New Rule: 1 Hour of Exercise for Every 8 Seated

I remember when I had a day job that had me sitting down for well over eight hours a day. At first, it sounds great, there are you are sitting, while others have to stand all day at their jobs. If you were imagining a life on easy street, where you drive home feeling rested and relaxed, you are in for a surprise. Within the first three months at this job, I had already gained about 15 pounds. The extra weight I was carrying on me wasn’t because I had taken on a new weightlifting plan, it was because I was getting fat. My wife had actually showed me some pictures from that time and I couldn’t believe I was looking at a picture of me. I hadn’t noticed it, but eventually, the fat started to creep in. I hadn’t changed what I was eating, which were sack lunches made with meals I prepared.

The usual lighter sets that I had been doing were not enough to stop me from being chubby. My stomach now pooched out farther than it used to and my clothes started fitting me awkwardly. I had assumed that the stress of a new job may have had me overeating but the portions had stayed the same. To make it worse, I started being more aware of my co-workers, most of whom were not in the greatest shape. Eventually, I got out of that place because it just wasn’t the right match for me. Wouldn’t you know it, within a month of leaving that job, I started to get my old figure back! Why you should change the viewpoint that you have about having to do that one hour of exercise is that it removes all the lazy stuff you do throughout the day. If you find yourself heading home, after a long of work, to sit in front of the tv, a simple hour of training will wash away all of that free time.

Our bodies are made to be active and to move, when we change what our body wants, it can develop some serious medical issues. If you still aren’t convinced, try exercising, at a time you prefer, for just a week. If you challenge yourself to follow through this week, without making any exceptions, you will have had a whole week of not worrying that your sedentary life is going to catch up to you. It appears as if those commercials about the stand-up desk were really onto something. I will absolutely be spending more of my day up and at them, instead of sitting and waiting for a blood clot, yikes! To everyone out there who has a day job that leaves them sitting idly by while the hours pass, put that pent up energy to good use and set aside just sixty minutes out of your day.

All of those stories you hear about sitting down all of the time being bad for you have a portion of truth to them! Sitting does feel great and has to happen through the workday, just don’t let it be the way that you spend the majority of your day. To help drive the point home, I had gotten a call from a former co-worker at that same job I talked about earlier. He had to go to the hospital, one weekend, because the doctor had even told him sitting down as much as he did, which was about eight hours a day, would start affecting his health.

Supplements Work With You, Not For You

You know that from reading this website, we often mention the big prohormone ban that occurred in 2014. However, if you have searched around, you will see that store still offer prohormones, how can they do that? It isn’t what you think, they aren’t quite prohormones but rather the closest thing to them, now that fewer options are available. With looking at these products, you are going to need to mix it up and some will be hit or miss. Supplements are a growing industry, that has been reported by many big news sources. The secret is out, more people are believing in the supplements they take, but how much will they believe. If you saw the supplement featured in the video down there, would you get it?

Where Do I Stand on Supplements?

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I find myself on the fence, I think that some replacements are good, I think of it as getting the generic brand of groceries. I admit that I am a cheap person who will often fill my cart with the generic items that cost less, there really isn’t much of a difference that I noticed. With supplements, you have to be careful of how generic you are going. Using them daily and under not as much scrutiny, you have to play it safe. Hoping to outshine the others, you can also get more supplements at a cheaper rate, if you buy more. Be careful that you check what companies will do this, you don’t want to assume that you are getting a bulk discount, only to be fooled once you hit that checkout button.

Many will waste both their time and money getting supplements and just thinking that they can do nothing and expect a change in their structure. Sadly, this will never happen because to have to put in work to see these supplements really start to pay off. Think of it as getting prize money for winning a race but you would never see a dime of that money if you didn’t start the race, eventually getting to the finish line. Supplements help you close the gap and get to that checkered flag much sooner!

Scivation Unleashes New Quake Pre-Workout

Scivation Quake is a preworkout supplement that has just been released. If you follow supplements, you probably know quite a bit about Scivation already. However, for those unaware of this brand, let me tell you a little bit more about this company. The supplement that they are likely most known for would be Xtend, an intra-workout product. It looks like Scivation will be taking a leap into the preworkout category with Quake 10.0. This supplement comes in two delicious flavors watermelon bubblegum and lemon drop. There is also a caffeine free version of the lemon drop flavor that is available. The caffeine free pre-workout is made for those who can not have caffeine in their diet. One awesome thing that jumps out at me regarding this supplement is that it includes Xtend within it.

A lot of supplement companies can add a BCAA to their supplement. However, getting to have one of the best intra-quake overviewworkout products included within your product is a sign that you are on to something good with Quake 10.0. You can take either one to two scoops of Quake, although I recommend that you start at only one scoop to asses your tolerance. I was able try the watermelon bubblegum flavor of this product. I had almost picked up the lemon drop flavor but it was only available in the caffeine free product which doesn’t appeal to me.

Anyways, after mixing up the watermelon bubblegum powder, I was ready to give this supplement a taste. I have to say that this stuff tastes great, perfectly sweetened. Watermelon bubblegum isn’t a flavor that you hear of very often, so I was worried that this drink was going to end tasting really funky. Happily, the drink was delicious down to the last drop. After about 15 minutes, I felt the caffeine start to kick in. There is about 100 mg of caffeine in Quake 10.0 per serving, just a heads up. If you don’t know how Xtend is formulated, it has leucine, isoleucine, and valine, which all are ingredients that help promote muscle growth. I have been able to lift weights multiple days in a row with the help of Xtend, I could not be happier to finally see it within a preworkout. Where many preworkouts give you a quick burst of energy and nothing else, you won’t be having that experience with Quake 10.0.

As a matter of fact, I felt so good after taking this preworkout, I was getting excited at thinking about my next lifting session. I had an especially grueling chest and back training day ahead of me so I knew that I was going to need something to keep me going strong. I am so glad that I brought along Quake 10.0, wow! When I was reaching the final sets of bench pressing, I barely felt that fatigued at all. Naturally, your muscles will start to feel tired towards the end of any workout. However, while using Quake 10.0, I really never felt that worn down. It was almost as if I had unlocked some kind of new endurance within me, as weird as that sounds. I can’t wait until my store gets the caffeinated version of lemon drop in stock so that I can try it too! Quake 10.0 works so well I might even have to try out the non-caffeinated version, also!

Kings Guard is an Awesome PCT

From the makers of some heavy duty supplements, Olympus Labs, we have a product that is made for support. This kind of support won’t be that it will build more muscle or give you additional energy, this is much more important. We’re talking all about liver support, a issue that is too often ignored by members of the weightlifting community. To put it simply, if you want to achieve the most muscle gains possible, you have to keep your internal system working well. Considering the lives that we lead, often using supplements, keeping your liver clean is a smart way to live. The ingredients in Kings Guard are absolutely stellar. Let’s get into just what makes Kings Guard stand at attention.

The first ingredient that you’ll see on this supplement is milk thistle. Like it’s hunger-inducing cousin blessed thistle, this variant is great to help protect your organs from wear and tear. With the added stress that comes with a regular weightlifting regimen, you’ll need something to help with blood pressure. In addition to lifting weights, you are likely eating a diet that is high in protein, further adding to blood pressure concerns. After spending a few months suffering with a bad diet, I decided to try Kings Guard. One slight drawback is that you’ll need to use six capsules as a suggested serving. However, there is still 30 days worth of product within the container, so I can’t really complain. As someone who has used his fair share of supplements over the years, swallowing a large number of capsules doesn’t freak me out anymore. Garlic bulb is another ingredient featured in this supplement. I like being able to get my requirement of garlic in a capsule form, as I normally can’t stand eating the stuff. Best of all, you won’t have any nasty garlic burps that can be especially off-putting to everyone around you.

Another burden that can derail your weightlifting is getting sick. We don’t like to get sick but it is usually something that we can’t control. Taking multivitamins work well for strengthening your immune system but sometimes that won’t cut it. MaitakeGold is in Kings Guard (at 15mg) and is a great way to add more strength to any immune system. I was never sick in the entire duration that I took this supplement, which was about two months. Some may find it not to be that cool but I really liked the way that each capsule looked. Not just to better distinguish it from the others but I felt that the neat design on each capsule looked awesome. The bottle itself that hold the Kings Guard also has that alpha male look to it that will draw attention from your gym buddies. Overall, I couldn’t have been more impressed with Kings Guard. Sure, it doesn’t boost your strength or give you enough energy to bounce off the walls but that isn’t what this supplement is about. Rather than worry about gains, get yourself a good PCT like Kings Guard and protect your liver. If you are currently feeling like you need to do something to take your weightlifting to the next level, it could very well be that your post cycle nutrition is suffering. Our bodies undergo some amazing wear and tear, isn’t it time to help better protect yourself against any damage?

One Week Meal Plan for Adding Pounds

I have seen many different simple solutions to those that are skinny that I find to not be good enough. To make things a bit more simple, I threw together a meal plan that I made myself follow, during an especially tough time in my life. Unfortunately, I can give out too much in the way of specifics but I was involved in a really bad car accident about two years ago. Of course, I was relived and felt very fortunate to come out of this situation in one piece. I remember a crowd of people coming out of their shops to check on me, stunned that I was able to walk out of the car.

I was left with only bruised ribs, a little soreness, and a limp for about two weeks but it was nothing that I couldn’t bounce back from. The one aspect of surviving a wreck like the one I was in was that I was going to be missing out on weightlifting for the foreseeable future. Worst of all, this was where I was at, what I could consider to be, the height of my bodybuilding days. My girlfriend, at the time, reassured me that rest was most important and to set the weightlifting thoughts aside for a couple of weeks.

Breakfast:

2 Hard Boiled Eggs- Easy to eat, great source of healthy fats and protein.

1 Glass of Milk – Again, an easy source of extra protein and calories.

1 Cup – Mixed Nuts – Great for an on the go option and great for transporting.

Snack 1:

1 Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Lunch:

1 Grilled Chicken Portion

1 Baked Potato (Load it up with cheese and butter, we’re trying to gain weight!)

Snack 2:

1 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Dinner:

1 Source of Meat (Chicken, Steak, Ground Beef) – whatever is possible for your budget

1 Baked Potato

1 Vegetable of your choice

There you have it, a meal plan that has variety without making you go out on a ledge, with your food choices. Sticking to staple and comfort foods that you likely grew up with also help to make you feel less stressed out. This meal plan would keep you well at (or possibly, over) 3,000 calories, unless you are really tall, this should be more than enough to help you out.

 

Alpha Brain Now in RTD Form

I am an avid listener of the Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast, let me start with that. If you don’t know this national treasure, he is a former professional wrestler. During the boom of the late 90’s, when you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone in a wrestling tee, this was when Stone Cold took over the world. As a matter of fact, if any of you were one of the many people who found themselves glued to their television every Monday, you know exactly who I am talking about. Since his retirement from in-ring competition, Steve Austin has taken to the airwaves with one of the most entertaining podcasts I have ever heard. Take that glowing praise from someone who usually can’t stand to listening to people talk on the radio, usually I am all about my music. With tales of his old matches, current commentary, and anything else you can think of, the Stone Cold podcast has it all. Why I mentioned Steve Austin and his podcast, was because that was where I first heard about the Onnit line of supplements. To be more particular, the Alpha Brain product was one that I really had my eye on. I sometimes have those days where it feels like I can not escape the mental fog that surrounds my brain. You’ve all been there, you can’t remember a name or another important piece of information and you feel completely stupid. Call it just my luck but I also notice that those moments of forgetfulness often happen in the most crucial times in my life.

I’ve since tried Alpha Brain and was blown away by it, now I’ve found out that they are releasing this supplement in a RTD. Also, known as a ready to drink supplement, the new Alpha Brain is something that you can drink while you are on the way to wherever you need to go. Currently, there is one flavor available in the Alpha Brain drinks, a peach flavor. If you recall from a long time ago, there a peach flavored pre-workout that the world couldn’t get enough of. I was so sad when I heard that the old peach flavored pre workout was going to be discontinued that I still have some hidden away, although it has most likely long since expired. If you are under the impression that the Alpha Brain RTD is going to be another gross mini-drink that you have to force yourself to down, I’ve got good news!

This new from of Alpha Brain is contained within mini pouches, just like the flavored water packets you see all over the store. One thing I didn’t count on was how popular that RTD was going to be, as it seems to be sold out everywhere I look. If the out of stock messages I’m seeing everywhere are any indication of the future of Alpha Brain, I would say that things are looking really good! Don’t feel the need to just stop at Alpha Brain, the Onnit company does makes plenty of other great products that can help just about anyone. We all have those moments where it feels like we are forgetting things that we should remember, why not have something have in your corner to bring that memory back to where it used to be?

What to Look for in A Mass Gainer

I hope that everyone is having an awesome year, so far, I know that mine has been staying busy. When I find that I am in a super busy time of my life, my nutrition takes a backseat. I know that I should implement some sort of system to make sure I am eating when I need to be but that is easier said than done. When I am pressed for time, I will usually reach for a mass gaining supplement as all I have to do is mix them up with some milk and I am good to go. Plus, it beats having to put together an actual meal, my laziness wins sometimes, I don’t what else to say. Being that there are many different mass gaining supplements out there, you want to ensure that you know what you’re looking for. Without further adieu, I present the three criteria that I always look for when picking out a new mass gainer.

The first component of what makes a mass gainer a good one is the taste, hands down. I will pay a slightly larger price for a supplement, if I know that it tastes good. I don’t know if some of the companies making our workout aids have tasted some of the flavors they make before but wow, some really miss their mark. Once you do find a mass gainer with a flavor that is preferable to you, it is like having your own little supplement secret that no one else knows about. I would say that a handful of the mass gaining supplements that I have tasted would meet the criteria of having really good taste. If you’re going to be drinking this powdery mix, multiple times a week, wouldn’t you want to have something that you enjoy drinking?

When discussing mass gainers, the next criteria that needs to be in good standing with me would be the price per a thicker youserving. One sneaky thing that can happen with mass gainers is not paying enough attention to how many servings are in each container. As is common with powders that help you to gain mass, the container looks full to the brim and like you will be all set for months, until you start reading labels and seeing that you only have five servings in that container that you just spent fifty bucks on. Resist your impulses and, before you take that container of mass gainer 5000 to the front counter, flip it around and see how much full sized shakes you get, per container. I don’t want to make it seem like the makers of these mass gainers are out to get you, they aren’t, you will just need a lot of powder to gain weight in such an easy way.

Finally, ingredients are essential to how well a mass gainer does for you. If you are fueling up with a mass gaining shake that is loaded up with filler ingredients and sugar, you won’t be gaining much besides fat. When deciding on a mass gaining shake to try, check the amounts of protein and where all of those calories come from. Of course, you will need carbohydrates and fat wouldn’t much hurt someone needing to gain weight but just be sure that you are getting everything in moderation, you don’t want to depend only on shakes for nutrition.

Aggro by Nutrabolics Wants to Heal You Faster

It is a little tough to properly classify what exactly Aggro can do for you. That being said, some of the best supplements that I’ve tried ended up having that same hard to explain quality. Sometimes, a cookie cutter solution just won’t cut it and that is where Aggro steps up to the plate. If I had to classify this supplement as anything, it would be a testosterone booster but there is so much more to it than just that. First off, let’s take a look at the ingredients, to find out if this product is a worthy contender. In Aggro, you will see many mainstays for effective muscle growth: d-aspartic acid, deer antler extract, tongkat ali, and alpha lipoic acid, just to name a few. I’ve heard mixed reactions to using deer antler, so I’m not head over heels on that pick but the other ones are solid and can make just about anyone gain more testosterone. I hope that you are ok with taking multiple capsules per serving, if anyone out there has used the Animal Pak, they will know what I am talking about.

For each serving of Aggro, you are required to take 8 capsules, which can be a bit on the steep side for those who aren’t familiar with taking them. I recommend that you have a glass of water on standby and if you aren’t used to capsules, think about taking one at a time. Sure, you could end up standing in the kitchen for a little bit longer than you had anticipated but better safe than sorry! Many supplements that are made to raise your testosterone will only have a couple of the wide array of ingredients that you get with Aggro. All of the powerhouse ingredients within this supplement could help to explain why the dosage is so high but I’m not complaining, I’d gladly take eight capsules to get all of these awesome ingredients in one serving. Since I didn’t have to mix this supplement up in a drink, I can’t speak much for the taste, you shouldn’t notice any real taste to the capsules, just pop them in and drink them down. As far as the training side of things went, I certainly noticed that I was tiring out way less easily. Honestly, I rarely felt like I was that exhausted when taking Aggro, it seemed like I could just keep on going!

Since I was previously told about how much energy I could potentially feel while using Aggro, I decided to not take a pre workout with it, as I didn’t want to end up feeling like I need to go puke! There wasn’t much happening in the way of negative events that happened while using Aggro, the only thing that I would mention is the possibility for increased patches of pimples, nothing too big. I found that when I noticed one or two pimples starting to appear, I would just scrub the affected area with a little soap and water and they would usually disappear within a couple of days. I thought that having to use eight capsules at a time would become bothersome but after the first day, it sort of just becomes something that you get used to. For all of the gains that I have been making, while lifting weights, I would gladly take sixteen capsules of something, if it came close to how I have been feeling lately.

Is Daily Amino Your New Favorite BCAA?

From the makers of one of my favorite pre-workout supplements, the Curse, Cobra Labs is back at it again with another awesome supplement that I wanted to tell you more about. Known as Daily Amino, this BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acid) supplement wants to be your go-to product to get your aminos from, but should it be? I went ahead and picked up the sample pack of the Daily Amino supplement, not only so I could accurately test all flavors but also because it was a really good price. Made in three different flavors, as of this writing, they are: green apple, blue raspberry, and fruit punch. While not the most imaginative choices, Cobra Labs has chosen three stand out flavors, in terms of popularity, so it’s hard to fault them for their decisions.

Each serving of the Daily Amino supplement only contains five calories per serving, making sure that this won’t be a product that messes up your calorie goals for the day. What I liked about this supplement was that it was another, in the recent history of BCAA supplement to include caffeine in it. The amount of caffeine in each serving is 110 milligrams, which is the near perfect amount for some of us. Personally, I am someone who is one the higher end of the caffeine tolerance, so it would take a little more than that to fully energize me. However, I did have one particularly crazy Holiday season this year, so I went ahead and drank my first flavor, green apple, like I would a morning cup of java!

Within about ten minutes, I already felt slightly more awake from the Daily Amino, than I would from my usual cup of coffee. Best of all, I didn’t have to worry about burning my tongue on a hot beverage, as I have barely slept the past two days! As anyone with a larger family can tell you, the holidays are always going to be one of the busiest times of the year. Whether it be the constant driving, or family nagging at you to show up on time, December is one of my most stressful and least energized months of the year, I am simply being pulled in far too many directions. The green apple Daily Amino flavor had a nice kick to it, with an emphasis on a slight sour flavor that was well represented in this beverage. Next up, would be the blue raspberry flavor, my own choice for favorite supplement flavor ever. I found that the blue raspberry was delicious in this BCAA supplement and it almost had me ready for a second serving but I didn’t want to overdo it. Finally, the last flavor was the fruit punch option and I found it to taste very well. If I had to pick my favorite between the three flavors, I’d probably have to choose the blue raspberry but I am a bit partial to that flavor and always have been. If you are tired of your old BCAA product that you have lying around, collecting dust, than it is highly likely that you might want to give Daily Amino a look. For only about 20 bucks for 30 servings, it has one of the better price points that I have seen for a BCAA supplement. Like they did with the Curse, Cobra Labs is here to make their mark on the supplement world and, so far, they have done a remarkable job.

Clearer Warnings Coming to A Supplement Near You

It is happening, something that I’ve wanted to for a while and we are starting to see it get rolled out, which would be stricter warning for supplement labels. Right now, all of the attention is homeopathic supplements. The new labels will basically say that there no scientific evidence that these products can cure any disease. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but the new words are there to promote consumer safety, allowing them to know more of what they are about to get into before they buy said item. I had not known that much about what homeopathy even was, until I read the story about these new label warnings for that category of supplements. The study of homeopathy definitely has many who feel that this type of medicine is nothing but hogwash.

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Could this mean that more labeling will be coming to other kinds of supplements, as well? Yes, as it turns out, we are seeing that there are new warnings being made for anyone who is using some of the more potent testosterone supplements available. I have always been under the impression that having too much information is greater than not having enough, especially when talking about trying out a new supplement for the first time. It looks like some great changes are being made to how informed the public will be, going forward. I don’t think that the homeopathic supplements will be the last stop of these new labels getting made and I don’t believe anyone is upset about that. The supplement manufacturers might be shaking in their boots, at least the shadier ones will be but I think that this is a great sign that the supplement industry is really moving forward. Likening it to the old days of UFC where there hardly any rules, with the addition of some rules and regulations that we would see in the following years, look at how far the sport has come! Of course, you can’t talk about supplements being regulated without mentioning the grand rise and fall of prohormones.

Being something that is slowly becoming a bygone era, we now have supplements that are becoming closer to full-fledged safety and quality, across the board. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that we all start getting into fitness to improve our health, not to risk it on using supplements that could endanger our very safety. There isn’t anything the matter if you decide that you want to take something that will give you faster results, as long as you know what you are getting into. Rest assured that there, nowadays, are far more supplements that are perfectly acceptable to take, without any major side effects. As for that other small but dangerous group that has actually ended up hurting people, it looks like we’ve got a great organization that is setting out to make sure we don’t hear from those dangerous products again. At the very least, we will know by looking at a label the real truth behind what a supplement can and can not do. For those that weren’t aware, homeopathy is an idea that adding smaller doses of what would produce said illness in a person, to be used by someone suffering from that illness, much of the so-called science has been torn apart and had its effectiveness strongly doubted.

Your Sign Could Lead to Better Fitness Knowledge

Don’t we all wish that we could be more in tune with what we really want? I find that my sense of what I want to doscorpion bounces from place to place more times in one single day than I know what to do with. Sure, you can spend time finding out what kinds of exercise you will like and the ones you want to pass on but there could be an easier way, if we just look up to the sky. No, I haven’t become some crazy poet that is trying to use buzzwords to confuse you, it all comes down to understanding a horoscope, bear with me. A horoscope could be a part of the newspaper that you usually thumb through but I guarantee that you’ve never looked at those predictions the same again.

I can do my best to explain how this process works but instead of that I will walk you through an example of how your horoscope can help your fitness life by using my birth month for this example, which is November. I am a proud Scorpio, having that astrological sign, let’s see what it says about my preferred workout style and if I find that this prediction has any accuracy to it. What I was able to find out is that a Scorpio can have the mindset that causes them to become obsessed with an activity. I can tell you, right off the bat, the horoscope that I am reading about matches up with my personality closely.

I will have to rule out any team forms of exercising, which leaves me out of all of those fitness classes I read about. While I do prefer to be by myself when training, it was mentioned that I could enjoy trying out boxing, which I have always wanted to do. Oddly enough, I have been a big supporter of boxing, trying my best to catch a good fight once a week. With the tendency that a Scorpio has for obsessions, it was also advised that I have one or two cheat days, so that I can help to teach myself that it is fine if I don’t follow my new food list every single day of the week. Can you now see how understanding your sign of the stars can give you that newfound sense of discovery?

At first, I had laughed off thinking that a horoscope could give me any real answers that would have to do with my working out style. As you’ve no doubt seen, the horoscope and how it spoke about my personality was enough to freak me out. It only took a couple of sentences of reading about what a Scorpio is like and what kind of workouts should be catered to them before I knew that this was like someone knew all of my secrets!

I will really have to consider making new choices with the new year around the corner that better aligns with my personality. It may take some lying to yourself, until you are aware that these new fitness activities could end up being suitable to your needs. It does make sense that people are looking to horoscopes for guidance about what style they should choose to get more physically fit. The next time that you are looking to change up your old routine, check the newspaper for what the stars are telling you to do.

3 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

The commercials are starting with those jingling bells and now I am well aware that the holidays are near. Soon, we will be opening gifts, surrounded by friends and family. As this important time in our lives draws near, there will be temptations coming from the kitchen that we have to come to grips with. I know that, in my family, we are all about the food presentations and the holidays are the time when everyone is wanting to wow the other family members with their signature dishes. You also put yourself in a bind when, if you’re like me, you don’t want to just not eat anything and hurt the feelings of your family members. Having been around for my fair share of holiday get together events, I wanted to bring to you my best three tips for getting through the holiday season without gaining twenty pounds.

Tip Number 1: Eat Before You Arrive

One of the biggest pitfalls that can be encountered during the holidays is the long waiting times between meals. I usually get up in the morning and have to get ready, only to start out on my trip to a relative’s home. From there, you have to find yourself waiting for everyone else to arrive or the food to finally be ready to get eaten. After around four to six hours with not a single snack, I start to get cranky and feel like I am getting dizzy. Waiting too long to eat can cause you to overeat when that food finally gets to your plate. When our brains go into hunger mode, we will usually overcompensate by stuffing our faces, well past the point of being full. Those odd spells of starving ourselves, combined with eating like there is food running out adds up to extra and unnecessary weight gaining.

Tip Number 2: Know Your Limits

This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one but it still needs to be mentioned. It is human nature to want to eat more of food that we don’t get to have very often. We know that a special occasion is one that is to be enjoyed, when we know when to put the plate down we can easily take control back. When you are noticing that you are starting to feel full, that could be a time to strike up a conversation with a relative than it would be to start on round two of your eating binge.

Tip Number 3: Load Up on Fruits and Veggies

No holiday snack table won’t be without their own plates of healthier choices. When it comes times for you to load up your plate, you don’t have to look like a snob and only get one or two food choices. Better yet, you should be enjoying yourself this holiday season, just know the right kind of plates to make. By having a good portion of your nightly food intake destined to be consuming fruits and vegetables, your stomach will fill up with better caloric choices.

Getting through the holidays shouldn’t be a chore but rather yet, something that you can look forward to. Being around those special members of your family and sharing good memories is always something that everyone needs. Why waste that time obsessing about your diet when you can follow three easy tips and can look forward to those gifts waiting underneath the tree.