Christmas is typically most people’s ‘danger time’

But what if you switched it? What if, instead of gaining weight over Christmas, you find out how to lose weight BEFORE Christmas?

Tis’ the season to be jolly but also the season to fit into your favourite party outfits.

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But for me, losing weight for Christmas sends out a powerful message to my inner self and subconscious mind – if I get in shape BEFORE Christmas it will help switch the typical mindset often seen in many:

I will start in January’ or ‘Let’s just get Christmas out the way first

Ignite your fat burning furnace

So I would like to share with you the fastest and quickest way to ignite your fat burning furnace and help you shed a few pounds before Christmas and keep it off!

Insulin is the main fat storing hormone

Unfortunately just about all the foods that are easy to overeat stimulate insulin. So it’s fair to say that an insulin controlling diet would be beneficial for fat loss.

By cutting the main stimulator of insulin, insulin levels remain low and therefore fat cannot be stored as easily.

Reducing beige, starchy carbs in food and drink is the easiest method to help control insulin and therefore body fat levels.

Here are my steps on how to lose weight before Christmas.

Step 1 – Goodbye processed foods

Get rid of all the processed, sugary beige foods including bread, pasta, biscuits, cereals, crackers.

Even the low fat so-called healthy ones – starchy carbs will be off the menu in the run up until Christmas.

Step 2 – fill up your fridge

Fill your fridge with masses of green vegetables, berries, salads, eggs, lean fish and meats.

Use small amounts of full fat cheese, mayonnaise and Greek yoghurt to flavour foods only.

Step 3 – watch the fruits

Limit all fruit intake except for berries (frozen or fresh). Add small chunks of banana to smoothies and limit intake of other fruits to occasional apples and pears.

Step 4 – exercise

Choose short burst high intensity sessions in the gym such as HIIT circuits, sprints, weight sessions etc. If you can, exercise on an empty stomach.

christmas diet_2Then add as much low intensity walking as possible. Aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day.

Use the stairs, park further away, walk to the shops. Find more ways to move everyday.

Step 5 – fasting hours

Fast overnight for a minimum of 12 hours. Making the last meal 2-3 hours before bed and leaving at least 12 hours until breakfast. On the odd day, if possible increase to 14 hours.

This is a prime fat burning window and allows the body to work its fat burning magic.

Step 6 – protein and veg

Base each meal on protein and vegetables (especially your first meal of the day). Add around 15-30g of colourful or natural starches such as sweet potato, butternut squash, beetroot, quinoa, brown rice, lentils, beans etc to each main meal.

If you are an avid exerciser you may need more. If you are very inactive then add less.

Step 7 – be careful of what you drink

Cut all sugary drinks, milky drinks, alcohol, juices, smoothies etc and stick to water, green tea, back coffee first thing and other herbal teas. If you must have alcohol, skip carbs for that day to allow for one drink. Alcohol switches off fat burning!

Step 8 – get some zzz’s

Sleep for a minimum of 7-8 hours where possible.

Add in some daily meditation, relaxation and belly breathing to lower stress levels as this can help burn fat.

Step 9 – good fats

Don’t be afraid to use fat in your foods. Coconut oil, organic butter, olive oil, nuts, nut butters, seeds increase satiety when following a low carbohydrate diet.

Step 10 – carbs

To maintain over Christmas, simply keep the carbs as low as you can.

If you over indulge, don’t worry because you will only be one meal away from lowering insulin again. Simply go out for a walk or do some activity to help prevent insulin from shuttling excess calories into your fat cells.

Igniting your fat burning furnace is how to lose weight before Christmas and you can only do this by controlling insulin and therefore controlling your intake of sugar and starches.

Big love, small tummies,

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