3 Tips to Stop the Post Holiday Weight Gain

3 Tips to StopTis the season to be jolly and I’m sure we were plenty jolly this holiday season by indulging and letting go of our usual food code, but then felt awful when January 1st rolled around Listen, it doesn’t have to be that way. I have a few simple tips that you can begin right now that will halt that number from going up on your bathroom scale for good.

Tip #1: Just say “No”
Don’t allow “food pushers” to push you into eating more. You know, the friend or family member that wants you to eat this, eat that, have seconds. Most people seem to believe they cannot have holiday fun unless they get you to give in to their food weaknesses. Go with a plan in mind. Eat something light before leaving your home, even if you’re having your holiday meal at someone else’s home. Enjoy an apple with 1 or 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter or a small lettuce wrap with a slice of turkey and brown mustard.
You don’t have to give in to the pressure of eating everything in sight, which leads me to the next tip.

Tip #2: Eat Mindfully
One of the triggers to weight gain and being on the diet rollercoaster is lack of willpower to be mindful. Once upon a time, you only ate when you were hungry. It could have been from working on a project that had you focused, being in love, having fun while playing with your kids. You were being nourished by something else. Now life, stress, and drama have crept in and food has become your go to source. Mindfulness is being in the current moment, expressing gratitude for the food you’ve selected to eat, savoring every bite with enjoyment while chewing slowly.

Before going for every food item, slow down, look at everything as though it were a piece of art, listen to what your body is saying it really, really, really wants, then put that food on your plate. Being conscious of your thoughts and movements will help control how much you eat and your body will let you know when it has had enough. Just be mindful enough to not overdo it. I’d much rather feel just satisfied than full, bloated and miserable.

Tip #3: Follow your feast with a mini fast
If you had a huge meal (or several of them), then your body will have plenty of energy reserves to last you several days. One way you can allow your body to burn through more of that excess fuel (and stored fat) is to follow a day of feasting with a day of fasting.

Try this: Start your fast by having your last meal at night (I stop eating around 7 p.m.). Upon rising, say 8 a.m., half your fast will be complete. I recommend drinking a glass of warm or room temperature water with the juice of half a lemon. Then helps the liver to release toxins built up during your sleep and to jumpstart your metabolism. If you can make it until early afternoon on water and herbal tea, then you’ll have completed your mini fast. Break your fast with a delicious green smoothie at 1 p.m. That’s 18 hours! Yes, you can do it!

Of all the health promoting and fat loss accelerating strategies, fasting is easily the cheapest and in some people, the most powerful.

Please pick one or all of these tips and put them to use during your holidays and wake up restored, refreshed and renewed on January 1st and beyond. Let me know how it goes for you.

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