How to Bounce Back from Holiday Overeating

Now that Thanksgiving is over, do you feel like a bowling ball ready to roll downhill? Hopefully, your diet plans did not go south but don’t beat yourself up if you did. You need to make room for mistakes and learn that there’s always an opportunity to start again. That’s why we’re going to explore five tips to bounce back from holiday overeating. 

Let’s face it: Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, there are lots of delicious temptations waiting to skid your diet. Suppose you’re like me and maybe regretting that holiday overeating binge; there’s good news to share. You can always bounce back no matter how off track you were in the past few days. Acknowledge and accept that you got off track, then let go of it and move on.  

Here are a few more tips for recovering from holiday overeating.  

Plan for Healthy Meals

Do you know what they say about people who plan to fail? Yes, you can indulge over the holidays, but it’s also helpful to prepare sensible meals that provide a healthy alternative to mom’s pumpkin pie.  

Get Moving

Find more opportunities to be active. Being active might look like 10-minute walks around the neighborhood before dinnertime or parking your car a little farther from the grocery store. Either way, the critical part is that you’re being active, and your body will love you for it. 

Log It

One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable is to keep a food and exercise log on your phone or in a journal. Tedious, yes, but research confirms it works for weight loss and sticking with a plan. Try it, and see the results for yourself.  

Drink More Water

It might seem counterintuitive to drink water when your belly is bloated, but fluids are essential since extra salt, sugar, and alcohol can dehydrate your body. Start each morning with a tall glass of water, and then drink 2-3 liters a day. It’s important because water helps move along digestion. It can also battle sodium and carb bloat and aid with constipation.

Be Positive

Experts say low self-esteem is a crucial cause of overeating. If you need to indulge, do so, but aim for small portions, and then DON’T beat yourself up. Frustration is the diet killer that leads many people to give up. Be kind to yourself, and think positively! Train yourself to focus on your qualities, not your shortcomings, and you’ll do just fine. 

One More Thing

Is there a tip for holiday overeating that I missed? Is there something you’d like to add? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please email me at for more suggestions and feedback. Also, please subscribe to the Heart & Soul Newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday. If you’d like to learn more, please consider checking out 5 Ways to Promote Workout Accountability. 

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