With less than a month until 2020 ends, the holidays are now upon us. While many of us will have to stay local this year, we will still be celebrating with a lot of eating, drinking, and basically making excuses to be lazy. So here are a few things we can do this year to enjoy those treats and still stay fit and healthy.
- Practice time-restricted eating to keep those insulin levels in check and prevent weight gain. Especially the weeks going into Christmas. When you know you are going to have to eat a larger meal on certain days, try to do an 18 hour fast before that and let that be the only meal for the day. If it’s going to be a few days of celebrating, make your eating schedule such that you can enjoy all that good holiday food and yet not pack on those extra lbs… A 5 and 2 kind of fast will also do – what does that mean? It means that you can eat a normal diet 2 days a week and restrict calories 5 days to as little as 600 calories per day.
- Another thing to remember going into the holidays is hydrating with lots of water. Why is that so important? Because food and drinks during the holidays tend to have a dehydrating effect on the body which can lead to sleep deprivation, fatigue, and muscle cramps. So make sure you get plenty of water during the day.
- Get a quick HIIT session in or go for a 20 min brisk walk 4 to 5 times a week. There may not be time for more than that during the holidays so pack in whatever you can.
- Another great idea to increase your metabolism during the holidays is letting the body put the brown fat to use. We have forgotten how to let our bodies do the work to generate heat and keep itself warm. Brown fat is the fat in your body that has the most amount of mitochondria (the energy powerhouses) that help produce heat during the cold and increase your metabolic rate. Maybe layer up a little less or take a cold shower and let the brown fat do the rest of the work.
2020 has been hard enough on us and telling you to make healthy substitutions to the regular holiday meals may not be the best solution this year. Try some of these lifestyle hacks this holiday season and enjoy these last few weeks of the year! Happy Holidays!!
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