Did you enjoy Thanksgiving? Did you eat more food that you ate in a whole year? Stuck with Turkey leftovers, trimmings and lots of cake? Did you spend the next day eating up as much as you could?

If you can identify with these questions, and if you ran from the scale for fear of breaking it or hearing it squeal from the weight, then this article is for you (and for me too since I am in the same situation!).

Generally speaking, after the party and celebration is over, we may feel heavy and swollen. This is because we ate more food than we are accustomed to. And perhaps we drank too much sugar-laden beverages, or consumed alcohol in excessive amounts.  In addition, we no doubt included ingredients we are not accustomed to eating. Even the most athletic and healthy person can neglect these issues during such an event. What’s the result? Usually, we gain a few extra pounds and feel very unhappy with our new look!

If this is the case we need to detoxify! In just one week and following some simple steps, we can lose any extra pounds we have gained. To begin, it is fair to say there is no magic potion when it comes to losing weight. We simply need to eat fewer calories than we normally consume on a daily basis. For example, if you have a diet of 1500 to 2000 calories a day, you need to burn more than that to lose the weight. Or you may opt for this next step: Reduce the calories and exercise a little more. Remember: Without both steps, you will not reach your goal. On the other hand, the minimum recommended amount of calories in a diet is 600. But this is used only in extreme cases of overweight issues, and under continuous medical control.

  1. Drink plenty of water

Drink at least 2 liters of water per day. An uncle of mine who was a doctor always told me I need to drink more than my feelings of thirst,  and I need to eat less than my hungry desire. Water is both purifying and detoxifying. If you add a little sugar-free lemon and some tasty raspberry, you will have a natural detoxifying diuretic.

  1. Eat fruits and vegetables

Pineapple, strawberries, berries in general and grapefruit (among others) are great for detoxifying and purifying the body. They also have fewer calories and sugar. Try to avoid prunes, plantains, bananas and avocados. Although they are delicious, they have a lot of calories. Include them in your diet with moderation.

There are many vegetables that provide good vitamin content with few calories since they are mostly water. Among these we can list lettuce, celery, zucchini, eggplants, spinach, onion, asparagus and tomatoes.  Potatoes, sweet potatoes and beets have more calories, so eat them in moderation.

However, mushrooms add flavor to your meals with very little calories!

  1. Reduce red meat, beans, flour and dairy products.

This does not mean you can’t eat a portion of pasta! Just reduce the quantity to the size of a dessert plate, and preferably without Parmesan cheese. If you eat dairy, remember to get nonfat and use cheeses with little fat. You will quickly realize which ones apply, because the most delicious foods are usually the most fattening! If possible, include white, lean meat.

During your detoxification week, try not to eat cookies, desserts and sweets. In addition, avoid fats and legumes in excess. Replace these cravings with midafternoon snacks or dried fruits such as walnuts, almonds, baby carrots and fruit at noon.

  1. Create a good routine

Put together a good daily exercise routine. With only 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, you will accelerate your metabolism and start to feel better. Soon you will want to exercise more and eat less! Run, walk, ride a bike or swim if you don’t practice a specific sport.

  1. Avoid alcohol

Alcohol adds many empty calories, in other words, it has no proteins. White drinks and beer are full of calories. So you must minimize or avoid them if you want to lose weight. In addition, alcohol in general takes away your energy and makes us more sedentary and lazy.  If you like red wine, include one glass per week. One glass only has 125 calories. Well worth it, don’t you think?

  1. Reduce the salt

Who doesn’t like French fries with lots of salt? Sorry, but this is not a great idea for a diet plan! On one hand, fried foods block our arteries. If we add salt in excess to this mix, we will retain bodily fluids. Both of these are harmful to our health and body.

Try baked potatoes instead with little or no oil. Use garlic salt or celery, or anything that has low sodium. In a few days you will notice the change when your body stops retaining fluids.

I hope you find these tips useful! If you are really overweight or want to lose a few pounds, get a nutritionist to help you put together a sensible eating plan tailored just for you!

Best of luck!