Ladies and gentlemen, we have now entered into the days of post-feasting belly pooch. You’re feeling it too right? Whew, I surely enjoyed Thanksgiving!
In our ongoing quest for personal betterment, let’s talk about how we can get rid of (or better yet, prevent) the holiday pooch and stubborn belly fat.
First off: You cannot crunch away the belly fat. Sorry folks. I know you were dying to get down and do a bazillion crunches weren’t you? Ha!
While toning your midsection is essential, at the end of the day, getting rid of that bit of blubber on your belly comes down to your lifestyle and eating choices.
There are a few basics to focus on: fiber and hydration, reasonable indulgences and keeping up with your workouts.
Fiber & Hydration
By eating lots of fibrous foods, you’re flushing things out of your system and feeling full from your meals longer, which in turn helps you resist tempting snacks or treats.
Want another trick to help you beat over-indulging? Drink a full glass of water before each meal.
By doing this, you’ll be less prone to pile your plate sky high because the water has helped fill you up a little bit.
Also, lets not forget that the winter months are not just holiday time — they’re also cold/flu season.
By flushing out your system with water and fiber, you’re giving yourself a better shot at staying healthy because your GI tract is a huge part of your immune system.
Are you drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day? If not, and your excuse is that it’s too plain, try mixing it up!
Try putting a slice of lemon, lime or orange in your water. Try seltzer water by itself or with a few raspberries, blackberries or fun-shaped ice cubes in your glass.
Whatever you do, make it fun!
We’ve all heard the term “beer belly,” but if we’re honest, it can also be called a soda, alcohol or juice gut.
Almost all libations contain calories, and the vast majority of those calories are empty ones (i.e. no nutritional value). Sodas contain massive amounts of sugar, and juices are often not nearly as healthy as they’re marketed to be.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t drink anything but water. (#crazytalk) However, if you’re serious about losing that belly fat, I encourage you to honestly reassess how much you imbibe each day.
If you always have two drinks, try only having one. Try choosing your beverages for their flavor, and make a conscious decision to really savor each sip. Nurse that libation!
Plus, need I mention that cutting back on the amount you drink will also be friendlier on your pocketbook?
Lastly, I know we all hate hearing the term “portion control,” but it’s out there for a reason.
Since our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs, fool ‘em!
Or, if you know you’re going to a party where there’s going to be a ton of rich, indulgent food, try having a small, healthy meal at home beforehand so you won’t be famished when you get to the party.
Remember that the key is letting yourself indulge REASONABLY. With moderation.
Really SAVOR each treat. Don’t just wolf them down!
Keep On Keepin’ On
If there’s ever a time of year where we absolutely MUST carve out time for ourselves, it’s the holidays.
It’s cold/flu season, and it’s that time of year when we almost always put everyone else first.
However, if you can’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of everyone else.
Maybe you can’t get in an hour-long workout like you usually do. That’s fine. Work out for a half hour. Don’t have the extra time you need to get to and from the gym? Totally fine. Work out at home.
Whatever you do, DON’T PHONE IT IN.
If you’re going to do a half hour workout, commit to it. Really push yourself. Dig deep. Remember why you’re doing this in the first place on the days when you’re tired.
Mix it up so you don’t get bored. If you only work out at home, try doing yoga one day, circuit training the next, Pilates, Zumba, and then a run to round out the week.
If you have a motivational picture that keeps you reaching for your goal, put it somewhere you can see it every day.
Maybe give Pinterest a shot and create a motivational board for yourself that’s full of inspiring pictures, quotes and healthy recipes.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. As Nike says, JUST DO IT.
At the end of the day, you’re the only one who truly knows yourself. Make an honest assessment of your weaknesses.
By knowing where and how you’re prone to sabotaging yourself, you can act accordingly.
Remember that you’re stronger than your bad habits.
Knowledge is power.
Commit to making time for yourself. Make sure you stay hydrated. Bump up the fiber in your diet. Keep a plethora of super tempting fruits on hand to satiate that sweet tooth. KEEP EXERCISING.
If you slip up one day, decide not to do it twice in a row. Each day is a new day.
YOU CAN DO IT!
What are some tips you can share with us about how you make it through the holiday season without sabotaging your hard work?