Best Way to Shed Holiday Weight Gain

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If you find that some extra weight may have crept on over the holidays, this is the best way to shed holiday weight.

If you’ve indulged over the holiday season or cut down on your activity during the winter months, you may have packed on a few extra pounds. Wouldn’t you like to shed that holiday weight gain before the warm weather returns?

Rather than choosing the latest diet of the week, you could, instead, implement some sound weight loss strategies that have been proven to be effective in losing weight and keeping it off.

Here are some tips to help you say “good bye” to those extra pounds forever:

Exercise

Staying indoors more during the holiday and winter season doesn’t mean you need to be less active! Follow these exercise techniques to bring you a variety of activities to tone up and slim down.

  1. Begin slowly. Don’t overdo it when you begin to exercise – you’ll only strain muscles!
  • Invest in a good pair of walking shoes and begin by walking for fifteen minutes per day.
  • When you feel your body adjusting to the fifteen minutes, walk longer.
  • Do this with any exercise, inside or out, to build a healthy, strong, and slimmer body.
  1. Enjoy variety. Doing the same exercise over and over again is a good way to fail before you begin. Include an assortment of exercises in your plan. Make it fun!
  • For example, combine yoga with strength training. If you don’t have strength training equipment, use canned foods or other items as your weights.
  • Any activity that gets you moving is an exercise. Play actively with your pets or children. Put on some music and dance while you cook or clean house.
  • Instead of sitting on the couch, ride an exercise bike while you watch TV.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  1. Enlist a friend. The easiest way to keep up with your exercise routine is to have someone by your side who also wants to lose weight. Remind each other how important your weight loss goals are.
  2. Set goals and keep track of them. Get a diary or notebook and write down your goals. Keep track of how much weight you’re losing and what types of exercises you’re doing.

How to Eat Well Year-Round

Eating nutritiously year-round is the best way to keep off those extra holiday and winter pounds. It will also help you lose excess weight, give your body the nutrients it craves, and make you feel good!

Here are some simple healthy eating tips:

  1. Try to stick to a 1,500 to 2,000 a day calorie diet. Yes, calories do count. If you’re unsure what your caloric intake should be (as it can vary from age, sex, and even height), enlist your doctor’s help or ask a nutritionist.
  2. Eat a well-balanced variety of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. You don’t need to become a vegetarian, but including as many fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as possible will bring you a plethora of benefits.
  • Substitute fruits and vegetables for unhealthy snacks and calorie-laden desserts.
  • Can’t find fresh fruits during the winter months? Frozen fruits with no added sugar are a good backup choice.
  1. Keep your portions at acceptable levels. Don’t pile on that food! Just because fast-food restaurants are supersizing everything, it doesn’t mean you should too.
  2. Eat good carbs. Many fruits, veggies, legumes, and grains are full of the good carbohydrates your body needs. They’re also high in vitamins, fibers, and minerals and free of cholesterol.
  3. Drink water. Every cell in your body needs water to function properly. Drinking lots of water will not only keep you well hydrated, but it also can help you lose weight. For example, a glass of water before a meal can help you control overeating.

Shedding that winter weight is a reachable goal if you follow these tips. However, don’t feel like you have to make each of these changes tomorrow. Sometimes when people make too many drastic changes at once they have a harder time sticking with their plan.

Work on making one or two of these changes each week to get used to them. Before you know it, these weight loss strategies will be second nature to you and you’ll avoid those holiday pounds altogether!

Please Share Your Thoughts

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1. How do you change up your exercise routine?

2. Which new exercise would you be willing to try to spice up your work-out routine?

How To Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals This Year—GUARANTEED!

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Have you failed at your weight loss goals in the past? Take these steps to get you on track to achieving them this year.

If you’ve asked yourself time and time again how to achieve your weight loss goals, tried to lose weight and failed, you’re probably thinking that it’s a mighty difficult task to accomplish. Do you feel like you’ve tried every diet out there and nothing works?

Don’t give up! Achieving your weight loss goals might be easier than you think!

Small Changes = Big Results

As you’ve no doubt noticed, weight loss isn’t a quick fix. You can’t go on a two-week diet, lose the weight, and then think that the weight will stay off for good. Even if you’re really good about following a diet at first, you’ll more than likely gain the weight back.

Why?

It’s because a two-week diet does nothing to alter your lifestyle. The best results come from changes that you incorporate into your daily life, and many of these changes aren’t drastically different from what you do now.

You can even continue to enjoy the foods you love as long as you do so with a wise plan!

If you make a series of small changes, one at a time, you’ll give yourself a chance to get used to them. It won’t seem like such a shock to your system when you introduce the changes gradually. Sooner than you think, you’ll lose the weight and gain the healthy body and lifestyle that you desire!

Here are some weight loss tips to implement into your new lifestyle:

1. Use low fat milk. When you use low fat milk, you’ll still get the nutritious benefits of milk, but without all the fat grams. Try substituting skim, 1%, or soy milk in your cereal, coffee, and cooking.

2. Cut out soda. Soda is a big offender when it comes to empty calories. The best thing you can do for your body is to replace the soda you’re drinking with water. Water is critical to your good health. It also helps fill you up and has zero calories, no matter how much you drink!

If you’re having trouble kicking the soda habit, try alternating soda and water each time you go to get a drink. This will gradually get you used to less soda and increase your water intake.

3. Start walking. If a regular exercise routine is difficult for you, strive to walk more often. Walking doesn’t feel so much like true exercise, but it is and you’ll be rewarded for it.

• Park farther from the store so you have to walk a little distance.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
• Go for an enjoyable walk with your neighbor. You can visit, catch up, and exercise all at the same time!

4. Watch your portion sizes. Portion sizes just keep getting larger and larger. You may not even realize that you’re consuming a portion that’s much too large for you. Look up what a healthy portion size really is for the meal you’ve chosen. You might be surprised at the results!

• Start your meals with a full glass of water.
• Combat oversized portions by using smaller plates.
• Half your plate should be vegetables, a quarter should be protein, and the other quarter should be carbohydrates.
• Give yourself the correct amount of food and then refrain from seconds.

5. Have desserts sparingly. Save desserts for special occasions or times when you deserve a nice treat. Avoid eating them every day, or you’ll be adding massive amounts of calories to your daily intake.

• It’s a good idea to plan ahead for occasional desserts and only buy them for those certain meals. That way, they aren’t there tempting you the rest of the time.

• Have plenty of healthy snacks available to curb hunger or cravings in between meals.

You can easily turn these tips into healthy habits by incorporating them into your lifestyle one at a time. Get used to one tip before you add another one. Most of them involve only small changes. However, these small changes will enable you to achieve your weight loss goals this year..GUARANTEED!

Please Share Your Thoughts

In the comments below, share with us:
1. What are your weight loss goals for the new year?

2. What lifestyle changes are you willing to make to achieve your weight loss goals?