One of the great things about the holiday season is time spent with family and friends. Then there's the food, which is often wonderful – and distinctly high in calories. Come New Year's, you’re likely to be looking for a way to shed some extra pounds. Getting back into your fitness or health routine can be a challenge, but with these tips you are sure to get a head start on getting back to your goal weight in no time!
Cut the Carbs and Sugar
Easier said than done; we get it. Cutting back during and after the holidays can be a challenge when all of your favorite foods tease you to take a bite. But, after the holiday meal try not to take any leftovers home. Cut the carbs and sugars and stick to healthy and fresh meals that are balanced with the proper foods and vegetables. Plan a meal prep that focuses on low carb and low sugar after the holidays to reset your body’s cravings.
Get Off the Couch
If you want to lose weight, exercise is a must. First, vigorous exercise provides you with afterburn, a period of increased metabolism that burns more calories. Second, regular exercise promotes heart health and endurance. Third, exercise helps build muscle, which takes up less space than fat – even if you don't lose an ounce, you'll look slimmer. At a minimum, spend 30 minutes a day doing vigorous aerobic exercise and another 30 minutes three times a week doing strength-building exercises like lifting weights.
In addition to diet and exercise, other simple strategies can help promote weight loss. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of obesity, so make sure you get the recommended seven to nine hours a night. Whole foods, as opposed to diet drinks and bars, can help you stay healthy while dieting and will make it easier to transition into weight management. Limit alcohol consumption; the calories add up, and alcohol decreases inhibitions and stimulates appetite.
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Don't let the holidays be your dietary downfall. Follow these simple tips to get back into your health routine after the holiday! Contact us or phone 1-800-783-4636 for more information.