Last week we talked about eight diet strategies to get you through the holidays. But even with the best intentions, there just might be a pig-out or two in your future. Reader's Digest has five things you never should do after a holiday binge.
1. Don't get on the scale. Our weight fluctuates daily, and if you ate a tad too much the night before, chances are your weight is up -- and much of the weight can be water from salty foods. Instead, get up and commit to eating healthy and stepping on the scale in 48 hours.
2. The next morning your stomach might still feel as if you swallowed a bowling ball, but resist the urge to skip breakfast. People who eat breakfast eat less throughout the day. You could go light -- some cottage cheese and fruit, a piece of toast with a light schmear of peanut butter, or a small bowl of oatmeal and berries. But whatever you do, eat!
3. Don't over exercise, which can result in an injury. Instead, do what you normally do. If you don't exercise, a brisk walk may be the ticket for easing that bloated belly.
4. If you overeat, be sure to get a good night's sleep. Without adequate rest, the urge to eat high-fat and high-carb foods increases, setting you up for a cycle of bad eating. Sleep. That night and the next.
5. How often have you promised yourself you will never eat another sweet or fried food as you're scarfing down too much of both? Don't do it. Instead, just get back to your usual eating patterns, perhaps increasing your fruit and veggie intake for a few days.