So you indulged a little during the Christams holiday and now your skinny jeans are way too skinny. Well, we all did. Unfortunately, weeks have gone by and the added inches and pounds still linger on… Here are a few tips that will help you blast off the holiday weight gain in no time at all.
Simple Steps To Blast Off Holiday Weight Gain
If you’ll adhere to the following tips, you will quickly get rid of the extra poundage you acquired during this past holiday. To boot, if you’ll adhere to these steps long term, you will also lose weight permanently, if you have to.
1. Do not skip breakfast.
On the contrary, to lose weight it is important that you have your breakfast and have it within the first 45 minutes after you wake up. You need to eat a full size breakfast (about 400 – 500 calories) that contains roughly 46% protein, 37% carbohydrate and 17% fat.
Having this type of a large breakfast will help you accelerate your metabolism, will curb your hunger throughout the day and will eliminate your cravings for carbohydrates in the late afternoons. By the way, did you know that skipping breakfast is one of the major contributing factors to overweight?
2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day.
Water is a magic potion for health and weight loss. Have your first glass of water as soon as you wake up to rev up your metabolism. Water will help you get rid of toxic waste. It is also a diuretic and a laxative. As well, water will dilute your blood after eating and will prevent you from feeling sluggish after you eat. Lastly, it is important not to confuse thirst with hunger. If you feel hungry, before you start eating have a glass of water. You may find that you were not hungry but that you were only thirsty.
3. Eliminate sugar from your diet.
Check the ingredient labels and eliminate all foods that contain sugar. The common granulated sugar is a mix of fructose and glucose. In addition there are other variants that the food industry uses. Just to give you an example, the sugar in your food may be labeled as: sugar, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), fructose, sucrose, maltose, corn sweetener, corn syrup or corn syrup solids, dextrin, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, molasses, rice syrup, raisin syrup, maple syrup and anything else that sounds like sugar. As well as anything on the food label that ends in “ose” is sugar.
As you remove sugar from your diet you may experience a withdrawal since sugar is highly addictive. Try to persevere, as the cravings will diminish rapidly. Removing sugar from your diet is one of the surest ways to lose weight.
If your cravings are “unbearable” use stevia or Truvia (stevia derivative). Do not replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. They actually make you crave sugar!
4. Do not drink fruit juices and sodas (including the diet ones)
A glass of natural juice such as orange, cranberry, grapefruit and others, generally contain more than 100 calories. To use juices to quench your thirst is a mistake because of the huge number of calories you are adding to your diet. The same applies to sodas. As well, do not be fooled by diet drinks. The diet drinks may be low in calories but the toxic artificial sweeteners in these drinks make you crave carbohydrates and cause you to gain weight.
5. Cut out all white grain products
White grain products include bread, pasta, sandwich rolls or buns. These foods contain simple carbohydrates. These carbs break down rapidly and release glucose to your blood stream very quickly. That causes havoc in your body (see explanation in low glycemic foods article) and leads to weight gain and fat storage.
Although whole grain products (such as whole grain breads) are better, if you want to lose weight quickly eliminate them from your diet as well, at least temporarily. Replace your white grain products with veggies and legumes.
Even if you will follow these tips just for a week you may lose 5 pounds or more plus several inches from your waist. After 2 weeks, the average weight loss is about 14 pounds.
Let me know how it worked you. If you can suggest another tip that did wonders for you share it below in the comment section or on our Facebook page.