Holiday Success

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During the holidays we consume about 10,000 extra calories per week. For the most us 10,000 calories a week means weight gain, tight clothes, and bulging bellies. Doubling your daily caloric intake can lead to more than just weight gain. Consuming twice your daily food intake takes a heavy toll on your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, digestive system and most of all, your metabolism. We consume three to four times the digestible food portions, and triple the amount of digestible proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, which in return leads to not only weight gain, but fat deposits in the liver and gallbladder, intestinal blockages, and a sluggish metabolism. Don’t be a victim of your own demise and avoid the holiday ten by following these simple tricks:

With the season of festivities approaching you may want to consider cutting the carbs. Traditional high protein diets are not suitable for everyone, but cutting the processed carbohydrates out of the daily diet will help keep those inches off the waistline. Limiting the additional consumption of bread, rice, pasta, and fortified sugars will give you that extra wiggle room for those high-calorie holiday meals. Swapping out your daily dose of carbohydrates with dark leafy greens, protein shakes, and lean proteins will give that perfect balance without breaking the scale.

Your body thrives on regimented routines. During this time of year, our schedules are full of activities and we tend to replace our daily cardio with processed sugars. Make it a point to get at least 45 minutes of cardio in per day. Brisk walking, cycling, a light jog, circuit training, yoga and/or any low impact exercise will help you burn those additional calories and keep you looking slim and trim throughout the holiday season.

Tis the season for high calorie and fattening foods; gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and alcohol are among the few food items that pack a heavy calorie punch. This year, surprise your guest with a healthier holiday meal by replacing the mash potatoes with sweet potatoes, stuffing with wild rice, and green bean casserole with fresh green beans. Sweet potatoes, wild rice, and fresh green beans are low glycemic and prevent your body from switching into an insulin resistant mode. They are also lower in saturated fat and will prevent a calorie overload.

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