Christmas Conundrum: Lose weight while still enjoying holiday parties

Traditional Danish Christmas dinner.

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It’s December 1st and the inevitable time is upon us once again. It’s no surprise to us but each year we act like it’s something we didn’t see coming…What am I talking about? I’m referring to the office Christmas parties, family parties, parties with friends, random Christmas cookies brought into the office, the wine, the eggnog and so on and so forth. We knew this time of year was coming and just like the old tale of The Ant & The Grasshopper, each year we arrive at this point unprepared and ill equipped to face the next 30 days of foodie paradise.

This year, why not arm yourself with a few tools to help you keep that waistline trim and survive those Christmas parties without doing too much damage? Staying slim during the holiday season doesn’t mean you have to become an antisocial recluse, it simply means that you have to be smart about your choices.

The first step in surviving the holiday party is to make sure you attend the party after you’ve had a little food; preferably something high in fiber. Not only will this be slow digesting, keeping your insulin levels steady, but it will give you a slightly full feeling. By no means should you attend a Christmas party on an empty stomach unless you’re on a “Seefood Diet” and no I didn’t spell seafood wrong for all you nitpickers. My point is that when you have an empty stomach you’ll see food and most likely eat with your eyes.  Have you ever heard that phrase, “your eyes are too big for your stomach”? Well situations like these where you eat too much too fast, leave you feeling like a Burmese Python that just consumed a goat, barely able to move and needing a week to digest.

Ok so now that you’re at the party…”put down that massive plate”. Ok, so now that we’re at the party go for the small plate and don’t load it up. Sample a few items, but choose the healthier, lower calorie options first. Move around the party and talk with people. Stand as far away from the food table as possible. This means you have to break your conversation to head back to the food. You don’t want the person you’re talking with to feel like the food table is more important than they are do you? Obviously the food table might be a good out for those times where you’re cornered by someone in the office you can’t stand chatting with or even worse, by your boss, but when going back for seconds choose a few delectable desserts and enjoy (no seconds on these).

Steer clear of the alcohol. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Hey, if weight loss or fat loss is your goal then stop fooling yourself and just cut it out. It’s easier if you nominate yourself the designated driver.

At the end of the night, don’t take anything home except your secret Santa gift. No doggie bags…put the Tupperware down.

Now that you have a game plan, get out there and make it happen this holiday season. If you don’t manage to stick to the game plan this December, then tune in this January as I give you tips for shaking the holiday weight.

Funny Fitness Fridays Episode 4: Buff Beautiful & Bitchin’ with Vera De Milo

When getting in shape the biggest fear of most women is the loss of a few bra sizes or ending up looking like a man. Unfortunately there is no such thing as spot reduction and your body chooses when and where to take body fat from. However, that is no reason to avoid working out. Most female fitness competitors maintain a very low body fat in general so this is the reason for their smaller breast size. Also, have no fear about supposedly looking like a man. It is impossible for a female to begin to look like a man structurally without some performance enhancing drug help combined with some really hard core and strict training. So get in the gym and stop making excuses before I send Vera De Milo aka Jim Carrey to your door for some personal training.

Nike’s Big Butt Campaign | The Atlantic Wire

Get your butt in shape but spot the giveaway mistake

You’ve got to love Nike for this one. Coming from a guy who can not only appreciate the strength and power associated with strong glutes and also the aesthetic benefits as well, I have to say Nike is doing the world some good. Running, jumping and generally being stronger and more stable has a lot to do with glute strength. For women it’s especially important to have strong glutes to keep the knees in alignment during activity. The glutes are also one of the largest muscles in the body. The simple fact that in so many people the glutes are inactive makes me shake my head. All that fat burning potential wasting away. Well it took Nike 20 years but they’re finally gaining appreciation for Sir Mix-A-Lot.

See Strong Glutes for Fat Loss & Increased Performance

Nike’s Big Butt Campaign | The Atlantic Wire.

Sugar Free Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday Solutions for Diabetics

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we all like to enjoy the foods and flavors of the holiday season. This is the worst time of year for the average personal trainer when dealing with American clients. Increasingly people around the world are joining in to the holiday eating frenzy. This video did a great job of explaining some easy alternatives for people during the holidays with regards to food choices, moderation and activity. Here at Active Lifestyle, we don’t promote or endorse the sweetener featured in the video, however there are some great tips. As I have mentioned before, there are tons of alternatives to sugar out there, from using fruits like banana, to using honey or agave. Whatever you decide, enjoy your holiday and remember that making the right choices, practicing moderation and remaining active are the keys to making it through the holiday season without gaining an extra body fat.

3 Foolproof Tips to Stay Slim during the Holiday Season

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.

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The holidays are here and so begins the onslaught of foods and tasty treats. Party after party is serving up snacks, pastries and drinks that are sure to get that waistline bulging. It doesn’t take long to do damage to everything you’ve worked so hard to keep in check all year as those fat cells are sitting there rubbing their grubby palms together in anticipation of extra calories to store.

Last year, I had a personal training client tell me that it was the first year in her life that she didn’t put on weight during the holidays. She awarded me the credit, but the credit belongs to her for following some simple rules during the holiday season. Now I’m here to share a few of the same tips that I gave her during the daunting holiday food festival. Read more of this post

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The Real Food Pyramid

Paleo Food Pyramid

Notice anything different about this food pyramid?  This is the Paleo food pyramid. There is a large population of people who believe in the “so called” paleo diet. That is, these people believe that man was not made to live on grains. Now I have a tendency to agree with this philosophy to a certain extent. One reason I agree is because grains were not a main source of food for early humans, especially not refined grains. The amount of refining of grains did not exist then as they do now. Claims of items being “whole grains” are just false half the time. They have been processed to some extent. Ok, why should grains be the base or foundation of a diet as the “so called” experts claim? Well, partially because they get paid to say so. The grain industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and guess what? Grains were great as filler foods, could store for long periods of time, kept people full during the harsh winters and are cheap enough to feed the masses. But why intake refined grains when you can get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables, which are REAL whole foods? Cut out the base of your normal pyramid…you’ll watch your body fat melt away…and don’t say but what should I do for carbs. What are fruits and vegetables?

Funny Fitness Fridays Episode 1: Fat people are harder to kidnap

FAT PEOPLE ARE HARDER TO KIDNAP

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It’s Friday and the weekend is almost here. We’d like to thank all of our regular readers, comment contributors and those of you who simply stop by from time to time. As our blog has taken shape over the past 4 months it has evolved, not only providing informative information, but sharing ideas and broadening awareness. Continue to follow us in the upcoming months  as we have something new and awesome lined up for the new year. We can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet, but we know you’re going to like it.

Anyhow, one thing we’ve decided to do is broaden this site a little bit. We take fitness very serious, but we do realize then need for a laugh or two along the way and so we’ve come up with Funny Fit Fridays. Today’s installment comes as a direct result of a personal training client and good friend. As he was walking home he spotted an overweight man here on the streets of Bangkok wearing a T-shirt that said “Fat people are harder to kidnap.”  My immediate thought was if this is the only reason to be fat then I’ll pass. Obviously this guy was content with himself, but I challenge you not to settle and strive to change your lifestyle, get active and be healthy.

However, I thought it was interesting so I went home and typed it into Google in search of a logo and up came tons of images and video.  This particular video is apparently from a Marriott commercial shot in Singapore advertising an all you can eat buffet. God bless Singapore because you could not get away with this commercial in the United States, but let’s learn to laugh a little more as humor is the best medicine for us all sometimes.

Humor is a major part of a person’s overall health. According to Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Here are a few links about the benefits of laughter…

http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/laughter.htm

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

http://www.themedguru.com/20090721/feature/laugh-more-laughing-matter-86125496.html

Does Eating After a Certain Time Hurt Weight Loss? (via BodyByH’)

This question should be answered with, “it depends”…bodybuilders eat before bed. The question is what are they eating before bed and what are their activities, energy requirements and quality of foods consumed during the day? Also when it comes down to purely weight loss… we are not talking about fat or muscle, but weight…it boils down to calories in and calories out. At Active Lifestyle we don’t deal in the realm of weight, but in the realm of body fat, body shape, muscle mass, stability, flexibility, lifestyle and overall health and wellness. The questions we want to know the answer to are…”Are you happy with how your body looks and feels?” and “if not are you committed to taking the steps to change your habits and lifestyle to achieve the change you desire?” Check out this post by an BodyByH about eating timing and feel free to shoot me any questions you may have.

If you have ever tried to lose weight, you’ve heard advice like this before: ‘Don’t eat before going to bed!’ or ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’… Many people who are trying to lose weight hear these and listen to these “warnings” all the time.  In fact, these two saying are also recommended to people who aren’t trying to lose weight. I will admit, the logic behind this advice sounds reasonable.  I mean i … Read More

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Butt Exercises Slideshow: Workout Techniques for Slim and Shapely Glutes

cover your eyes and fart

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Who doesn’t want to have a nicely shaped backside? With a little work you can get that shape you want, stay fit and firm, and fit into those tight jeans.  In my article Strong Glutes for Fat Los & Performance I talk about how important the glutes are to sports performance and athletics, but the glutes, when shaped and toned accentuate the curves of the body and enhance the physique.

Of course squats are still my number one recommendation for those of you trying to enhance this feature, but check out these 22 techniques to slim and shape your glutes. Your choice. Earn it with exercise or take the easy way out with padding, but remember padding doesn’t work on the beach among other places…

Butt Exercises Slideshow: Workout Techniques for Slim and Shapely Glutes.

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