For most of us, a little bit of weight gain goes hand in hand with the holidays. We tend to consume a lot more food for longer periods of time. However, not only does this increase in food lead to holiday gain, so does stress. One tip from my book, Serial Killers, is that if you limit your carbs to one meal a day you will be much less likely to gain weight over the holidays. This means that if you know you are planning on having big supper, start your day with only protein and good fat for breakfast and lunch and then consume your carbs at your big meal.
Do you know that when you are sleep deprived your body secretes extra cortisol and insulin? Both of which make you store fat. So that power nap (15-30 min) is not only refreshing, it is essential to maintaining healthier cortisol levels.
Try to keep the drinks to a minimum. Alcohol is a sure way to pack on pounds over the holidays. Many of these delightful holiday cocktails can easily pack on 250 calories each!
I can't emphasize enough the importance of staying active. Even a 15 minute high intensity workout will go a long way towards helping you maintain your weight and fight off the effects of stress.
5. Increase Fibre
Try to consume 30-40 grams of fibre everyday. Soluble fibre found in apples and broccoli will literally scrub the bowels and remove extra fat. Two tablespoons of oat bran or our Ultimate Fibre Plus Powder in a smoothie can be a major fat buster.
16 oz of water will increase your metabolism by 24%, 60 minutes after consuming it. That is incredible! Yet we do not drink enough water. Drink more water, increase your metabolism.
7. Vitamin D
Keep your vitamin D levels high. Taking 5000 I.U. of vitamin D a day will help your immune system stay strong.
Avoid Transfats. You've heard of all the nasty stuff this does to your health, but did you know that transfats also prematurely age the brain, increases the risk of heart disease by 47% in women and is a significant cancer risk.
There you have it, my top 12 tips for Christmas. I should also mention, have fun and enjoy yourself! T'is the season and it only comes around once a year. Thank goodness!