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Christmas Weight Worries? How To Lose Weight After the Holidays

Christmas Weight Worries? How To Lose Weight After the Holidays

It’s that season where you’ll be invited to work parties, family gatherings, dinner with friends, and most likely add on some extra pounds. Even though you know you should be careful eating certain types of foods because you’re dieting, Christmas is always that time where you take things easier because you want to enjoy your time with everyone. You also don’t want to be the downer during a time of togetherness, love, joy and fulfillment. Therefore, this post is not going to tell you NOT to enjoy yourself during the holidays but will provide you tips for afterwards which work amazingly well.

Let’s get started with 7 simple tips you can follow to help you lose weight after the holidays.

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Drink A lot Of Water

It’s no secret after the holidays your stomach has expanded and craving more food than it normally does. Since it was the Christmas season, you probably kept grabbing delicious food at a party…right? However, the holidays are now over so it’s time to build that willpower back up. The next time you feel hungry at odd times, grab a bottle of water because it will help you feel full. (This is not to supplement eating. You still need to eat a well-balanced meals, filled with protein, grain, and fruits and vegetables.)

Set Realistic Goals

This is a great tip for anything you’re doing that involves reaching specific goals. It’s important to set smaller realistic goals compared to bigger ones because each smaller one is a level of motivation. After the holidays, if you are looking to lose 10 pounds, write down weight loss goals at an interval of 0.5 pounds each so you get that gratifying feeling of accomplishment quickly. Think how you motivated you will feel when you notice that 0.5 pound decrease—you’ll want to keep pushing forward.

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Eat More Often

You might be thinking this is crazy; however Studies suggest when you eat smaller meals 4-6 times a day it’s better for your weight loss. The secret is making sure you get the right amount of protein, carbs, and fat. Unlike your Christmas binge which included chocolates, cake, stuffing, rice, and sauces, these smaller meals should be high in protein and low in fat.

Exercise

Maybe you were exercising before the holidays and want to start back up right after to lose weight even more quickly. Even though your diet is 80% of your weight loss, it’s important you have a solid routine in place to accelerate the process even more. The good news is an exercise routine 3-4 times per week incorporated with an awesome diet can help shed weight faster. A quick search in Google will help you find awesome HIIT (high-intensity Interval training) cardio routines that will blast weight right off.

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Explore Diet Programs

It can be hard sticking to a diet program you don’t enjoy, coming up with awesome recipes every time you prepare a meal. For a few days you’ll eat certain meals without an issue, but then will begin to get bored of the recipe. However, nowadays things couldn’t be easier because all you need to do is google weight loss diets for fast, easy recipes. For example, here is a quick search in Google for the phrase “weight loss diets” –

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    You can also visit weight loss hubs where people share dieting tips.

    Avoid Alcohol

    Alcohol is one of the worst ways to put on weight because it’s all sugar and carbs you are taking in. Not to mention, during the holiday season there is a lot of wine, liquor, and beer flowing around so it can get very tempting to drink. This isn’t to say don’t enjoy yourself, but after the holidays if you are serious about weight loss, it’s important you cut out or down the alcohol. Here are a few rules to follow if you decide to drink alcohol while you’re cutting weight:

    • Always eat while drinking
    • Know which drinks make you hungrier than others
    • Stick to 1-2 drinks maximum
    • Beware of the craving for carbs the next day
    • Vodka has fewer calories per shot than most alcoholic beverages

    Take A Break

    Notice when you don’t give yourself at least one binge day to eat whatever you want you go on a 4-day binge sooner or later? If you are dieting, give yourself a day to eat what you want so you can get rid of any cravings out of your system. This will protect you from higher cravings and longer binges later. Perhaps give yourself Saturdays off to binge since it’s a weekend and you’re out with friends. No matter what day you choose, stick to it.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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