Well, there are clearly tons of posts about getting back to your routine and hitting those goals after binge-eating during the holidays. I think it’s obvious you have to just get back on track as fast as possible. But, how?
1. Giveaway leftovers – but not right away!
I love eating leftovers, maybe that’s weird. I rarely eat holiday food other than Thanksgiving, Christmas, and maybe New Years. As much as you want to get back on track, the day after a holiday is just too soon. Giveaway your leftovers to family, friends, or your pets (if it’s safe for them to eat) after you get to eat some yourself.
It’s not going to kill you to eat a little bit of leftovers the day after a holiday! I wouldn’t recommend going crazy and eating as much as you did on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but a little bit is enough. Maybe you could loosely track your macros, just to see where you land. If you don’t know jack-shit about macros, take a look here.
2. Working out again is kind of important
Nobody wants to workout on holidays, I get that. Working out lightly the day after will make you feel better, especially if you were in a food coma all night long.
I don’t go straight back to my regular lifting routine, but I try to just walk a little more, do some at-home high intensity interval training (HIIT) – but not too intense. Maybe I just do enough HIIT to get my heart rate up a little and then I grab a resistance band and just do whatever feels right. Who knows! Just try to do something.
3. Don’t beat yourself up – binge-eating on a holiday isn’t horrible
There is no need to try starving yourself after a holiday, and there is no reason to try and kill yourself with the hardest workout you can find. Literally none.
One day of eating “bad” or binge-eating isn’t going to make you gain all the weight you worked hard to lose, and working out to the point of passing out isn’t going to make you lose weight overnight or off-set what you ate the day before. It’s ok.
Coming from the girl who has lost 40 pounds (incase you missed it, here you go), I haven’t ruined any progress just because I ate a ridiculous amount of food on a holiday. I also didn’t speed up my weight loss by working out until passing out.
4. What helped me stay on track
Intermittent fasting. If you don’t know about it, read this: How Intermittent Fasting Changed My Life. This isn’t a joke! Out of everything I learned about losing weight and myself, intermittent fasting has been a constant tool I use to be able to eat whatever I want without going crazy. It helps me avoid binge-eating even though I rarely go off my macros!
It’s really not scary, you aren’t starving yourself so don’t get your panties in a bunch.
Intermittent fasting lets me eat whatever I want during holidays and have little to no affect on my weight the the next morning!! That’s kind of crazy and awesome, right? I’ve followed intermittent fasting and I have been able to have low weigh-ins after Thanksgiving! Seriously, you have to try it.
I don’t claim to be an expert diet/weight loss person – but I have helped plenty of people around me lose weight and build muscle. I’ve been able to lose weight through the help of others, too, and I think these tips are not so common when people are trying to figure out how to get back on track after binge-eating during the holidays.