Odds are that you ate too much food on Thanksgiving. And guess what: You acted quite normally for this holiday. Americans consume an estimated 4,000-5,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day, and this behavior doesn’t usually stop the day after a holiday. With leftovers and numerous holiday parties and family gatherings, it’s very easy for us to keep eating buffet-portion meals for days on end.
If you ate a few days’ worth of meals on Thanksgiving, stop beating yourself up, because there’s nothing you can do about the past. The crucial point here is to get your butt back in gear and turn this behavior around. While most people continue eating large portions and skip their workout so they can shop and enjoy their holiday break, you can turn this behavior around rather quickly by starting fresh today!
So how do you get back into your fitness routine after Thanksgiving?
- Stop the guilt: Guilt doesn’t work over the long haul. Drop the negative emotion and focus on now.
- Increase activity: For the next few weeks, or at least the next few days, increase your physical activity to help lessen the impact of eating too much. Opt for compound exercises in the gym, sweat it out with some good high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and don’t be afraid to pick up the weights. If you’re out of town, get friends and family involved in some group activity outside. Also, learn some body-weight moves that you can do without equipment.
- Increase water intake: Start flushing your system and helping your digestion via water. Skip the calorie-laden beverages and add a bit of lemon to your glass.
- Fill up on protein and veggies: The holidays include some really healthy options, such as turkey, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Fill your plate with at least 50 percent greens and make sure you’re eating enough protein at each meal.