Friday, December 3, 2010

Tips to Stay Lean and Fit During the Holidays (part 2)

3 more tips to help you survive the holiday parties unscathed:
4. Schedule your workouts.  Mark them on the calendar and set-aside time to complete them. Consider them as important as any other appointment or event you have marked on your calendar. One of my secret fat-loss tips to burn the most fat is doing a cardio session first thing in the morning. This will not only accelerate your fat-burning process but you will have more energy to shop longer! Don't forget to incorporate weight training in your program - having more lean muscle will speed up your metabolism and keep your body lean and toned. When you weight train your metabolism is elevated even more throughout the day then just doing cardio. In my 27 years of experience I have seen too many women stop with their exercise program during the holidays. Not only will this make you feel tired, but it does not allow your body to burn off those extra holiday calories, and it takes twice as long to get your body into shape when you start after the New Year.

5. When at a party, start by eating some of the healthy offerings. For example, vegetable sticks (without dip), fruit pieces, plain chicken pieces, etc. Then move on to some of the less healthy (but yummy) offerings. You will be less likely to overindulge on these foods if you have already filled-up on some of the healthier items. Yet, you will not feel deprived or unsatisfied.

6. Eat little bits of your favourites!  When presented with a large variety of food options, it’s tempting to want to eat everything. Rather than eating one large slice of chocolate cake or a huge plate of meatballs,
select a sampling of bite size pieces of several of the dessert or appetizer offerings. This way you get the enjoyment of trying many different foods without overeating.

Tomorrow...the final 3 tips for staying lean and fit over the holidays...

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