If you want to lose weight, you may be putting it off until January. Which makes perfect sense, because the beginning of a new year is a perfect time to get started with healthy habits. But, if you’re unhappy with your weight or your health and have been thinking about starting a weight loss program, why wait any longer? You can lose weight before Christmas and be ready to rock your healthy living and weight loss goals in January.
It may seem a little crazy, but you can learn new healthy eating habits, start losing weight now, and avoid gaining weight during the holidays. How about that!
This is a great time to start, an opportunity to take control of your diet and your health, rather than letting events, circumstances or other people decide what you’re going to eat.
If the idea that you can lose weight before Christmas appeals to you, here are some things you may want to consider:
-Pick a start date and do some things before that date to get ready. Clean out and organize your refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Get rid of foods you don’t want to eat or put them out of sight. Put the foods you do want to eat “front and center,” so that you can see them and access them easily. Look at your schedule and figure out when you can do some healthy food prep each week.
-Make a menu based on foods that will help you lose weight. Develop a menu plan and a list of meals that’s based primarily on vegetables, lean protein, eggs, dairy, and olive oil and small amounts of whole grain carbohydrates and fruit. Get rid of all the processed, sugary beige foods including bread, pasta, biscuits, cereals, crackers.
-Easy on the alcohol. Wine, beer, eggnog, champagne, sodas, and other liquid calories pack in the sugar and fat even faster than you realize.
-Drink water. Have a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up and whenever you think you’re hungry throughout the day. Often times, those hunger pangs you feel are actually thirstiness.
– Set yourself up for success and develop a healthy mindset for dealing with the holidays.
– Exercise. Choose short burst high intensity sessions in the gym such as HIIT circuits, sprints, weight sessions etc. Then add as much low intensity walking as possible. Aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. Use the stairs, park further away, walk to the shops. Find more ways to move everyday.
-Fasting hours. Fast overnight for a minimum of 12 hours. Making the last meal 2-3 hours before bed and leaving at least 12 hours until breakfast. On the odd day, if possible increase to 14 hours. This is a prime fat burning window and allows the body to work its fat burning magic.
-Get some zzz’s. Sleep for a minimum of 7-8 hours where possible. Add in some daily meditation, relaxation and belly breathing to lower stress levels as this can help burn fat.
-Find support and encouragement. Let’s be honest – losing weight is hard work, and it’s even harder if you’re doing it completely on your own. So find some support for your efforts.