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Losing the Holiday Weight

Have you been eating CRAP food these past few weeks?

What??  How dare you call my mama’s famous pumpkin pie CRAP!!

Relax Max! CRAP is an acronym for ‘Calorie Rich And Processed’ food and it’s delish and comforting and it’s the reason why we don’t complain about lame holiday parties.    You know the ones where you get stuck listening to someone tell you the details of their trip to Kalamazoo.  Yes, those parties.

As much as we enjoy binging on CRAP food during the holidays, we know come January 1, we have to face our scales.  You can avoid your scale or use it as a beautiful plant base, but your clothes don’t care about your feelings.

You know you have to lose that holiday weight.

But how tho?

So the latest and greatest in weight loss is discussed in this article on Today and it comes from Dr. Michael Greger, the author of  “How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss.” .

He recommends eating whole, plant-based foods like fruits and veggies and beans and nuts.  Nothing you haven’t heard before.

He also recommends minimizing the intake of meat, eggs, and dairy.   But the good news is, you should feel free to indulge on your birthday, holidays and special occasions.

Okay FINE!  Give me some actionable items.

The following is paraphrased from this article.

1. Eat most of your calories early in the day

That means have a big brunch or lunch and don’t eat a bunch for dinner.  After 7 p.m., cut off the munch.

2. Fast after 7 p.m.

You can drink herbal tea or water.  Try Dandelion herbal tea.  It tastes like crayons and the after taste will kill your appetite.

3. Pre-load with water and “negative calorie” foods before meals.

Cold water on an empty stomach may boost your metabolism and help feel fuller before eating.  Negative calories are foods like apple or a salad.  Just don’t drown your salad in ranch dressing.

4. Fall in love with vinegar

Vinegar lowers blood sugar levels which give you more energy; however, it should never ever be taken by itself. It can damage that pipe running from the back of your throat to your stomach.  Instead, use vinegar on a salad or dilute it with water, like 2 teaspoons to 500 gallons.  Or my personal favorite, 2 teaspoons to 32 ounces of water with a squirt of honey or agave nectar to transform that nasty taste of vinegar to an actual tasty drink.

5. Eat fiber

Fiber is indigestible so it runs through your intestines like a boss and drags some of the sugar, fat and starch out through your system.   It also keeps you regular.  Studies show people who eat lots of fiber weigh less.   Probably because they’re always running to find a bathroom.

6. Get full with water-rich foods

Like grapes and strawberries and tomatoes.   Refer to your Fruit of the Loom underwear tag for reference.

7. Cut out sugary drinks

Instead of soda, drink seltzer.  Water down sweet tea, especially if you live in the south.  Avoid energy drinks.  They’re full of sugar and ingredients that were never meant to be discovered.

8. Weigh yourself twice a day

Once in the morning and once in the evening.  If you have a analog scale, don’t cheat by leaning to the right to read your weight.

Ugh!  That sounds hard.

This ain’t hard to do! Take it from someone who loves buttermilk biscuits.  At the minimum, at least try to behave during the week and give in to your dietary sins on the weekend.   Also, exercise.  Go for a long walk.  Climb stairs for 10 minutes.  Get a job as a furniture mover.  Work you way up to doing a 3 minute plank.  Greet your family and friends by doing 20 jumping jacks instead of a hug or a handshake.  The possibilities are endless to get your body moving and finally shedding those extra holiday pounds.

 


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