Uh oh! You went over board for the holidays. It happens. Even with the best intentions, the holidays cause many of us to eat a too much or miss too many workouts. Here are a few easy tips on how to burn off the extra holiday weight.
Wake up and work out
I like to think of this as “putting a credit on my account.” By waking up to workout, it gives me energy to go about my day. Try waking up 30 minutes earlier and workout with the GRIT by Brit Ultimate body burn DVD! 🙂
Skipping breakfast is a big no-no. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and will help you not to over eat later. Go ahead and eat some oatmeal, fruit or a protein bar.
Drink up before you eat up
As always, hydration is key. Spend those gift cards and purchase a cute, BPA free water bottle. Aim to drink a liter of water a day to make you feel full and keep you from over eating.
Fellowship and stand up
Be sure to chat and spend quality time with your family and loved ones before devouring food. Try switching up your traditional happy hour at the bar and head to zumba or yoga for happy hour instead. You can also hit up a swing out class with a few friends to keep you moving and grooving. While fellowshipping, try standing up instead of sitting down. The average person burns about 40 more calories per hour by standing then they do by sitting.
Smaller for plates
Instead of loading up huge servings sizes on large plates, go for a smaller plate. Remember to focus on quality over quantity. Try small portions of a variety of foods and really savor the taste.
STOP when you’re full
Keep in mind that your stomach is the size of your fist. Don’t over expand it by eating too much.
Enjoy some tea time
Sip hot tea (preferably green tea) after your meal to help aid digestion and also to keep you from going back for seconds.
Eat a salad a day
One study, published in 2004 in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that women who started meals with a salad ate 10 percent fewer calories over the course of a day, without consciously dieting. Looking for some new salad ideas? Check out this article for eight Eight easy and simple salad ideas or try this Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad.
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