Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season is challenging for everyone. Staying on track can seem so daunting, you feel like swan-diving into the eggnog and sending your sensible routine into hibernation until the New Year. But, as we all know, excess pounds don’t disappear along with the decorations. And nobody wants to start the new year in the hole, body-wise.
Here are a few tips to avoiding that holiday weight gain this year!
Weigh yourself twice a week
That’s often enough to make sure you stay on track, but not so often that you take all the fun out of holiday noshing. Step on the scale first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty after your first pee of the day. This is your true weight for the day and this is when you should weigh yourself all the time, if you HAVE TO weigh in.
Start your day with a bang
Exercising in the morning can help ensure better behavior all day long. Wake up 15 minutes earlier to get a quick cardio or strength training session in. I bet that’ll be the best 15 minutes of your day! Remember to take your thermogenics like BXT Burn, Xfactor or Xtreme Slim and Xtreme Burn approximately 20 minutes before your workout to get a sweat! Follow our Fitness and Health Inspiration for Women on Facebook to get ideas on quick workout ideas. www.facebook.com/bxtstacked. Researchers found that when women worked out in the a.m., they not only moved more the rest of the day, but they also responded less to pictures of tempting food compared with the days they didn’t do a morning workout. The upshot: fewer
cravings for high-fat fare.
Be picky, picky, picky
Peruse the buffet before you load your plate to avoid foods you don’t really want. If, for instance, you could take or leave sushi but adore sliders, don’t start with the tuna rolls hoping to be able to resist the two-bite burger. Taking an appetite suppressant like Xtreme Slim or Simply Skinny Elite before your meal will help tremendously with your over eating decisions.
Just say no—everywhere
Willpower is like a muscle: Work it and you get stronger. What’s key is to practice keeping yourself in check in non-food situations, too. Envision yourself happier and satisfied that you were able to control your cravings and say no to that holiday dessert you wanted.
Avoid banking calories
Cutting back all day so you can indulge at an event that night only sets you up for a pig-out and is not a healthy way of eating. Banking calories for one event is a diet disaster. You’ll end up feelilng slow and sluggish all day due to your metabolism being drained from starvation. Eat small meals throughout the day with low calorie snacks.
Concentrate your workouts
So what if you can’t get to your favorite yoga class or find time for the treadmill? For example, jumping rope for 15 minutes torches about 190 calories; a quick yoga sequence at home can help you stay flexible.
Don’t swear off desserts
But practice the three-bite rule to keep your sweet tooth in check. You’ll get that amazing first taste, a satisfying middle one, and then a lingering third bite.
Avoid morning-after food
Have the night of your life, then send guests home with food-filled Tupperware.
Out of sight, out of mind
Under the spell of that peppermint bark you co-worker brought to the office? Before you succumb, try this simple trick: Place the thumb and fingers of one hand on your forehand, a half inch apart.
Tap each finger one at a time, once per second, telling yourself, “Hold on.” Wait 15-20 minutes (return phone calls, check email), and the craving will disappear. Sounds crazy, but it works
Eat your H20
Instead of trying to down eight glasses of water (near impossible when you’re busy), have a green salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette and a few slices of avocado. These water-rich foods help keep you hydrated, so that everything moves through your system faster.
Keep calm and kick cravings
Stressed by the sight of that holiday spread? Take deep breaths before you grab a plate. Research suggests that women who practice stress reduction techniques are able to prevent weight gain. If cravings are what hold you down, Xtreme Slim or Simply Skinny Elite will be your BFF during the holiday season.
Keep your eye on the prize…a slimmer you!
Mindful snacking is one way to weigh less without stress. Mindless snacking will prevent the weight loss you’re working so hard to accomplish.
Imbibe with caution.
Alcohol accomplishes two negatives: extra calories without nutrition, and a relaxing of inhibitions. You need all your willpower to resist the cheese dips and fried snacks, so staying sober is a good strategy.
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Toni Sweeney is a Triple Certified Ketogenic Diet and Primal Health Coach and weight loss expert who personally lost 80 pounds while making a total lifestyle change. The founder of TS Transformations, her formulas and plans has helped thousands of women lose weight and keep it off forever.