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It’s impossible not to indulge during the holidays (and honestly, life’s too short not to have a mason jar apple pie or two). Maybe your pants are feeling a little tight as a result, but there’s no need to go on some crazy cleanse to lose the extra weight. Here, some (ahem) digestible tips for dropping a few pounds easily.
Aim for at least eight cups a day to eliminate extra bloat (and waste). Better yet, have a glass first thing in the morning (which can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent) and have another before any meal (which fills you up so you eat less overall).
Between the extra sugar (each can has around 39 grams) and the carbonation (which can cause bloating), just cutting out that daily 3 p.m. fix can help keep your waistline in check.
Ditto for your nightcap. While a single vodka soda or glass of Cab won’t impede your weight-loss efforts, it’s all too easy for that one drink to lead to another. Or a snack, or less sleep (all of which adds up on the scale).
This way you get your daily dose of greens in and cut some cals from your daily intake. Just make sure that your salad is more of the spinach and arugula variety—rather than the croutons and bacon bits kind.
Pack a piece of fruit in your purse so the next time you feel tempted to reach for a Kit Kat (every day at approximately 4 p.m.), you’ll have something healthier to satiate that craving.
If someone offers you a fresh-baked cookie it would be rude to say no, right? Take one and save it for 30 minutes before a workout, so your body can burn through it quickly and give you a boost of energy rather than store it away.
Another pre-exercise tip? Have a cup of green tea. The caffeine will help you power through your workout so you push harder—it also raises your metabolism slightly for a few hours afterwards.
The next time you go to stir-fry, reach for the veggie broth instead of olive oil (which has up to 120 calories per tablespoon…if you’re even measuring to begin with). It will subtly flavor your dish while keeping things light.
Take the time to cut your food into smaller pieces and then savor each bite thoroughly. Your stomach will have an easier time digesting everything and it will give time for your brain to signal that you’re full before you go in for seconds.
And don’t limit it to sushi and ramen—scrambled eggs, mac and cheese, it’s all fair game. You’ll quickly learn that it’s much tougher to shovel food in your mouth without a fork.
It can encourage you to be more mindful about your portion sizes. (It won’t help, however, if you stack food strategically or pack as much as you can onto every square inch of your plate.) Use your conscience when eyeballing your portions.
The full-fat stuff is actually better for you (and, um, way better tasting) than the low-fat kind, recent studies say. So does this mean you should eat an entire wheel of Brie? Not quite, but a sensible wedge is encouraged.
But make every minute count with some high intensity circuits like this one. (To put it into perspective, 15 minutes is about the same amount of time it takes for you to belt three Beyoncé songs.)
Not only will it prevent you from snacking late at night, but it will also help keep your cortisol levels (the hormones that make you extra hungry) in check.
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