Did Your Eating Plan Crash and Burn this Fourth of July?

6 Steps to Get Back in Control

It’s the fifth of July. And if you’re like a lot of Americans, your healthy eating plan went up in smoke this weekend, right along with the fireworks. Here, how to minimize the damage and get back on track:

  • Get perspective. Just because you slipped up doesn’t mean you should give up. A weekend of overindulging is not a disaster, it’s a temporary setback. Pick yourself up, brush off the potato chip crumbs, and resolve to get back to your weight loss program starting right now. You’re just one healthy meal or workout away from a fresh start.
  • Pitch the unhealthy food. It will be hard to resist the leftover barbecued ribs and potato salad if they’re sitting right there in your fridge. Give away or throw out anything that is tempting to you, and restock your kitchen with plan-appropriate food.
  • Don’t skip meals. It may seem logical to cut out meals in an effort to save calories and counterbalance the damage you’ve already done. But all that does is make you ravenous and, consequently, primed for more overeating. Stay on schedule and on plan.
  • Exercise. Okay, with all the bloat and indigestion that typically follows an overindulgent weekend, you may not be up for your normal kickboxing class. But be sure to get active. Going for a long walk or working out with our InterActive Exercise Activator can be just the thing you need for a physical and mental boost.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will aid digestion, reduce bloat, and help to keep you full.
  • Get enough shut-eye. Making healthy food choices is a lot easier when you feel fresh and rested.

 

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.