Did I just post a Holiday picture pre-Halloween? I sure did! This is the time of year where my clients and I discuss dropping extra pounds before all the Holiday madness starts. As we know all too well, the Holiday season is shoved in our faces along with all the cookies, cakes, and rich foods. Families visit, companies have parties, and all hope of losing weight goes out the window. But there is always next year right? You mean January?? As in 3 months from now?? This actually turns into 4 months from now as many people “need” time to catch up on life before returning to the gym. Sounds like a lot of excuses doesn’t it? YES.
There are always excuses not go to the gym or eat right, but the Holiday Season is a tough time to drop weight. It’s best to just focus on maintaining your fitness during the Holidays, but now is the time to get working on losing that 10lbs you’ve always wanted to lose.
10 pounds in 2 months
Can more be lost? Yes, but this is a better and attainable goal that can be maintained.
Hit the weights hard for 30 mins, 2-3x/week:
A quick, hard weight training workout can provide accelerated fat loss with minimal stress to the body. This will help you add or preserve precious muscle so you look lean versus skinny and flabby. In 30 minutes you can hit all the basic movements or focus on a set of muscles.
As trainers we typically work with clients for an hour that includes coaching, flexibility, re-assessments, injury prevention, and program design portions in addition to the workout. This takes up an additional 15-30 minutes. Extra time should be added for these important components of fitness, but when you are in a time crunch 30 minutes of intense weight training will work and work well.
Do physical activity you like 2x/week:
Take up biking, hiking, running, rock climbing, or any activity that gets you doing something athletic which you enjoy. I absolutely love when a client picks up a new athletic hobby. The demands are ever changing and the client always pushes themselves much harder than a workout alone in the gym. I’ve had many clients get in phenomenal shape by adding this in.
Eat less sugar and more fiber:
Sugar is a major contributor to gaining weight in our country. Cut out sugar and foods closely related to sugar like white bread, rice, and pasta. Eat less starchy carbs in general and replace them with vegetables.
Eat Less. :
You have to eat less than what you burn to lose weight. No matter what. This is true for almost everyone.
A few examples on calories:
If you stick to these 4 strategies you will find yourself 10lbs lighter and proudly wearing your newly fitted Holiday attire.
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