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Sensible Ideas for Your Post-Easter Weight Loss Schedule

Sensible Ideas for Your Post Easter Weight Loss Schedule Cropped image of woman feet standing on weigh scales, on gray background. Legs winded with a tape measure

So many chocolate eggs, double servings of wonderful glazed ham and it’s no wonder that my pants don’t fit that well after Easter. So how to deal with the sometimes-necessary post-Easter weight loss? There are a few things you can try. Nothing too complicated or too restrictive.

It always seems strange to me that once Halloween happens, we live in a non-stop holiday. There’s Thanksgiving, then Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day with its chocolate treats and then there’s Easter. The Cornell Food Lab did research on this and found that people actually manage to lose the winter holidays weight gain after Easter because the holidays just keep on coming. People usually gain about 1.3 pounds during the holiday season, which peaks during Christmas, and then finally lose this weight after Easter.

So now that Easter has come and gone, again, with its many treats, and it seems that spring is finally at our door, it’s time to get of our butts and get just a tiny bit in shape. The following list doesn’t have huge sacrifices, just small and effective tips for you.

 

Sensible Ideas for Your Post Easter Weight Loss Schedule

Spring is finally here and it has so many vitamins and nutrients for us!

6 tips and tricks for post-Easter weight loss

1. Enjoy the spring cornucopia

Take advantage of the fresh produce brought over by the warm weather. So many green things. Let go of potato dishes, which tend to be a bit on the unhealthy side, and go for artichokes, asparagus, avocado, fennel, fresh beets, and radishes, among others. Radishes also help you cultivate luminous skin, so it’s a win-win! I want to give a glowing review to spring onions as well, which I like to have as a snack, dipping one in a tiny mound of salt and chomping it away until there’s nothing left.

Bonus? Greens have more fiber and they’re more likely to leave you satisfied after your meal.

2. Work on optical portion control

There are studies out there that tell us we can trick ourselves when it comes to having smaller or bigger servings. If you’re having fatty foods, plate size matters! Use a smaller plate and you’re less likely to have a second serving. And if you want to trick your brain to do the right thing and have more healthy food, place your greens or salads on a larger plate or in a larger bowl and you’ll get more nutrients that way!

Sensible Ideas for Your Post Easter Weight Loss Schedule

When it comes to your appetite and portion control, plate size matters!

3. Run for at least 10 minutes

Do this a few times every week: 3-4 should do the trick. And we don’t recommend this just because you’ll lose weight like that, but because it will make you feel more relaxed and happy. And also satisfied that you are doing something for yourself. A lot of cravings are trying to fill some sort of emotional void, so working on your emotional state is quite important if you’re going to make this post-Easter weight loss thing work.

Running will also give you more energy (thus replacing sugary snacks in some capacity) and it will help regulate your appetite.

4. Work on sleeping well

Daylight savings time just happened recently, and it really destroyed my sleeping schedule (probably because I am getting older). Not to mention that long weekends and celebrating with family usually throws off circadian rhythms. If that’s the case for you, too, then work on regulating your sleep. My advice is always the same: take a shower and go to bed one hour before you want to be asleep. Don’t look at your phone, tablet, or laptop. Take up a book – this helps me disconnect from my thoughts and worries every night.

Don’t forget that lack of sleep is one of the causes of binge-eating, so a good night’s sleep is always important to your diet.

Sensible Ideas for Your Post Easter Weight Loss Schedule

Your phone or tablet will keep you awake if you take them to bed with you.

5. Keep your meal schedule tight

Eating at regular times really helps with post-Easter weight loss. If your body is accustomed to a meal schedule, the results can only be positive. If you skip a meal, then your energy levels will lower considerably, and you’ll be prone to fatty and sugary snacking.

6. Don’t make too many changes

Don’t give up on everything sweet. You probably still have some Easter leftovers and it would be sad to throw them away. Instead, just have less of the sweet foods than you did during the holidays. Reduce the quantities gradually, so your body won’t be that desperate for sugar treats. Plus, if you just set aside everything you like, you’re more likely to give in to temptation when cravings come knocking at your door.

Sensible Ideas for Your Post Easter Weight Loss Schedule

We won't ask the world of you. Just reduce your sugar intake a little.

I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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