I know the age-old excuse, “I might as well wait until after the holidays to get serious again about my weight”
It’s what sets us up for failure and keeps us from continuing our weight loss and healthy eating throughout the holiday season.
It all starts with Halloween. Even if you don’t have your own kids there’s a good chance you’ll be running into Halloween candy somewhere, like at the workplace.
After that, its instantly November and the pumpkin spice lattes continue to trickle into your everyday life…which leads to Thanksgiving coming, Christmas parties, Christmas cookies, and so on and so on…
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In order to keep your weight in check, keep losing weight, or to prevent weight gain YOU MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE IN-BETWEEN TIMES.
By this I mean the time after Halloween until Thanksgiving and between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The trouble comes when we continually justify putting off healthy eating by saying, “well, I have so and so’s birthday at the beginning of November, or a work Christmas party, or I have friends coming to town for the weekend, potlucks at work or church”…you know, all the excuses I’m talking about…
This is the time of year where wise food choices will count the most!
So, I encourage you to take a look at your calender for the next couple of months and SCHEDULE YOUR HEALTHY EATING!
Mark the days you refuse to waiver on healthy eating choices!
Rather than saying, “I’ll crack down after the holidays because I have so much going on…” Choose to take advantage of all the in-between days.
This makes absolute perfect sense to me! Why make a situation any worse when I can actually make it better by taking advantage of the in-between times?
What to do next?
Make sure your refrigerator is prepped with healthy food choices! This is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT THING! Heck, if you don’t have the right foods to eat then you’re failing before you even start!
You could also try Intermittent Fasting!
Don’t be scared of this! It’s super beneficial, and you’ll really feel better!
What you’ll do is allow yourself an ‘eating window’. A popular window is 8 hours per day.
For example, you have your first meal at 8 o’clock, then don’t eat anything after 4 pm.
It’s actually super simple.
Make sure to pick a window that will suit you best. Perhaps you don’t normally eat until 11 am…then, no eating after 7pm.
Here are some benefits of Intermittent Fasting according to a very in-depth article on Healthline.com
Here are the main health benefits of intermittent fasting:
Weight loss: As mentioned above, intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and belly fat, without having to consciously restrict calories.
Insulin resistance: Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance, lowering blood sugar by 3-6% and fasting insulin levels by 20-31%. This should protect against type 2 diabetes.
Inflammation: Some studies show reductions in markers of inflammation, a key driver of many chronic diseases.
Heart health: Intermittent fasting may reduce LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood sugar and insulin resistance. These are all risk factors for heart disease.
Cancer: Animal studies suggest that intermittent fasting may help prevent cancer.
Brain health: Intermittent fasting increases a brain hormone called BDNF, and may aid the growth of new nerve cells. It may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Anti-aging: Intermittent fasting can extend lifespan in rats. Studies showed that fasted rats live as much as 36-83% longer.
It’s a really great article full of information, so I highly recommend reading it if you’re sincerely interested.
Healthy food choices are crucial for losing weight and preventing further weight gain with or without intermittent fasting.
But, combine the two and you’ll be very happy with the results!
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HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON EVERYONE!