So you blew it. Between Christmas and New Years you ate fatty food at every meal. Or the pizza guy has become your new best friend. No problem. Hereís a plan thatíll help you get back on track:
- Get rid of those fatty food cravings. When you eat high-calorie foods for an extended period of time, your body gets used to it and then you start to crave those fatty foods Ė all the time. What can you do? Have eggs for breakfast. A recent study found that women who ate two eggs every morning consumed 300 fewer calories a day than those who ate a bagel. Thatís because eggs are packed with protein, which will help you feel fuller longer. If you crave a candy bar in afternoon, have some pine nuts instead. Experts believe their polyunsaturated fats boost appetite-suppressing hormones in the brain.
- Avoid the crash. The sugary foods and simple carbs you ate during your binge-fest probably caused your blood sugar to spike and then come crashing down. That can leave you feeling tired and sluggish. How do you get your energy back without sugar or caffeine? Have an orange. Itís loaded with Vitamin C and Vitamin C helps your body absorb more energy-enhancing iron from food, making you feel more alert. If you donít like to eat oranges, just stick one on your desk. Warm colors, like orange, are natural energizers because they stimulate your brain waves.
- Time to de-puff. The sodium levels in many fattening dishes can cause our bodies to retain water, which can mean a weight gain of up to four pounds! The fix? Chug water like itís going out of style; aim for 10 glasses per day. That will help flush out the dehydrating, water-retaining toxins that can come from a high-fat diet.
Make sure you're also getting plenty of sleep. A lack of sleep causes your energy to bottom out, so your body compensates with a blast of hormones that kick your appetite into overdrive.