Don’t look now, but we are just inside of three weeks until the holiday season is over and living in 2017.
I wanted to take this opportunity to send you some easy to apply tips to help you make it down the home stretch and give you a fighting chance at keeping some pounds off and even entering the New Year slimmer and healthier.
Eat Lower Carb: Notice I am recommending eating LOWER carb, not low carb. In my mind, there is a difference. Low carb is scarcely taking in starch and/or fruit type carbs to the point of barely consuming enough to maintain bodily processes. That strategy is dangerous. Eating lower carb means slashing starch and/or fruit consumption to about half of what you normally do. With all the high carb foods and treats that we all are still enjoying this time of year, I recommend cutting back on your normal starch and fruit eating to a small amount about 2-3 times per day instead of having some in every meal or snack. This will go a long way in helping you not to eat too many calories that you may have a hard time burning off, keeping your stomach flatter, and preventing that bloated feeling.
Calorie Free Liquids: I’m talking about water and/or unsweetened tea. You’ve heard me beat the drum for years about drinking mostly pure, clean water to help so many processes in the body when it comes to burning fat and keeping your metabolism pumped all day long. If you’re not drinking close to or a little more than one gallon of water each day, then you’re missing some excellent fat burning potential there. Having some unsweetened tea is fine, plus the caffeine can help release some additional fat to be burned throughout the day.
10-Minute Do Anywhere Workout: Time is on short supply with Christmas and New Year’s baring down on us these last few weeks. So, I want to give you a good bodyweight workout that you can do anywhere and at any time. Do one, two, or three rounds for as much of a workout a you want. Perform each exercise for 40 seconds and then rest for 20 seconds before starting the next exercise. Work your way down the list to complete one round.
Push Ups (straight leg or kneeling)
Crunches (your choice)
Reverse Lunges (alternating)
Plank Mountain Climbers
1 Leg Bridges (20 seconds each leg)
Seated Rotations (lean back with straight arms)