I don’t want to scare you but are officially on the verge of holiday (gorging) season…and with it a myriad of food temptations and weight gain traps. If you just start preparing NOW you can make sure to sidestep all the usual weight gain that occurs every year.
“The extra pounds you put on between Halloween and Christmas can take more than five months to lose.” -Cornell University
Do these 5 things NOW to start getting in the right mind set and body:
Eat more Veggies: Your mom was right, eating vegetables really is a good idea, especially when aiming to drop pounds. Why? There are a couple of reasons. First, veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, which means that you’re filling up without packing on pounds. Second, the vitamins and minerals in fresh vegetables nourish your body and cut down on cravings.
Can’t always get enough? Turn to the best in greens drinks (it’s tasty AND gonna keep you from getting sick): Check out Athletic Greens
Add five Minutes: Each week, between now and New Years, I want you to add 5 minutes to your workouts. Just five more minutes. The slight increase from week to week will hardly be noticeable, but the extra fat burn will pay off nicely. Use these extra five minutes to do intense burst of exercise, such as burpees, squat to presses and walking lunges.
If you’re already a member of our SWEAT Bootcamp, simply run down the raod like many other successful member are doing to hit their goals.
Double up on Water: Not only will staying extra hydrated help your skin to have a healthy glow, it will also speed up your fat loss efforts. Most of us are walking around in a state of chronic dehydration, which contributes to fatigue, stubborn weight gain and constipation. By drinking more water throughout the day, and by limiting your intake of caffeinated beverages, you’ll become healthier and more radiant.
Eat low Carb after 4pm: One of the easiest ways to drop a few inches around your waist before the holidays is to eat low carb after 4pm each day. This means eating dinners that are centered around salads and vegetables rather than breads and pastas. If you simply must have your oatmeal or whole grain bread each day, then eat it for breakfast or lunch and give low carb dinners a try – starting with the recipe for Greek Stew below. Don’t forget that sugar counts as carbs, so skip that sugary dessert and try a grapefruit for dessert.
Here’s the thing- I love carbs and think that they are necessary when losing weight, but, going low carb at night immediately makes us accountable to NOT bingeing at night!
Train with Us: If you’re not yet one of my beloved clients, then now is the time. I’d love to get you into phenomenal shape before New Years, and to give you the foundation that will keep you lean and healthy for life.
Call or email today and we will get you started this week on an exercise program that will get you back in control of your body. Also, I’ll be dropping an email only offer next week for those of you that aren’t training with us at the gym currently- it’ll help you to stay to track through the holidays and make sure not to experience any terrible weight gain!