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How to Lose Weight Over the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a time to relish in cherished memories, the spirit of giving, and reconnecting with family. But it’s also a time for indulging in life’s other pleasures — gravy, cookies, and everything else worth celebrating.

You don’t have to wait until New Year’s to begin shedding those holiday pounds, though. Here are five simple ways to lose weight over the holidays that won’t have you saying “bah humbug.”

5 Hacks for Healthy Holiday Weight Loss

Eat the turkey first

At a holiday feast, load up your belly on a healthy serving of turkey first. Doing so will help suppress your appetite for the fruitcake, Jell-O, and everything else that will add holiday joy to your waistline. Also, the breast of the turkey tends to contain less fat than other cuts.

Don’t skimp on breakfast

Many people skip breakfast to save their appetite for the big meal. But eating breakfast stimulates your metabolism and keeps it going throughout the day so your body will process that big turkey meal more efficiently.

One carb per plate

Try to only have one heavy carb on your plate at a time. Indulge in mashed potatoes for your first plate and reach for the stuffing in round two, but don’t let them share a plate at the same time. Doing so will help lower your overall carb count for the day.

Keep the booze separate from the dessert

Both are delightful, but only by themselves. Washing down sweets with alcohol puts your body into fat-storing mode. So if you wish to partake in both, separate them by a couple of hours.

Increase your water intake

Sodium consumption tends to spike during the holidays, so cancel that out by increasing your water intake.

Visit Dynamic Health in Charlotte, NC

If you really want to see the pounds go out along with the calendar, make a visit to Dynamic Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, you’ll find some of the most innovative weight loss programs in Charlotte, such as true cellular detox, a hormonal weight loss plan, or red light therapy, which utilizes a special kind of light that alters the way your body processes fatty acids and involves no pain, no recovery time, and no surgery.

Treat yourself to a Christmas present and start the new year with a new you by visiting Dynamic Health.