The Best Way To Lose Holiday Weight

The best option, obviously, is if you don’t put on any holiday weight, but that can be hard if you have a lot of holiday parties or events to go to. The other thing that can be frustrating is that I used to find that if I put on five pounds from Christmas to New Year’s Eve, then sometimes it would take three months or more to lose the weight I put on in just seven days. If that happens to you too, it can be frustrating.

Why Is It So Hard to Lose Holiday Weight?

Once your body does that, then your body will want to keep you at that new baseline weight and then the holiday weight will become much harder to lose. So ideally you should lose the holiday weight you put on from Christmas to New Year’s Eve in January, that’s the easiest time to lose it because your body hasn’t reset its baseline weight to be that new weight yet.

What Can You Do?

The reason I don’t recommend these options long term is that once your body gets used to the lesser calories or fasting usually your weight loss will plateau. You can only calorie restrict or fast to a certain point before you’re basically starving yourself and that’s not healthy for you. The other problem is that when you’re not eating enough food, you may not get enough nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will help prevent other long-term diseases like cancer.

How to Try Post-Holiday Intermittent Fasting

Fast for one meal a day, and don’t have any cheat meals for the two weeks you’re fasting. Normally I recommend three cheat meals per week, but you probably had a lot of extra cheat meals during the holidays, so no cheat meals from January 1st to 14th to offset the extra food you ate during the holidays.

How To Try Post-Holiday Calorie Restriction

You should have 25% less food per meal than you normally would. These are the usual healthy meals that you’re eating. For example, if you normally eat two eggs for breakfast, then you’d have one and a half eggs. If you normally have a salad for lunch then you’d have 75% of the salad. You may end up throwing away some food, but you’re not doing this long term. You’re just doing it for two weeks, and if you’re able to get back to your pre-holiday weight, then it’s going to be worth it.

Short-Term Weight Loss

If you do try it, let me know how it works out, I’d love to hear about it!

P.S. Here’s my recent review of the Apple Watch ECG.

Originally published on If We Were Family.

I’m a cardiologist, consulting and providing advisory services in health tech.