3 Tips to Lose Weight During the Holidays

by tkogut on November 10, 2015

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3 Tips to Lose Weight During the Holidays

 

Say what??? Most people are happy to maintain during the holidays or indulge like crazy and then buckle down with a new years resolution.

Instead, why not lose weight during the holiday season? Why not have more energy and feel good about yourself during the best and busiest time of the year?

3 Tips to Lose Weight During the Holidays

  1. Find an accountability partner. Find someone that will do this WITH you. Choose wisely. You need someone that will be as determined to lose weight as you are. Check in daily with each other. If you’re lucky, it will be someone that will workout with you every day as well!  If you don’t have anyone in your life that wants to tackle this challenge with you, go to the internet. There are Facebook groups, Beachbody community, etc where you can hook up with someone with the same goals as you.
  2. Set Goals. Set two goals, one for Dec 15 and one for Jan 15. What do you want to achieve by those dates? Don’t just think about your goals, write them down! Post it to the refrigerator. Don’t just say you want to lose weight, be very specific. For instance, By December 15th, I want to have lost 10 lbs and by January 15th, I want to have lost another 10 lbs…..or whatever it is you want to do. Maybe you don’t weight yourself and instead have a favorite pair of jeans that you want to wear again so you make your goal to fit into the COMFORTABLY by Dec 15th.  Make goals specific to you.
  3. Plan a diet and exercise program. 80% of your success will come because of the foods you eat and 20% will be from the exercise you do. However, to be most effective, you must do both! Calories in vs calories out is the easiest way drop the pounds, however, eating the wrong foods will leave you feeling tired and yucky. Stick mostly with whole foods; fruits, veges, smoothies, fish, chicken, quinoa, nuts, etc. As far as exercise goes, you don’t need to have a gym membership or buy expensive equipment for a good workout. You can use your own body as weights. While cardio is great for burning fat, building muscle will help you burn more calories throughout the day so I recommend both cardio and weight training.

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Here are a few more tips that will keep you in check during the holiday season:

Intermittent Fasting: This is where you eat within 8 hours of the day and have nothing to eat or drink the other 16 hours of the day. Go here to learn more.

My Fitness Pal: I am a big fan of this app. Download it on your smartphone or set up an account online here. You can track your calories and exercise daily as well as set goals and create meals. I like to know my calorie intake AND I like to know what foods are high in calories/carbs/fats. This tool is very helpful when eating out as it has almost every chain restaurant’s menu within the app.

FREE workouts: Like I stated earlier, you don’t need a lot of money to work out at home. You might want to invest in some dumb bell weights or an exercise ball, but there are so many exercises you can do using your own body weight that you can start today with no equipment at all.  Go to YouTube and search “Chalene Johnson workouts”. You can also go to Pinterest and search workouts. Below is one I found on Pinterest….no equipment necessary. This is just one of hundreds. If you don’t know what an exercise is, such as, Russian twists, simply google it.

Daily workout plan

If you follow Chalene Johnson, XHIT Daily & Natalie Jill  on Youtube you will be set for all the exercises you’ll ever need!!

Chalene said something on one of her scopes that made so much sense and I think about it often. She said, people that are fit and stay fit pretty much eat the same thing every day.

I believe this to be true. Just before I turned 40 I lost over 20 lbs. I weighed 127lbs which is very slim for my 5’5″ frame. I figured out what foods I enjoyed that gave me enough protein, carbs and fat and kept me in the calorie range I wanted to be in to lose the weight. So keep that in mind as you go through the next couple of months. Find what works for you. What foods do you like that are healthy and keep your calorie intake where it needs to be as well as give you a well rounded diet of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. If you stick to a personalized list of foods each day, it will make the next couple of months so much easier.

ALSO…..don’t freak out and give up if you “fall off the wagon”. It is the holiday season after all, so you will indulge a little here & there and that’s ok. That’s normal even if it wasn’t the holiday season. The key to staying fit is to get back on track the following day.  Working towards a fitness goal during the holiday season will at least keep you from going “hog wild” and indulging everywhere you go.

Like everything else, it’s a mindset thing. You have to want to meet your fitness goals MORE than you want that piece of pie! It’s up to you. It’s your choice.

When you think about it, there are so many things in our lives we have no control of but our fitness is totally in our control!! The choices we make every day will show in the way our clothes fit!

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Are you with me? Will you do this holiday weight loss challenge with me? Comment below if so and if we get enough people, we can form a Facebook group to support one another.

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Disclaimer: I am not a certified trainer. I am merely suggesting exercises. Please consult your physician to make sure you are in the condition necessary to start an exercise regimen.
Also, all exercises can be modified for your level of fitness.
Please make sure to find out the proper way to do each exercise. YouTube is a wealth of information. If you don’t do squats properly, you can injure your knees, so please do your research!!

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