Leave the turkey leg alone!

Quick Notes

• Shop around for healthier options

• Keep track of your daily intake

• Get a decent night’s sleep

If the holiday season is known for one thing, it’s the copious amount of food available. Some people will head to several Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners just to fill up. Let’s not get started on the possible combinations created from leftovers! What people can make from a turkey leg and cranberry sauce is astounding.

While the eating everything part sounds nice, the aftermath is the hardest part. You’ll suddenly find it harder to do simple things like tying a shoe or walking stairs. The extra pounds you’ve packed won’t make you look like a star, either. There’s a good chance your gut will ruin many buttoned-up shirts.

Many individuals out there won’t know how to combat this sudden weight gain properly. So, how exactly can you fix everything after a few instances of overeating at the dinner table?

Better shop around

To fix this eating problem, you have to buy more food. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about running into your pal turkey for this one.

The most important thing before grocery shopping is having a solid list. As expected, vegetables should be number one with a bullet. If you avoided eating vegetables during your holiday meal, you’ll need to beg for forgiveness at the store. Not all vegetables are created equal, though. Spinach, broccoli, and green peas are among those with a healthier impact.

Plus, many feel comfortable eating them over some obscure vegetables such as fiddleheads or kohlrabi.

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Fruits are another great choice in the battle of losing weight. Unlike vegetables, most people find all fruits edible. The best fruits for losing weight are watermelon, grapefruit, and apples.

Often the butt of several jokes, bananas are packed with potassium, which is low in most humans. In a Time Magazine article, this fruit is acceptable for humans. Monkeys, however, have to avoid them because of their high sugar content. This is the equivalent of taking catnip away from your precious cat.

Getting in shape

After buying the right foods, it’s time to get yourself in shape. While you want to check your weight immediately after the holidays, avoid it like the plague. Looking at the scale won’t give you any encouragement. Seeing confirmation of your weight gain can lead to some depressive behavior. Aside from the negative vibes, the scale could be wrong because of faulty wiring.

Fruits are another great choice in the battle of losing weight. Unlike vegetables, most people find all fruits edible. The best fruits for losing weight are watermelon, grapefruit, and apples.

When you’re ready, begin keeping track of your daily intake. MyPlate Calorie Tracker, My Diet Coach, and Lose It are perfect phone apps to check your progress. Without double-checking what you’re currently eating, you could go off the rails in a second. Overeating can throw a wrench in the entire weight loss journey. Eating too much of a select food can also become a problem. You won’t get the proper nutrients from the other foods. Having a balanced meal is the correct way to go.

Aside from eating, there are other ways to help take the weight off. Getting a decent night’s sleep is one of the hardest things ever. Because of busy schedules, most people get an average of six hours of sleep every night but eight hours is better. When it comes to hitting up the gym, don’t overdo it. The only thing it does is lead to severe injuries and constant tiredness. In no time, you’ll be shedding those pounds like grated cheese.

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