Let’s do something we all love. Up the protein! Research suggests that protein prolongs the feeling of fullness. The reason: it is more difficult to digest, leading to less of an insulin spike, and protein-containing foods are bulkier. Instead of eating carbohydrates, people who eat a high-protein breakfast or lunch are often less hungry at their next meal. Protein also requires your body to burn a few more calories to digest it.
I suggest sticking to quality plant-based fat protein sources like avocado, quinoa, non-dairy yogurt, protein “meal replacement” shakes and beans. Opt for protein during all meals going forward and you will cut excessive eating that often happens when not feeling full.
3. Shrink Your Stomach
Did you know that your stomach is “elastic”—meaning it can shrink or enlarge based on the amount of food you consume? This is one of the major reasons for the failure of weight loss surgery, as even a surgically created tiny stomach can adapt over time to accommodate larger amounts of food. Scary, huh? Well, the opposite is also true.
If you eat less, over time, your stomach will shrink to feel fuller on smaller amounts of food, making you eat fewer calories, and keep weight off. Try it. While eating at home or out at a local restaurant, take 1/3 off your plate. Reduce all temptation to finish your entire plate by putting some aside. Either put it in a container or ask your server for a bag to go and save it for lunch the following day. By doing this, you can shrink your stomach after a season of over-eating and subtract hundreds of calories from your daily caloric intake.
Oh I know that we can get our spirits on over drive over the holiday season! All of those pomegranate martinis you had this month have an effect on your health in more ways than one. Besides the sugar and fat, when it comes to the calories in alcohol, the stomach and brain do not register these liquid calories the same as solids. We often continue to eat and drink without taking into account the added calories. It is time to cut back on the eggnog and find some alternatives for satisfying and less guilty beverages. And let’s not forget that good ‘ole liver! (That will be in another post!)
When thirsty, try low-calorie drinks, such as herbal teas, sparkling water, or a pitcher of fruit-infused cold water. I love the taste of mango or pineapple with mint in my water. People very often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like snacking, reach for water first, drink a few glasses, and wait 20 minutes. Often, your false “hunger” that was actually thirst, will go away. These low-calorie drinks can boost metabolism, curb hunger, and refresh with healthy antioxidants. Cutting back on the cocktails alone will greatly aid in losing the extra holiday pudge.
While doing all of these, in order to lose weight faster, increase your daily exercise. After the holidays, resume your normal routines! Be sure to schedule your activity on your calendar. I love to use sticky notes to encourage new or repeated behaviors. You may also find setting your clothes out the night before will encourage you to get dressed and get into action.
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Becca & Team