Best Diets for After the Holidays

Best Diets for After the Holidays

It is not uncommon to gain weight during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Years. Different diets work for different people to help lose holiday weight, and when combined with an exercise routine are the best ways to lose pounds. Be sure to check with a medical professional before beginning a diet or exercise routine and clear your choice of diet. Remember: if one doesn’t work, try another until you find the right fit, and if you find yourself giving up, make or find a support group of other people also looking to lose weight.

Most Effective Diets

Low Carbohydrate Diets

High protein, low carbohydrate diets are good for losing weight because they reduce hunger. Several studies have shown that those who use such diets are less hungry than those using traditional low calorie diets. The key to this diet is that the dieter maintains a relatively high protein intake (usually around 30% of the diet or more) and dramatically reduces carbohydrate intake. Examples of the low carb diets are Atkins and Protein Power, although there are a number of others.

Low Calorie Diets

Diets that reduce calories are effective for losing weight and dropping extra holiday pounds. These focus on calculating the number of calories a person needs in a day to maintain their weight and reducing it by between 500 to 1000 calories a day for slow and steady weight loss. Some of these diets, such as Weight Watchers, offer support groups in person or online that help a number of people stick with the diet. Other low calorie diets include the DASH diet and Diet to Go.

Other Diets (Under Close Physician Supervision)

Very Low Calorie Diets

Very low calorie diets are an extreme form of near starvation to lose weight. They are quite effective for weight loss, but must be done under the supervision of a doctor as this diet has a number of side effects and could be dangerous.

Detox Diets

Detox diets focus on removing some toxin from the body (or detoxifying the body). These may be pure fasting, may involve a juice or honey-water only diet, or may involve the removal of certain foods from the diet, such as cooked foods or fat. Detox diets done for a long time may be unhealthy; it is very important to consult with a medical professional before detoxing and to make sure that the length of detoxing you will do for weight loss is approved by the doctor.


Although reducing calories alone is effective for losing weight, the best way to lose weight after the holidays is to integrate a good exercise routine in your life, starting small. Most diet plans encourage exercising as it is good not just for weight loss, but for your body (and heart) as well

Categories: Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss