Four Ways To Lose Weight After The Holidays
1. Make yourself a green smoothie or juice daily.
Back from vacation or Holiday weekend, this would be my top tip for anyone wanting to look and feel healthier now. Green smoothies and juices flood the body with nutrients for a quick energy boost. They’re also a great way to curb those cravings after eating salty restaurant food.
Fast, Easy, Blood-Sugar Stabilizing Breakfast
Among the countless duties that confront us in the morning, many people struggle to have time for breakfast. That has always puzzled me, since you can make a healthy omelet with plenty of colorful vegetables in minutes.
If even that seems too much, or you’re just not that hungry in the morning, try a breakfast smoothie. You can pre-prep it the night before so the whole thing takes maybe 10 minutes the following morning. Here is my favorite smoothie recipe that provides protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, and major flavor in less time than it takes to order a designer coffee.
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 4 walnuts
- 3 Brazil nuts
- 1 large banana
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup water
- Combine all of the ingredients in an electric blender.
- Blend on high speed until smooth (about two minutes). If the shake is too thick, add more water until you reach a thick but drinkable consistency. Serve chilled.
- Nutritional analysis per serving (about 1 cup): calories 360, fat 26 g, saturated fat 7 g, cholesterol 0 mg, fiber 9 g, protein 11 g, carbohydrate 25 g, sodium 55 mg
I know, this is not news to anyone but is just so important. Flush those toxins from your body and help release the extra weight and bloat from the over-indulgence by getting plenty of water. 2.7 to 3.5 litres a day is suggested.
3. Take a break from eating for a minimum of 12 hours daily for the first week (7pm until 7am, for example).
This is known as intermittent fasting. We can do this from 7 p.m till 7 a.m or 7 a.m till 7 p.m. Dinner tends to get later when on vacation so closing the kitchen down earlier will alleviate your body from having to try to digest your food while you sleep. I talk about this extensively on the website.
4. Focus on these foods to lose weight after the holidays
Here are the top four fat-burning foods to help you master your metabolism and burn fat fast!
Wild Protein: If you want to turn your body into a fat-burning furnace, you’re going to need to eat plenty of quality protein. Proteins are the building blocks of muscles, which support a healthy metabolism. Also, protein is the least likely macronutrient to be stored as fat. Aim to get between 0.5 and 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight a day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, shoot for around 80–100 grams of protein a day.
What to eat: Grass-fed beef, organic chicken, free-range eggs, wild-caught fish like salmon, lamb, venison and bone broth are some of the best foods high in protein.
Coconut: Coconuts contain MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids), a type of healthy fat your body can easily burn for energy. You will want to replace most other sources of fat and oils with things like coconut oil. If you want to know how to steadily lose weight over a period of 30 days and beyond, this is a great start.
What to eat: Coconut oil for cooking, coconut milk in your morning smoothie and coconut flour can replace other flours when baking.
Sprouted Seeds: Seeds that have been sprouted, such as flaxseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds, are loaded with healthy fiber that can support your fat loss efforts. Also, they are high in protein and contain omega-3 fats, which can help your metabolism.
What to eat: Use chia, flax or hemp seeds in your morning smoothie and in baking.
Nutrient-Dense Vegetables: In order to lose those unwanted pounds, you not only need to be aware of your calories but also focus on getting more nutrients. Vegetables are your highest source of vitamins and minerals, which regulate metabolic function and support organs like your thyroid.
What to eat: Green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables are at the top of the list. My favorites are kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus and carrots. Steamed, sautéed and cooked in coconut oil are all great choices.
Remember to have protein, fiber and healthy fat at every meal. Also, when consuming carbohydrates, like fruit, it’s better to have them in the morning and around workouts.