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Just because the thick of the holidays are basically, well here, it doesn’t mean your weight has to suffer. Take it easy! STOP overdoing it, and then quick fixing!! There are no such thing as “skinny pills”, these types of weight loss methods are horrible on both your body and your brain! Your body will be bouncing far from your weight management goals before you can even wash those skinny jeans. Slow and Steady Always wins the race so quit wasting time, money and energy. Just stay focused on being in the present moment, and if you splurge so be it, enjoy it – don’t beat yourself up!
Why wait till January to make a lifestyle difference? Start now!! Exercise will result in less of a weight gain (if any) and will help balance out some of the extra indulgences (holiday meals, goodies & alcohol). Invest in yourself, make the time to spend an hour in the gym 4-6 days per week, or build a modified exercise program that you can do at home before you start your day (yoga is great) or you could exercise in shorter bouts. Take a walk with family instead of lounging around the house eating. Try some of these group classes: Zumba, kickboxing, yoga and spin class are all great fat blasters (you can burn between 400 – 1000 calories depending on how hard you push yourself).
Don’t spend hours beating up your body by overdoing it in the gym after some ill advised eating choices. On top of all the additional added stress this season, you don’t need to put it on your body too. By overtraining, you will put unnecessary strains on muscles and joints that could result in over training injuries (tears or sprains) which will put you off for weeks. Your immune system won’t be able to keep up either, and you will become easily irritable and overtired and unpleasant to be around. Needless to say over-training is extremely harmful!!
Activate your willpower when you are at the table or an event, remind yourself how hard you work to be fit and healthy. Take a bite or two instead of eating the whole plate, and do your best to stay away from mindless treats like the 510 calorie eggnogg latte from Starbucks! On the other hand, under no circumstance should you get to the point of starvation, because you definitely won’t have the willpower to stand up against all the “extra holiday cheer” if you are hungry. Fill up on healthy stuff (think fiber, protein, vegetables) before heading to that cocktail party, because the booze will inherently alter your idea of what a healthy (good) idea is.
Using starvation, low-calorie fad diets, or magic skinny pills are all very bad ideas any time of year (especially over the holidays)! Food is your fuel, as gas is to a car. Eat good food to keep energy levels intact (exhaustion is often confused with hunger), if you eat enough good stuff you will be less likely to crave sugary crap. You need energy, think of all the running around, cooking, hosting, shopping, traveling you will be doing. These diets strip your body of MUSCLE. Muscle burns fat and lowers the rate at which you burn calories when you aren’t doing anything (BMR), plus your body will crave everything in site. Keep in mind that you can’t lose more than 2lbs per week healthily, so when you go off the nonsense diet you won’t have the muscle to burn all the food you have started eating, which will put all that weight back on and then some!
Eat balanced meals regularly (every few hours). By nourishing your body with whole grains, lean proteins, and vegetables (eating real food), and by exercising regularly you will have a healthy peaceful mind state to get through this holiday season and enjoy yourself. Don’t you want to start the New Year strong, fit, healthy and ready to kick it in a bikini, or with your shirt off come February beach vacation?
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