7 lbs… that’s the amount of weight the average American gains from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Â It may not sound like much until you feel it on your body. Â In fact, do aÂ workout with 7 lbs in a weight vest, and tell me that you don’t feel in in those bodyweight movements…
Or, just visually multiply the lump of fat in this photo by seven, and then slap in on your gut, hips, thighs, arms, neck, or any spot that your bodyÂ lovesÂ to store it….
How can you avoid this dangerous pattern during the next few weeks?
1. Remember all of the hard work you put in prior to the holidays. Â Did you do it all for nothing?
2. Â Don’t allow a busy holiday schedule keep you from the gym. Â I bet that most of youÂ canÂ make it to the gym at 5am if youÂ wantedÂ to.
3. Â If you blow your diet one day, don’t consider it a total loss and skip the gym or continue to eat poorly.
4. Â Fill your plate once with the intention of going up for more as opposed to piling your plate high. Â Chances are, you’ll be too fill after portion number one to consume portion number two.
5. Â Drink more water. Â You’ll drink less alcohol and be full. Â If you’re full, you’ll eat less.
6. Â Put more vegetables on your plate and less processed carbs. Â Vegetables make you full. Â Carbs make you fat…
7. Â Limit yourself to three bites of a sweet (cookie, cupcake, cake, pie, pastry, etc) per party you attend. Â Throw the remainderÂ away.
8. Â If you’re consuming alcohol, try to limit the more sugary drinks (egg nog, coquito, rumchata, cordials, cognacs, etc).
Very few people make it through an entire holiday season with ZERO cheats, and I do want you all to enjoy your lives, but six weeks of gluttony is overboard. Â Make smarter choices and the 2015 version of you will be thankful!
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