Nutrition

How to Cleanse Your Body After the Holidays

You know the holidays are over when the gifts are all unwrapped, the needles are starting to fall off the Christmas tree and there’s turkey leftovers in the fridge. Although the holidays are a festive time to share with family and friends, it’s also a time when you’re most prone to overeating and drinking. How can you cleanse your body after the holidays? Step 1: stop feeling guilty and resorting to miracle methods that are typically dangerous! You can cleanse your body from the inside out with a few simple habits. This mini post-holiday guide will help you feel happy and healthy again in your body and mind.

HERE’S WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER THE HOLIDAYS: START DETOXING

During the holidays, it’s tempting to wolf down fork after fork of food, which ultimately can make you feel bloated. Then your stomach feels stretched and your head is throbbing in the aftermath of too many drinks from the night before. The #1 rule is to not give in to the current trends. Detox miracle diets are really attractive after the holidays because they appeal to your desire to get fit again and shrink your waistline after the New Year’s.

cleanse your body after the holidays 01

The truth is, there’s no point in detoxification (or “detox” for short) and it can even have adverse health effects. Health organizations have warned against the dangers of detox, a method that perpetuates the idea that your diet is full of toxins that you need to eliminate through fasting and/or drinking special beverages. But actually, your body is like a well-oiled machine. It can eliminate toxins on its own. Your skin, kidneys and liver all work together to rid your body of harmful substances.

What’s more, currently no scientific study or demonstration has been able to prove that detox actually works. Going on a liquid-only diet, or worse, a mono diet where you eat only one type of food can have some serious consequences for your health by making you feel exhausted and dehydrated, causing cramps and dropping your blood pressure. So why go through all this when it won’t do you any good in the end? All that to say that eating nothing but apples for three days won’t help.

In reality, the weight that detox fans claim they’ve lost is only temporary. Detox mostly removes water from your body and the weight you lose while detoxing will come back the second you revert to your usual eating habits. It can also make you lose muscle mass, which sometimes can’t be reversed. Just say no to the yo-yo effect and a radical weight loss “solution” like detox. You CAN cleanse your body after the holidays without putting it in harm’s way.

HOW TO EAT A BALANCED DIET AGAIN TO CLEANSE YOUR BODY AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

After you’ve given in to some indulgences here and some indulgences there, you’re probably determined to get back your pre-holiday physique. The old fable The Tortoise and the Hare is well known, but you might have forgotten the moral of the story: slow and steady wins the race. You have to take the right path in order to get the right results. Steer clear of diet plans and weight loss gadgets. It’s easy to cleanse your body of a few holiday indulgences. Just get back into your normal, yet balanced eating habits.

cleanse your body after the holidays 02

Having one large meal after another bloats up your stomach. Shrink it back down to its regular size with smaller servings. One way to make this easier is to use a dessert plate instead of a dinner plate so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out. If you suddenly get hunger pangs in the middle of the day, have a small snack that’s high in protein to quickly satisfy your craving. Try some yogurt topped with dried fruit, a slice of ham or a hard-boiled egg. These are all great ways to get back down to your normal weight.

But whatever you do, don’t feel guilty. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed! You don’t need to go on strict diet plan to cleanse your body… just rethink the way you eat.

EXERCISE IS A MUST

Sitting around a table doing nothing but eating for a few days won’t hurt, but once the new year arrives, it’s time to get moving. If you want to cleanse your body after the holidays, you also need to make up for your lack of physical activity, and what better way to do that than with a FizzUp workout to make you break a sweat! You’ll release toxins, burn excess fat with some cardio* and start building your cardiovascular system again with the right amount of physical demand. Feel great in your own skin when you use exercises to boost endorphin and dopamine levels. The first hormone brings about a feeling of euphoria, so say goodbye to the post-holiday blues! And the second hormone relieves the fatigue that many people experience after the holidays and makes you feel amazing from the inside out.

cleanse your body after the holidays 03

You can use exercise to cleanse your body both during AND after the holidays. Click here for a few tips you can use next year (or whenever you might be tempted to eat too much) on how to avoid overeating without depriving yourself. Don’t go thinking that you need to start running for an hour every day to get your body back. All you need is 20 minutes of exercise, 3 times a week with personalized workouts based on the HIIT method to keep you burning calories well after your workout’s over. With FizzUp, all you have to do is let the trainer be your guide! You’ll already feel the difference in just a few weeks.

YOUR PLAN OF ACTION AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

The easiest and most effective way to cleanse your body after the holidays is to pair a balanced and wholesome diet with a lasting workout routine. Be kind to yourself and give yourself the time to get your pre-holiday body back. FizzUp fitness training is there for you every step of the way to your goal.

Everyone here at FizzUp wishes you a happy and healthy 2018!

Do you have any other tips that help you balance your eating habits and cleanse your body after the holidays? We’re all ears!

*FizzUp Premium feature

The Author

FizzUp Staff

FizzUp Staff

As passionate bloggers, the FizzUp Staff’s sole purpose is to motivate the community with insightful and fun articles. Team spirit is one of our core values, whether we’re at work or exercising together in the FizzUp Box.