diet hacksDiet hacks are a must this time of year. Thanksgiving may be over, but the holiday season is just heating up, meaning there will be lots of temptation coming your way. It’s time to undo the damage from Thanksgiving weekend and focus on a productive holiday season. Whatever you do, don’t punish yourself. Skip the guilt and move forward—preferably on the treadmill.

1. Drink loads of water.

Hydration is key for several reasons: 1) It helps flush the toxins from your system. 2) It fills you up. 3) It combats bloat and counterbalances some of the extra sodium you may have ingested over the weekend.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast.

Even if you binged the night before, try not to skip breakfast. For best results, choose an insoluble fiber- and protein-rich breakfast to start your day. This will help with digestion and ease discomfort from any heavy meals the day before.

3. Hit the gym every day this week.

Make exercise a priority this season—and do a little extra if you can. This will burn some of the extra calories you consume and keep you motivated as more invites come your way the next few weeks. Don’t throw caution to the wind like most Americans and abandon your exercise routine until after the New Year. Instead of following the lazy masses, up your exercise game during the holidays. You’ll start 2017 looking and feeling amazing—and motivated to take things to the next level.

4. Have a fruit salad.

A great way to flush your system is with potassium-rich, detoxifying fruit. Some excellent choices are bananas, kiwi, papaya, melons and berries, which combat bloating and promote healthy digestion. These are all antioxidant-rich choices that will boost your overall health as well.

5. Eat lean protein.

Fill up on lean protein to satiate hunger, promote healthy digestion and increase lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn on a daily basis. Research performed in Great Britain and Scandinavia showed that those who ate a high-protein breakfast were less hungry at lunch and dinner.

6. Adopt a dry brushing regimen.

Dry brushing is an easy, effective way to boost your lymphatic system, which eliminates toxins from your body. It also removes dead skin cells to give you a healthy glow and makes you appear more toned. Use Sisal louffas for best results.

7. Spike your meals.

Swap fattening mayo and other condiments for spices, herbs and hot sauces that infuse flavor to your meals while boosting your metabolism. Many spices and herbs have antioxidant properties, so you’ll improve your health as well. Some excellent choices include turmeric, garlic, rosemary, parsley, saffron, red pepper, cumin, sage, ginger, peppermint, cinnamon and nutmeg.

8. Avoid sodas.

An easy thing to give up this time of year is soda, which are a source of nothing but empty calories. They’re not as satisfying as other drinks and have no beneficial nutritional content. Considering the holiday meals and festivities you may attend this season, it should be easy to cast them out.

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