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Exercise 4 Weight Loss Monthly Ezine
December 16, 2009
Holiday Exercise and Weight Loss Tips and Recipe
Tis the season to be jolly. This month's ezine is of course dedicated to the upcoming holidays. With all the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping presents and running the kids to the school programs it can be extremely difficult to stop and think about yourself. So here are some tips to take care of you during the holiday season.
Weight Loss Tip #1
Although this time of year is all about celebrating and being joyous those of you who brave the stores, endure hours of setting up the tree and lights not to mention wrapping the presents you know how stressful this time of year can be. This increased stress can play a number on your diet.
Stress increases the production of cortisol – the stress hormone – which in turn increases your appetite and fat production. So take some time for yourself and relax. Read a book, soak in a hot tub or just vegetate in front of the television once in awhile. Here are some additional tips to get you through the holiday season without totally blowing your diet.
1. Take a high protein, low carb power bar or snack with you while you shop. If you feel the need to eat something, skip the food court and instead reach for the protein bar. This will curb your appetite and let you get your shopping done without a rumbling stomach. If you are planning lunch as part of your shopping spree, pick a place that has more than just fast food burgers and fries.
2. Start your day with a high protein, lower carbohydrate breakfast. Carbs can make you feel hungry faster so instead opt for some high protein foods like eggs, cottage cheese or even peanut butter. If you need to add some carbs try fruit instead of breads.
Here are more healthy tips for Christmas
Exercise Tip for Christmas
When you are out shopping you are probably parking what seems like miles away from the store. Plus there is all the walking going from store to store, so you are probably thinking you are getting more exercise than usual – and you would be right. However, don't skip a well thought out structured exercise as well. Remember you want to keep your heart rate up and the calories burning for longer periods of time than just the short walk to the store. If you have been doing 45 minutes a day for your workout, go ahead and scale it back to 30 minutes versus skipping it all together. This way you still get in your workout, which helps relieve that holiday stress, and you are getting in some extra walking.
If you really don't have the time for your workout everyday, try planning for at least 3 days of some routine even if you have to get up a bit early or stay up a bit later. Also try to do some stretching during the week to keep those tense muscles loose. You can even do these from the comfort of your desk at work.
Check out these desk stretches and give it a try.
Savory Peach Ham
If ham is your traditional main course for the holiday meal, then check out this recipe for a new fresh taste to your meal. What You Need:
How to Make It:
Number of Servings: 4
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories 452; Fat (g) 38.5; Fiber (g)0; Protein (g)15; Carbs (g)11;
WW Points 12
Until next month, remember to eat healthy and keep exercising. These are the 2 keys to losing weight and feeling fit.
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Best wishes from your diet buddy
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