5 Ways To Shed Those Unwanted Holiday Pounds

Most of us spent the holidays bingeing on our favorite food and drink. It is a time to be merry, and also to spend time with close family and friends. Undoubtedly, however, most of the food we consumed was not of the variety that is good for us. Admittedly, it’s very hard to resist that home cooking.

So when you stepped onto the scale on January 1st, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to see that you have put on a little weight. It’s normal, and everyone is probably going through the same thing right now. However, if you don’t take control of the situation it could get worse.

One thing, the weight could stay on and you may never get rid of it. What’s even worse is that you could even add to it. One of the most difficult habits to curb is the way we eat. When you spiral into a habit of eating unhealthy food and ditching your workouts for parties and couch surfing, it’s increasingly hard to snap out of it.

You need guidance and someone to set you down the right path once again, course-correct your path into the right heading. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do right now, in the New Year, to help you get back on track.

Today, Evolve Daily shares five ways to shed those unwanted holiday pounds.

1) Become A Martial Artist

If you are like most people in the world, your number one New Year’s resolution would be to lose weight. Embarking on a life-changing fitness regimen is what everyone aspires to do annually on the first of January. One of the best ways to get in shape is through martial arts training.

Martial arts offers a holistic approach to health and wellness by stimulating not just the physical body, but also the mind and spirit. This is important in order to reach specific goals, especially that of losing weight.

Disciplines such as boxing or Muay Thai are very intense cardiovascular workouts that really push the body to its limits. A one-hour Muay Thai class can burn up to 1,000 calories! Grappling styles such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and wrestling work out the entire body and enhance flexibility and agility. All disciplines improve strength and athleticism in practitioners. This all works together to get martial arts practitioners into the best shape of their lives.

Shedding those unwanted holiday pounds is just the beginning. Open yourself up to a whole new lifestyle and change the way you live and experience each and every day. By becoming a martial artist, you set yourself up for success in the New Year.

 

2) Try Intermittent Fasting

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To put it simply, intermittent fasting is the process of keeping an individual’s feeding window (meaning the time you eat) limited to just a few hours each day. It is an eating pattern which involves alternating periods of eating and then not eating at all. Essentially, intermittent fasting encourages practitioners to skip at least one major meal of the day, whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

People who practice intermittent fasting have raved about its benefits. Some claim of added energy, heightened senses and reflexes, but more importantly, extreme weight loss. Those who follow intermittent fasting tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day because of the timed-eating restriction. This, in turn, results in a daily caloric deficit which causes weight loss.

So if you want to try something new this year in terms of losing weight, intermittent fasting may be just for you.

 

3) Cycle To Work

Many people often make the excuse that they don’t have time to exercise. They claim that their busy work schedule leaves no time to get a workout in, especially at the start of the year when work can be hectic.

One solution is to find creative ways to slip exercise into our daily routines. While many of us commute to work, the percentage of us that could commute via bicycle but choose not to is high.

Cycling is a great workout that can help you to burn fat and build muscle. So if biking to work is an option for you but you don’t, give it some thought.

 

4) Eat Clean

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Some of us may already be active gym-goers. We may have a rigorous workout routine that we follow. But if you’re not eating clean and maintaining a well-balanced and healthy diet, you may never see the results of all your hard work.

Eating clean and following a well-balanced diet is one of the most significant aspects of a person’s overall health and wellness. Making the conscious decision to consume the right amount of protein, fiber, and nutrients is essential to great health and in turn, weight loss.

Spending nearly a month indulging in food and drink over the holiday period has no doubt taken its toll on your body, and the number on the weighing scale will surely reflect that. But it’s not too late. Make the right diet decisions starting today and eat clean. You will soon be back on track and on your way to shedding those unwanted holiday pounds.

 

5) Make The Most Out Of The Next 12 Months

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For many, if not all, the New Year represents a new beginning. The next 12 months offer a fresh, clean slate where we can author a new chapter of our lives. It represents second chances, new opportunities, and possibilities.

Make this year count by living each and every day to the fullest, which also means that it is very important you take into consideration your health and wellness. One of the best ways to get rid of those unwanted holiday pounds is by starting your new health and fitness outlook today. Don’t wait until tomorrow to take yourself out of this funk.

Start this minute and make the best decision of your life to turn your health around. Remember, good health is wealth and there is nothing better than feeling good about your body.

 

So if you want to shed those pesky pounds gained over the holiday season, there’s no better time to start than now! If you also want to learn self-defense and have fun along the way, give martial arts a go. Sign up for a complimentary trial class to start your journey today!

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