Congratulations! You’ve navigated the holiday parties, office cookie exchanges, cocktail toasts and Christmas roasts. Odds are you’ve indulged a bit and that’s okay. Rather than wait for your weight loss to begin with your New Year’s resolutions, why not get back on track today? Here are some simple steps you can take right now to whittle away at holiday weight gain.
5 for 5
There are five more days until the last celebration of the year, New Year’s Eve. You can make the most of them by incorporating five simple steps to accelerate your weight loss and get you back on the fitness track.
- Take 20 — whether you’re on vacation or back on the job, take time to get fit. Even 20 minutes a day of additional exercise can add up to real, lasting weight loss and fitness. Any physical activity including brisk walking, jogging, stair climbing, hula-hooping (my favorite!) can help reduce stress, curb appetite and burn off excess Christmas cookies.
- Don’t Skip — skipping meals to indulge in holiday leftovers is not a good weight loss strategy. Your body needs fuel especially in the morning to rev up your metabolism. Opt for a healthy breakfast including a good, lean protein and never skip a meal. You’re better off eating 200–300 calorie mini-meals than diving into a monster plate full of food for dinner.
- Wet your Whistle Wisely — while it’s common to toast the season with a glass of wine, a mug of beer or a fancy cocktail, make sure you have a plan to keep the extra calories and consumption at bay. Drink plenty of water throughout the day (a good measure is 6–8 8 ounce glasses of plain water) to keep your metabolism humming and your cells hydrated. Keep cocktails and other alcoholic beverages to 1 or 2 servings. Be sure to avoid sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices, their high calorie content can pack on the pounds as well.
- Proper Portions — trade your big 12” dinner plate for a smaller 8” plate whenever possible. It’s an easy way to control portion size and by filling up a smaller plate you have the illusion of a bigger meal.
- Plan Ahead — by taking the time now to set up a solid plan for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle, you’ll be ahead of the game and more likely to stick with your resolutions.
New Year, New You?
Take some simple steps, and, yes, I mean that literally, to stay on target for a brand new year with a brand new you. Keep the focus on healthier habits rather than how much you want to lose. Start incorporating the five steps above on a daily basis — forget the scale for now. Most sports fans know Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. He was a winner and expected a winning attitude with his players and his staff. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” Instead of focusing on losing, focus on winning your health, strength, endurance, fitness, energy, and focus. Let this new year be your winning season.
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“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize…”
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