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5 Surprising Ways to Survive The Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds

5 Surprising Ways to Survive The Holidays Without Gaining 10 Pounds

Would you like to give your body what it really wants and not gain weight during holiday parties and dinners? There is a way to have it all.

1. No More Deprivation

Do you tell yourself, “I won’t have this or that at the holiday party, I will have willpower,” knowing how impossibly hard that will be. Or, “I must have Mamma’s dinner or she’ll get insulted, there’s no hope for me around family.

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If so, consider trying these ideas instead: Add healthy foods to your daily intake of holiday fare; add fruits to you daily diet; add a large vegetable soup or salad or cooked vegetable dish to your lunch and dinner; instead of skipping lunch or breakfast, make sure to have it. You will not feel deprived if you are not hungry.

With this new mindset you will feel like you’re taking care of yourself during this busy time. This equals less overeating.

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2. Have a Daily Food Partner

Plan your meals the night before and send it to a friend or coach that agrees to support you.  At the end of the day, connect again to report the reality of your eating for the day. This in no way has to be perfect, but again it keeps you focused on spending a few minutes thinking about what you will eat for the day. Even if it’s going to a party and keeping the rest of the day healthy, that’s great. You’re not throwing in the towel and giving up hope for the entire holiday season. Accountability and support go a long way towards sticking to your desired eating plan.

3. Juicing and Freezing

Lots of overeating is done when you don’t have enough nutrients. A super-fast way to get some healthy stuff daily and curb your appetite is to juice some veggies and fruits once a week and freeze cup-size portions. Every morning or evening take out one or two cups and drink them daily. It’s filling and healthy.

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4. Emotional Eating is REAL

Emotions are the #1 factor in gaining weight for most people, according to Dr. Roger Gould, a weight loss specialist in California. When emotions arise at holiday trigger points, stop before you automatically reach for food.

Inner tension, anxiety, overwork, loneliness, boredom, feeling trapped, not feeling like you quite fit in, these feelings can crop up anywhere this season. You may be overeating instead of facing what’s really bothering you. There is nourishment and pleasure out there from sources other than food. This holiday season if you acknowledge that this may be a factor in your eating you can learn to stop doing it. You can learn to reach for other behaviors instead. Take a few moments a day to listen to yourself and to what you are really feeling and needing.

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5. No Time for the Gym?

Blast the music on at home and move it, shake it, just dance for 20 minutes daily. It’s tons of fun and you can get a great aerobic workout. It may even motivate you to hit the ground for a few sit-ups and push ups. Every little bit counts.

You deserve to enjoy the holidays without the added stress of worrying about gaining weight and thinking about food. Here are some additional resources that are ‘not the typical diet book’ to give to your wonderful self as a gift.

  • Eating in the Light of the Moon, by Anita Johnston, Ph.D.
  • A Course in Weight Loss, 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, by Marianne Williamson
  • Eat to Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
  • Shrink Yourself, by Dr. Roger Gould

It’s possible to not gain weight during holiday celebrations, in fact you can actually even lose some with these simple tips.

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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