Here are some hints to help you lose weight (and that extra fat around the middle) during the holidays. Most weight is gained in the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. These tips will help keep you from gaining, and even help you lose during that time.
Eat more fiber. Fiber helps your body feel fuller, helps flush your system, and makes glucose and fat burn faster.
Add some omega-3 to your diet. Foods such as winter squash have omega-3s in them, or you can use a supplement daily. Omega-3 activates cells that make serotonin, insulin & leptin which control your hunger.
Stress tends to make your hormones unbalanced, and keeps you from losing weight. Stress causes cortisol to be produced to help you deal with it. Sometimes your body doesn’t tell itself the stress is over, shut down the cortisol machine. Or sometimes it just doesn’t get the message. Cortisol makes you tired, depressed, stores fat in your belly, and increases your overeating. Eating red meat will help tell your body to shut down the cortisol machine. If you prefer not to eat red meat, zinc and Vitamin B supplements will also help your body break down the extra cortisol.
During the holidays, we tend to get extra toxins introduced to our bodies. Stale air from being shut indoors, alcohol & sugar are all extras we get around holiday time. Eat some berries, onions, red grapes, apples, purple grape juice, drink green or black tea. And either eat or drink dark chocolate. These all help flush out the extra toxins.
Flushing your system. If you can do this for 3 days, you will be able to do a quick flush of your system, feel better, have smoother skin, and more energy for the holidays and possible even lose some weight. Cut out alcohol, sugar, caffeine, fried and processed food. Eat colorful fruit and vegetables, skinless poultry, lean meat, fish and whole grains for three days to get the full effect.
If you can do all these things, or even some of them, you will be better off. Eat more fiber, add omega-3, add zinc and Vitamin B, eat berries, onions, red grapes, apples, purple grape juice, dark chocolate and drink green or black tea, and try to flush your system. These will help you deal with the holidays much easier, feel better all around, even help you avoid colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma and migraines. You will be able to avoid putting on extra weight during the holidays, and even possibly lose some.