In search of the ultimate pre holiday detox to get that ‘oh la la’ body to flaunt this festive season? Check out these weight loss tips that will not only help you reduce a few pounds, but will also help get you that winter glow.
Ban the Bloat
Excess body fat isn’t the only thing that leads to a tummy bulge. It could also be bloating caused by constipation, PMS or food items that don’t suit your body. The easy solution: Up your intake of soluble fiber found in seeds, citrus fruits, apples, beans and greens. This fiber soaks up water to form a gel-like substance inside the stomach that aids in digestion and reducing your waistline.
Spice it Up
Jazz up your meals with herbs and spices instead of salt. This will not only reduce the bloating, but also generally improve your health.
Ginger: Science suggests that ginger can improve a number of gastrointestinal symptoms. In addition to curing a tummy ache, ginger also has the unique ability to help weight loss. Add freshly grated ginger to salad dressings and sugar-free mocktails or pick up a box of ginger tea as you begin your diet before a holiday.
Black Pepper: This black beauty helps treat multiple health conditions including inflammation and tummy troubles. And, it also interferes with the formation of new fat cells, a reaction called adipogenesis, resulting in weight reduction and decreasing waist size. Garnish your meals with this spice – your waist will thank you.
Cinnamon: This aromatic ingredient contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which are proven to alter body composition and help curb insulin spikes. Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning oats, fruits or smoothies for a smaller waist and appetite control.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Thirst is usually mistaken for hunger. So, always carry a bottle of water and keep yourself hydrated at all times. Also, start your day with a glass of warm water, lemon and honey. This magical concoction will not only help you burn that stubborn fat, but will help keep your skin radiant – making it the ideal drink for pre holiday detox.
Walk the Walk
Begin your day with a short walk in the outdoors. This a.m. ritual works on two levels. First, the exposure to sunlight in between 8 a.m. and noon, reduces the risk of weight gain and undercuts your fat genes. Also, a post lunch stroll, preferably for 10-20 minutes, will stimulate digestion.
Lastly, here’s the mother of all pre holiday diet tips: We all know that sugar is pure evil. If you want to trim down, ban sugar and instead substitute it with honey. It not only gives an instant energy boost, but is also packed with nutrients. And, when you’re craving for dessert, eat a fruit instead. The enzyme bromelain in papaya and pineapple, eases digestion and helps decrease bloating.