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It’s a confusing time of the year. Your body wants to keep eating cookies by the dozen, but the calendar says the party is over. While the holidays are a wonderful time, they can a toll on your body.
It's tempting to jump right into an extreme diet in the new year, but there are actually some small but powerful changes you can make to get back on track. Trying to turn things around all at once can be difficult, but these small adjustments can help you make sustainable changes.
One of the most important habits to practice, especially when you're rebounding from the holidays, is drinking plenty of fluids. Drinking water helps relieve fatigue, aid in digestion and weight loss, flush out toxins and promote healthy skin.
It's time to sweat it out. Aerobic exercise like as running and biking will not only help burn off some of those calories but also help you to sweat out impurities and toxins that you’ve put into your body. Along with detoxification and weight loss, sweating is also good for your skin and your mood.
Intermittent fasting has become an increasingly popular dieting technique, based on the notion that you should consume all of your day's calories within an 8-hour period. Intermittent fasting has been shown to provide many of the health benefits of more restrictive diets, without having to cut out any of your favorite foods or feel hungry all the time. Trying out a few days where you only eat between 10 AM and 6 PM, for example, could help you lose that extra pound or so you’ve put on courtesy of Christmas fudge. Fans of intermittent fasting say they feel more energized when eating on this schedule—you may find the same.
Perhaps the most difficult part of the return to normalcy after the holidays is returning to a normal sleep pattern. Although easier said than done, try getting to sleep early if you feel you may be catching a cold after the holiday season. Sleep aids such as melatonin, which is a hormone found naturally in the body, can help you fall asleep earlier to get back to your regular routine. Regulating your sleep pattern is often the first step towards regulating other habits such as exercise and diet.
Happy New Year!