Enjoy Weight Loss This HolidayWritten by Chris Read
Holiday seasons are here again. This is your coveted time to forget about all sorrows and rejoice with family and friends. Unfortunately, we do a little bit of celebrating during this time of year and add up extra baggage when New Year appears. We unknowingly indulge in extra helpings, snacking on seasonal treats during celebrations. Hardly do we pay attention to our daily workout plan. This all contributes to increase in dieters in January.
Let us resolve this holiday season to buck trends and avoid Seasonal Seven (the average weight most of us will gain between Thanksgiving and New Year). Yes this is fact and you must not want to participate in this trend.
Forget about additional stresses and challenges this year may bring, still there are ways to find balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It may be hard at times to forego insatiable urge to devour season's traditional foods. But don’t forget that there are many ways to enjoy fun without increasing your pant size. It doesn’t mean that you should starve yourself on a crash course diet but you can enjoy festivities and maintain your weight as well.
Moderation is word of season. It's secret to achieving a fun but also healthy holiday time. Try to use this mantra both to what you eat (or don't eat) and how much exercise you do (or don't do). This will help you avoid packing on extra weight AND also partake in all fun of this time of year. So kick start this season on a determined note on New Year instead of starting January with extra pounds to lose.
Here are some tips to help you during those hectic holiday weeks:
•Plan ahead. Create a plan for incorporating fitness and good nutrition ahead of holidays sneak peek. Define you daily routine. Evaluate your vacation period and try to come out with realistic time line you can devote on working out daily. •In your work environment, simply reject gracious treats offered to you by your co-workers. Stick to your healthy snacks prepared at your home. Eat moderately and don’t guzzle on others snacks tempting you from nearing desk.
•Never wait until New Year for you fitness goals to begin. Keep finding time and dedicate few hours on exercise as often during this time period as well. Adjust you other schedules appropriately. There can be lots of excuses for procrastinating your workout time. But it will ultimately harm you as you will be left in nowhere finding right time to begin your daily exercise. Remember, tomorrow never comes! Utilize even few hours of your daily hectic schedule to keep yourself fit and healthy.
Low GI Diet Or Low Carb Diet – Which One Is Best?Written by Lee Dobbins
These days, most everyone has heard of low carb diets such as South Beach and Atkins diet but GI or glycemic index diet is a fairly new name on diet scene. While low carb diets restrict quantity of carbohydrates, GI diet focuses on quality of carbohydrates. It works by promoting consumption of foods that are low on glycemic index, foods which will have a gently effect on your blood sugar levels and keep you full longer.
A typical low carb diet, has a restrictive phase in beginning where your carbohydrate intake is severely limited. You can eat all meat you want and fats are also unlimited, although South Beach Diet does encourage you to stick to low fat meats and healthy fats. As diet progresses, you can gradually add in more carbohydrates, typically those with a low glycemic index are also those that are lower in carbs.
Although a low GI diet might be new to you, it has actually been around since 1970’s and is used in many European countries to help manage diabetes. Recently, however, this way of eating has gotten a lot of attention as a healthy way to control weight. This diet focuses on carbohydrates – “good carbs” have a low glycemic index and you should eat plenty of them (incidentally, these are also foods that we know to be good for us like fruits, vegetables and whole grains). “Bad carbs” have a high glycemic index and should be eaten in moderation and mixed with low glycemic index carbs to lower overall GI of a meal. Since this diet focuses only on carbs it is very easy for vegetarians to adopt this way of eating.
In comparison, a low carb diet can be limiting in fruits and vegetables which are high in vitamins, minerals and enzymes as well as fiber. Many people associate low carb diets with a license to eat as much saturated fat as you want, but that choice is up to individual so we really can’t fault diet for this misconception. A low GI diet is full of fruits, vegetables, fiber and low in fat but emphasis good fats found in nuts. It encourages eating lean meats in moderation.