How to Get Back on Track after your Summer Holiday

We all love to go on summer vacation – it’s great for rejuvenating your mind, but it might take a toll on your body with all the food, fun parties, and lack of sleep. Here are a few ideas to help you get back on track.

Sleep

Your body prefers a regular rhythm. You might need some catch-up sleep from jet lag. If you nap, try to limit it to half an hour, to be able to fall asleep at night.

Drink plenty of water

Rehydrate and flush out toxins by drinking pure water. There is no need for special cleanses or detox diets (your liver, kidneys, and skin will do the job).

Forget the scale

Avoid the scale for the first few days, to avoid disappointment. If you gained weight, don’t try to lose it too quickly—half to one kilo of weight loss a week is fast enough.

Take a break from eating out

When you make your own meals, you’re in control of the ingredients and can avoid the empty calories and excess sugar found in many restaurant meals.

Exercise

Your ideal workout plan will depend on your health, age, diet, schedule, goals, and many other factors. Make it an enjoyable activity—join a dance class, join a gym or pool, or just commit to running or riding your bike regularly on your own. (If you need extra motivation, grab a partner.)

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t feel guilty overwhat you should have done differently over the summer, or feel guilty about indulging while you were on vacation. Beresponsible enough for establishing good habits now and keep your goals top of mind without agonizing over each decision. Focus on the present.

Eat more frequently

People who keep their weight off for more than a few eat at least five times a day. Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, boost your energy, improve your mood and even speed your metabolism, since the process of digestion itself burns calories.

(Credit: Nathalie Djabrayan, Licensed Clinical Dietitian)