan. Diets work, but only for a little while. The important thing is to find a healthy way of eating that works for you – one that you can adopt for life. Fad diets set you up for failure, in my opinion. They work initially and then tend to lead people down rebound row. If you want a plan that works, start educating yourself on food. Check out this short video I made called “10 Ways to Clean Up Your Diet.” It’s a great start.
- Exercise. I know it sounds trite and almost cliché, but exercise works. You can lose weight and fat without exercise, but your results will come much quicker if you get your body moving. And believe it or not, it doesn’t really take a lot of commitment. Not only that, but exercise will also clear your head and make you feel fantastic. It will tone your body, boost your metabolism and allow you to eat more food. Check out this fat burning routine I posted a while back. It’ll give you a quick cardio routine for starters. If you want to build muscle, sign up for my email list and get a free PDF that will immediately give you a dumbbell or kettlebell routine to begin with.
- Try intermittent fasting.No, I’m not talking about starving yourself, but try it for a couple of days each week. Adding a couple of intermittent fasting days to your weekly routine can help reset your body and accelerate the fat burning process. In essence, you’ll eat normally and healthy one day, then on a fasting day, you’ll simply drink water or perhaps have homemade vegetable juices during the day, followed by a normal meal at dinnertime. If you want more detailed information on intermittent fasting, click HERE.
If you seriously want to stay on track for the New Year, get a grip on the above seven principles. I can personally guarantee that if you take these seven guidelines to heart and make them an integral part of your existence for the new year, you’ll see amazing results faster than you ever thought possible.
If you’re looking for someone to hold your nose to the grindstone and help you find clear direction as you move forward, feel free to contact me. I have a few slots open for the New Year. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t lose heart. Just do what it takes and you’ll make it.