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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 August 15, 2018

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

    Video Summary

    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

    One Exercise, multiple benefits

    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

            5. You’ll improve overall balance

              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                  How to hold a plank position

                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                    • Prolapse
                    • After prolapse surgery
                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                    • Previous childbirth
                    • Overweight

                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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