Went overboard with your eating last night? Don’t panic! It may not be as bad as you think, no matter the guilt you feel afterwards! Whether you had two giant slices of cakes and a couple of glasses of wine at a friend’s birthday party, or a whole serving of rich nasi-lemak with cendol afterwards, try this 5-step fix.
1. Do a reality check
As full and heavy as you may feel, the numbers don’t lie. It takes 3500 extra calories to gain half a kilogram of body fat. So unless you ate 6 slices of cake and drank 8 glasses of wine. you’re in the clear.
2. Get enough H2O
Drink 8 to 10 cups throughout the day to flush out any excess sodium that could cause water retention. Drinking less water can actually cause your body to store, leaving you with bloatedness and feeling heavy.
3. Eat balanced meal
Last night is over, so don’t starve yourself to make up for the calories consumed then. Starving yourself often backfires, slowing your metabolism and setting you up for another binge later on. Get yourself a delicious and nutritious meal that can help curb hunger pangs and keep you satisfied.
4. Fill up on fiber
Consuming too much of the wrong foods can lead to short-term constipation and bloating. Keep your digestive system humming with fiber-rich foods, like black beans (15 grams per cup), artichokes (10 grams for a medium one), raspberries (8 grams per cup), and barley (6 grams per cup).
5. Work up a sweat
Stay on that stair-climber for 15 extra minutes or park far from your office and walk the distance briskly – you’ll burn up to 115 additional calories. Or simply keep to your regular cardio, and add another 10 minutes to it for the same purpose.