We’re starting to get ready for the holidays – filled with so many delicious desserts and family favorites. It’s also a time when we tend to over-indulge and put on a few pounds.
We wanted to look at 5 easy ways to fight off the extra weight this season.
Say hello to H2O. So many of us do not get adequate water in winter – mainly because we tend to look at hot beverages instead. Remember, we need half of our body weight in ounces per day. This will also help with digesting those extra snacks, so drink up!
Find your best fitness friend. A workout buddy is very helpful with keeping you on track with your workouts. Make sure you find someone with similar exercise interests, goals and abilities, so that you get the most out of it! When you hold each other accountable, you can accomplish so much more.
Police your portions. When filling your plate, start by adding vegetables to half of it. Then add your protein, and finally finish with your heavier caloric dishes. This will ensure that you don’t overdo it with calories and that you get your veggies in. So many of us do not eat the recommended vegetable and fruit servings per day, which makes such a huge difference in sleep, energy levels, and digestion.
Turn your cheat day around. Often times, we will eat something we shouldn’t, and then feel like we’ve shot the rest of the day so we continue to do so. Remember, it takes 3500 calories to gain one pound! Don’t sweat the small stuff. Reset your mind and plan to eat well for the remainder of the day/week.
Workout first thing in the morning. Studies show that opting for an early morning sweat session can cause a metabolic spike and help you burn an extra 190 calories a day. Another advantage to morning workouts is that it is done before work and other distractions get in the way. Morning exercise is also a great way to prepare for the day.