Yay! The holiday season is coming upon us and there is surely no escaping that Thanksgiving turkey or a few extra helpings of the sides. While we should NOT be counting calories during the holiday season (my post-holiday season blog post will help you tackle those tricky calories), we defiantly want to look our best for the season. And how do we do that? That is why Iam here: to share some nuggets on how to lose a few inches in time for the season. Read on…
1- Exercise: Yes, I know what you’re thinking the most obvious tip. But stay with me here. Exercise only as little as 20 minutes a day, six days a week. Leave Sunday out for rest. Your workout should be a mix if cardio (very important in burning calories) and strength training (to get the core muscles toned). Buy a set of light weights & keep them at work or at home. Strength training builds lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories — at work or at rest — atlas five days a week. The more lean muscle you have, the faster you’ll slim down. How do you start strength training? Try some push-ups or a few squats or lunges. Use your free weights to perform simple biceps curls or triceps pulls right in your home or office. Add to this a special fitness belt or a neoprene thermal body suit or a waist trainer and your workout gets a BOOM…more results and faster! Waist training is a proven way to reduce the waist size and enhance the curves, thus giving a natural hourglass shape. Using a waist trainer while working out will give more power to your workouts & also train your core muscles to strengthen and tighten over time.
2- Go for that cup of cheer: Coffee is great for health. Yes! You read that right!! Start your day with a cuppa Joe. Because coffee is a natural diuretic and an excellent source of antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage. You can have up to 400mg in a day. Of you’re not much of a coffee drinker, then try green tea. A recent study showed the metabolic effects of green tea v/s placebo and it was proven that green tea drinkers burned atleast 70 more calories in a day!
3- Breakfast like a Queen: Breakfast is what helps you start your day on the right track. The best, heartiest breakfasts are ones that will fill you up, keep you satisfied and stave off cravings later in the day. Aim to eat anywhere between 400 and 500 calories for your morning meal, and make sure you’re including a source of lean protein plus filling fat (e.g. eggs, beans, unsweetened greek yogurt, nuts or nut butters) and fiber (veggies, fruit or 100% whole-grains). Starting your day with a blood-sugar-stabilizing blend of nutrients will help you slim down without sacrifice.
4- Make real, whole foods a priority: Try and keep the processed foods out from the kitchen as much as possible when making a meal plan. Processed foods are high in sodium and potentially a health risk (too much of them). Try and make sure all items your put on your plate are fresh and not out of the can. Which in turn means more fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meat & whole grains. And healthy eating dies not mean compromising on taste. Don’t believe me? Check out this Salmon, ginger and soba noodles stir-fry recipe here. And it only takes 20 minutes to make! Yummmm!
5- Eat Spicy Food: Im not kidding! The substance that gives cayenne its heat — capsaicin — might also help with weight loss. Capsaicin also has pain-relieving properties, and is used as a form of treatment for osteoarthritis, nerve pain and low back pain. It may not be suitable for everyone, however. If you’re allergic to kiwis, bananas, chestnuts, avocado or latex, you may also be allergic to cayenne. It is also reported that cayenne helps reduce cravings for fatty, sweet and salty foods. Spicy foods not only decrease your appetite, they may also help increase calorie burning. According to the Chemical Senses review, the spice ups your body temperature, which may increase the amount of energy you expend. Sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on your morning eggs or make a spicy cottage cheese and serve it with slices of cucumber and celery. Add a slice or two of the fresh pepper to your pot of black beans to spice it up and use for soup, salad or mash into a dip. The fresh pepper can also add a little kick to your rice. Add dried cayenne pepper to tomato sauce, chili or stew to enhance flavor and to get the weight-loss benefits.
6- Hit The Pillow: Lack of sleep has been proven to add to piling on the pounds. Besides the obvious effects is has on the mood, the body also suffers tremendously. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night slows down the metabolism and therefore the body burns calories slower and hence the weight gain.Your body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. During sleep, your body heals itself and restores its chemical balance. Your brain forges new connections and helps memory retention. Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems won’t function normally. It can also dramatically lower your quality of life. A review of 16 studies found that sleeping for less than 6 to 8 hours a night increases the risk of early death by about 12%… and thats enough cause to worry about sleep deprivation.
7- Drink up: Water is truly the magic elixir. Drinking water to lose weight is one of the easiest things you can do to support your weight loss efforts. Studies have shown that drinking water raises your metabolism, and improves your fat burning rate. And if that wasn’t awesome enough, drinking water before a meal can also help you feel more satisfied and eat less. Drinking water helps with water weight loss, reducing bloating. So if your goal is to lose weight, drinking water for weight loss is a smart move.