5 Easy Steps to Shed Post-Holiday Weight & Toxins

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The holiday season fun is almost over and it’s back to reality… but are you already facing reality when trying to stuff your thighs and belly into your jeans post-holiday? Ouchy!! How do you reel it back in when you have spent a month chanting the mantra, “Chocolate and Wine, Chocolate and Wine”?! and eating all those extra, decadent goodies because “it’s the holidays”? Many patients ask for my help to get things back in control and really there isn’t just one way to do it. Here are my recommended 5 easy steps that can get you back on the right track and none require you take a painful step on a scale! Whew to that one! In fact, I would avoid the scale. For most people a scale is not a motivator, it’s a deflator, so avoid the hard cold numbers for now because they can be misleading.

  1. Start flushing those toxins with LOTS of water. Typical water dosing is drinking half your body weight in ounces. Example, you weigh 150 lbs. drink 75 ounces of water a day. This will seriously begin to reduce the bloat and jump start the release of toxins from your liver, kidney and lymphatics as well as quench your cravings for sugary and starchy food. Besides with 75 ounces of water in your belly who has room for food!! Add some lemon for an extra benefit of increased metabolism, and decreasing acidity in your body.
  2. Ditch the alcohol! Ok …Slowly put the egg nog and bourbon down and step away…. When I said back to reality I meant it! Replace your cravings for these sugary mind vacation treats with a green smoothie and a scoop of protein. Use as a snack or a meal replacement. Next time you crave alcohol, make a smoothie. Never mind that the sugary and fat-laden mixers are calorie loaded but alcohol itself is 7 calories/gram (compared to 9 calories for fat and 4 calories for protein) and it’s liquid so those grams go down super-fast!
  3. Reduce calories. Keep the calorie count between 1,100 and 1,200 per day for fastest weight loss. A quick calculation to find calories needed to “maintain” your weight would be to take your weight in lbs. and multiply it by 10. Ex. 150 lbs. X 10 = 1,500 calories. This is the amount of calories you need to eat per day to maintain your current weight. If you want to lose you must go below this. Having a degree in nutrition, I have many tedious calorie calculations I could give you but why bother, the calories generally come out the same anyway. Now if you add exercise to the mix you may be able to lose weight even quicker!
  4. Get moving. Any motion is good but I would advise to get walking at least 4 x’s/week. If time is an issue you can break it up. Take 30 minutes and break it up into two 15 minute walks. Use the stairs in the office, park the car in the furthest space to maximize your walking time, get up early in the morning and walk before the onslaught of morning commuters, use your lunch time for a brisk walk rather than a hefty meal. Get the point? If it’s cold outside, even better! Don’t use that as an excuse! Many studies have shown cold weather to increase metabolism, so don’t let temperature detour your exercise and weight loss.
  5. Ditch the grains and replace with veggies! Yes, the grains and I mean all of them, wheat, corn, rice, potatoes, pasta…. Relying on veggies as your main source of carbohydrates and low-glycemic fruits (apples, berries, kiwi, grapefruit) in the morning will help break a weight-loss plateau and sugar cravings. Be sure to have at least one large salad as a meal per day. I don’t care if you make the salad your breakfast, lunch or dinner just have one! Be sure to make your last meal of the day a good piece of organic meat or protein and just veggies. Nix any carbs at all for your last daily meal and be sure you eat it at least two hours before lights out!

I am always ready to help. Make your appointment in the office and I will always make 1:1 time with you and hold a healing space for you. Ask me about a personalized detox program just for you or join any of my upcoming group detox programs for more support. Or, call my office for details.

Another great way to begin your health regime is by having a Remote Healing Session with me, which are available to you so you can begin to create a plan and jump start your health and healing into the new year. These session are generally 1-2 hours depending on how much material you would like to cover. Please don’t forget I have an Far Infrared Sauna and Footbath to aid in your detoxification needs.

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Dr. Venus Seleme

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