The American Heart Association reports that some people gain 5 to 10 unwanted pounds over the course of the holiday season–between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Here are a few tips from shine.com that can help you start the New Year on the right—and maybe lighter—foot:
1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to beat dehydration. Alcohol consumption, fatty foods, and insufficient water are some of the main reasons people feel “hung over” and heavy from the holidays. Every cell in your body needs adequate water to function properly so try to drink at least 2 liters a day to flush fat and toxins out.
2. Take a high-quality B-complex and vitamin C supplement, both of which are depleted by alcohol consumption and stress—and chances are you had both during the holidays.
3. Eat fruit in the morning on an empty stomach—fruit is the best food to keep the lymphatic system cleansed and moving properly. The lymphatic system is what I call “the body’s version of a street-cleaner”—it sweeps up toxins, fat, and the by-products of bodily processes to lessen pain, inflammation, cellulite, and toxic overload in the body.