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Get Rid of Your Holiday Belly Bulge

Holiday Belly Bulge? There’s a Fix for That!

They say that people don’t eat your food, they wear it, and the holidays prove that saying to be true more than any other time of year. On average, Americans gain five pounds during the holiday season (the days between Halloween and New Year’s Day), but there’s no need to wallow in guilt over it. A bit of focus and the willingness to change small habits over a period of time will have that holiday belly bulge gone in no time.

What Type of Workout?
The most effective workout for weight loss is the one that will get done. Choose something that is not only effective, but also fun. If someone hates running, they should not commit to signing up for a 5k in order to force themselves to work out. There is no need for extreme measures. The recommended amount of time to workout is 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. It is even possible to get fit in the comfort of home.

High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.)
H.I.I.T. workouts can be done in thirty minutes or less, and they torch fat. The idea is to move quickly for a short period of time, challenging the body with intense movements, such as squats, push-ups, jump squats, dips, mountain climbers, and Jumping Jacks. Pick an interval of time, and alternate the exercises with short breaks. For example, one round may look like this:
20 seconds of Jumping Jacks
10 second break
20 seconds of Body Squats
10 second break
20 seconds of Push-ups
10 second break
20 seconds of Mountain Climbers
30 second break

This pattern can be repeated five times for a solid workout. The listed exercises can be substituted with other high-intensity exercises. The idea is to keep moving while maintaining proper form. Incorrect form leads to injuries, which should be avoided at all cost. In order to avoid injury, be sure to warm up and cool down, adequately.

The Meal Plan is 80% of the Battle
The truth of the matter is that the belly bulge comes from overindulging in high-calorie meals during the holidays, not necessarily the lack of working out. As a result, caloric intake must be reduced in order to lose the weight.
Meal planning and prepping are the best strategies to employ for a solid diet plan. Write down each meal–breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks–each day. Make a grocery list, buy the ingredients for each meal, cook three to four days of food at once, and divide the meals into storage bowls. That way, there is no guesswork when it comes to food. This plan keeps dieters out of the fast food line and on track to reach their health goals.

Hydrate!
There is no better way to flush out the body than making sure it is well-hydrated. A great formula to start with is this:
Calculate body weight in pounds, and divide it by two. That is the minimal amount of water, in ounces, to be consumed each day.

Consistency in following these guidelines will have those belt buckles back in pre-holiday position before Valentine’s!

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Sarah Batista