With 25 days until Christmas, I started my Christmas diet with plans to form 25 new healthy habits before the New Year. I also hope this will be my last 10 pounds diet (at least for this year!)
Some people hold off on their diet plans until the New Year, but that can be a big mistake. Don’t make your New Year’s resolution to lose weight any more challenging than it has to be!
Count down to Christmas and a new red dress!
Here are my “Last 10 Pounds” diet tips or a 25 Days Until Christmas Countdown for Weight Loss:
Day 1: Make a habit to drink more water. Researchers with Virginia Tech say dieters who had two 8-ounce glasses of water before a major meal lost an average of 16 pounds in three months, which was five pounds more than those who did not drink water.
Day 2: Drink more tea . Kelly Osbourne , who lost 50 pounds, loves Tazo Passion tea, which they sell at Starbuck’s. I’ve also found Passion Tea at Whole Food Market. I love passion tea as well as Raspberry Leaf tea for weight loss (no caffeine). Tea makes a great healthy stocking stuffer as well.
Day 3: Reward yourself more for losing weight. Pay for a new hairstyle, massage therapy, nails or clothes as a reward for staying healthy.
Day 4: Pick out a favorite pair of jeans or outfit that does not fit you! Try it on every day until it fits.
Day 5: Buy or use a good pair of tennis shoes. I am using my Reebok RunTone shoes as much as possible.
Day 6: Eat more spinach. According to the British medical Journal, people who eat more spinach have a 14 percent lower chance of getting Type 2 Diabetes. I love to use spinach in Greek egg omelets with spinach, feta and tomato. Spinach can be chopped and added to turkey meatloaf or meatballs or eat in a salad. Try a wilted spinach salad with a little garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Day 7: Step away from the computer more often. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen say women who used the computer for 45 minutes ate 230 more calories afterward than those who just relaxed.
Day 8: Eat more probiotics for better digestion. Sometimes I get tired of yogurt, and like to try Kefir, Attune bars, Good Belly Splash drink and the new Jala frozen yogurt bars.
Day 9: Drink (a little) bit of alcohol. Mixed drinks have 175 calories, but champagne has only 91 calories in a glass. Researchers say women who drink just one or two glasses of wine with dinner gain less weight compared to those who don’t drink. Alcohol in moderation does not make you fat.
Day 10: Eat a bowl of soup before dinner. Soup is the perfect winter diet food. Sometimes it’s fun to have a soup not just before a meal but as a meal.
Day 11: Create a more peaceful dining area. Researchers from Penn State University say women who eat in a room with loud noise ate twice as many calories as those in a quiet space.
Day 12: Smell food before eating, and burn candles with scents that satiate hunger. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says smelling foods can help you feel full. It’s the concept behind the Sensa or the Sprinkle Diet , which is promoted by the Bravo TV Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger.
Day 13: Hide more vegetables in food. It’s fun to try healthy holiday recipes that hide vegetables. For example, pureed cauliflower can be used in a powdered sugar icing, and pureed carrots hide nicely in baked goods.
Day 14: Include more weight training into a fitness routine. Some women have amazing results by lifting weights just twice a week.
Day 15: Mix up the workout. I have an elliptical machine I like to use while watching television as well as the Insanity Workouts. Researchers say high intensity interval training can help you lose and maintain weight while still eating more calories.
Day 16: Swear off fad diets . While some fad diets are better than others, I won’t need any fad diets to lose my last 10 pounds. It’s possible to lose weight without sacrificing health.
Day 17: Eat more rice. I used to think brown rice was the better option for dieting, but after trying the Asian Diet, I discovered white works best for me. The key is to pair the rice with a lot of vegetables.
Day 18: Stay out of debt and find ways to live below my means. Researchers say being on a debt diet can help you lose weight.
Day 19: Watch portions. Some people swear by the portion control diet , but I think it’s not just about how much you eat, but what you eat. It’s good to control the portions of “treats,” and fill up on healthy foods.
Day 20: Be inspired by others. I plan to purchase the People magazine ” Half Their Size!” issue when it hits the stands the first of the year. It’s motivating to read about other people’s success.
Day 21: Bake more with Truvia. I love the new Truvia calorie-free sweetener made from the Stevia plant. My relatives at Thanksgiving could not tell I had used Truvia in my mini cheesecake recipe.
Day 22: Practice saying “no” to food pushers. As it gets closer to Christmas, there will be more holiday parties and gatherings with family and friends. It’s important to eat what you choose to eat as opposed to making others happy by eating. Shouldn’t they be happy just to see you?
Day 23: Take more time to plan out menus. Some people can’t live without their food diary, but equally if not more important is diet meal planning.
Day 24: Eat clean. It’s fine to indulge in a diet “junk food” every now and then, but too much sugar just makes you hungrier. When you eat clean food (no bar codes) you automatically decrease sugar, fat, preservatives and artificial ingredients that are bad for your diet.
Day 25: Step on the scale every day. The idea of weighing yourself every day bothers some people. It may be unpleasant, and you should not expect to see results every day, but the practice of daily weigh-ins has prevented many women from unintentional weight gain. Consider it your reality check. With that being said, you can only lose two pounds of fat per week so don’t expect more.
I’m excited about my 25 days until Christmas diet. I hope to form these 25 healthy habits so I’ll be able to maintain through the new year.
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Source: Shape magazine