5 Dieting Tips for the Holiday Season

With big family dinners to attend, cookies, pie and other carbolicious treats being thrown in front of you in heaping amounts, it is tough to stick your fat burning diet during the holidays. It’s seems almost impossible to resist all the delicious morsels that abound during the holiday season. If you have trouble dieting during the holidays, here are five tips that will help you stay on the wagon.

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5 Tips To Help With Big Family Dinners

Indulge Yourself Responsibly

It is difficult to smell the delicious aroma of food during big family dinners and not yearn to give in; especially when everyone else is in an eating frenzy. The solution here is portion control. Allow yourself a small amount of meat and stuffing or mashed potatoes. Have a little bit of yams if you like. Just keep your portions of these items small and eat much larger portions of healthier fat burning foods like vegetables and salads so you don’t walk away from the table hungry.

Don’t skip breakfast or lunch because you plan on eating a big dinner. By the time you sit down to eat dinner your resolve will be considerably weaker because you’ll be ravenous. Have your regular breakfast and lunch as well as some healthy snacks throughout the day so that you are not so hungry when the big meal comes.

Drink Plenty of Water

While this is probably already part of your fat burning diet plan, drinking lots of water is especially important during the holiday season. Water helps you feel full so that you’ll be less inclined to fill your plate with foods that aren’t on your diet. Drinking water during the meal will also help you pace yourself so that you don’t overindulge.

Resist Peer Pressure

If you are dining with family and/or friends, some hosts may feel that you don’t like their cooking if they see you eating very little. They might even, literally, put food in front of your face and say, “Eat up, there’s plenty here.” The best way to avoid this is to explain to the host, before the meal, that you are on a fat burning diet and you hope that he or she doesn’t mind that you have to limit how much of his or her scrumptious food you can eat.

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Forgive Yourself

If you make a mistake and eat too much at a holiday event, don’t use it as an excuse to go off your diet for the rest of the holiday season. Stick to the game plan. If you have an off-day, try to make up for it by cutting some calories or adding extra fat burning exercise to your routine for a few days. Never skip meals to make up for mistakes the day before, though. Don’t let one slip-up be an excuse to give up on your fat burning diet altogether.

Sometimes dieters feel guilty during the holiday season because they have to limit how much they eat while everyone else is spoiling themselves. Keep your goals in mind and use these helpful tips so that you can enjoy yourself guilt-free. If you can resist temptation, you’ll make it through the holidays healthier and happier.

About the Author: Tony Smith is a full-time writer and knows what it is like to deal with the added stress of the holidays. He enjoys writing about health, fitness, and personal finance and frequently contributes content to creditloan.com.

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A Simple Exercise For A Flatter Stomach.

If you have read the Truth about Six Pack Absmanual you may know this

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unique trick. What trick you may be wondering? Well, the one that is a simple exercise doable anywhere, anytime to get a flatter stomach over time.

This is not a fat burning exercise, but it is a way to flatten your stomach. This exercise will help strengthening your deeper stomach (transversus abdominis) muscles. The strengthening of these muscles will assist you with your lazy stomach muscles. In order to achieve this you need to do an exercise called “ab vacuums.”

A superb time to do this is while driving to and from work, or the grocery store, or how about to the pub and so on. For the best results, you have to do them regularly… thus it is best to choose a specific time and/or location to do them.

Ab vacuums are simple:
What make ab vacuums super easy exercises? You can do them anywhere, at any time; standing, seated, kneeling or even lying on your back.

How to do it.

Start by inhaling deeply. While exhaling pull your belly button in as far as you can by imagining you’re trying to touch your belly button to your spine and holding for 10-20 seconds at a time. Several repetitions are advisable. To get the full benefit of this exercise it is best to make it a habit. Always trying to pull in your stomach in a little deeper than the previous time.

Note that this is not a fat burning exercise… it is only helping you to strengthen your lazy deep ab muscles and flatten your round stomach.

The only way to a true “six pack abs” appearance, is to burn off the body fat that covers your abs… To create a new looking you with fabulous abs you will need a strategic nutritional program, a special fat burning workout program and of course the most important part, the right mindset.

Did you like this short and sweet tip on how to get a flatter stomach? Inside the Truth about Six Pack Abs manual you will find a lot more tips and tricks to help you achieve a better looking body.

If you liked this tip feel free to email this link (or post this link to twitter or face book) to any friends or family that may want to try these “ab vacuums” to get a flatter stomach.

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If you’re stressing about the tides of that ocean of lard on your belly not receding, you might want to consider the possibility that what you’re doing wrong may not be your exercise or your fat burning diet, but your stress itself.  For most people, anxiety itself can actually lead to increased weight gain.  If you’re thinking to yourself, doesn’t anxiety speed up your metabolism and suppress your appetite?  It does initially, but the hormone cortisol is released by the adrenal gland as your body’s natural way of calming itself down, which works well until it gives you an inevitable spike in appetite.  Cortisol itself actually converts fats and protein into glucose to be burned off, but it’s this impending spike in appetite that is the reason why many people gain weight.

The first solution to this may be to get anxiety medication, but many of them can exacerbate weight gain themselves.  For instance, Paxil and most other SSRIs can induce carb-cravings and slow down metabolism.  Instead, you should consider non medicinal methods of anxiety “exercises.” Not only are they less expensive, but have been proven to help with a litany of other ailments as well.

The most inexpensive one out there is probably Progressive Muscle Relaxation.  PMR is based upon the fact that muscle tension and anxiety are directly related.  The idea is that if you tense and then release all the muscles in your body, it will work in reverse, signaling to your brain that you are in a relaxed state.  It only takes around 15 minutes a day, and consists of simply tensing and relaxing all the muscles in your body (skipping the ones that aren’t “problem” muscles).  Although PMR only cures anxiety temporarily, many people believe that habitual use can lead to the ability to “turn off” the anxiety just by imagining the exercises.

If you have a little more money to spend, you can also try biofeedback.  Biofeedback focuses on strengthening the connection between the body and the mind just like PMR, but with a more permanent intent.  Many biofeedback kits come with a headset and software that monitors physiological functions such as heart beat, sweat production and respiration.  The goal of this training is to condition your mind to consciously alter the rate of these functions, leading to a change in the disorder that they are a symptom of.  Biofeedback has been proven in studies to not only reduce anxiety, but ulcers and hypertension as well.

Try some of these exercises, and even if you don’t notice your gut getting smaller, the prevention from future ailments that these exercises offer make it more than worthwhile.

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Eric Hirota is a personal trainer at LAVA Sport & Fitness located in San Diego, CA. He specializes in plyometrics and lowering body fat percentage.

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Fat Burning Diets For Women

Fat burning diets are not something you do for a week or six; it is a shifting in your mindset towards a healthy lifestyle. The best way is to start by making small healthy lifestyle changes and the first step maybe to start with a fat burning diet.

Have you seen your abs lately? We all have abdominal muscles, but when we gain weight, it tends to accumulate in the stomach area. Not only does this hide those abs and increase our pant size, it’s also bad for our health. Excess belly fat has been linked to disease of the heart, liver and other organs.

David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine, recognized this problem and designed the Abs Diet. Geared toward men, this fat burning diet incorporated a list of healthy fat burning food, small, frequent meals and an exercise regimen into a plan to flatten the stomach. This diet became so popular that Zinczenko adapted it for women. Released in 2007, The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life was a great success.

Fat Burning Food for the Abs Diet

One of the keys to success with the Abs Diet is the incorporation of twelve “powerfoods” into the diet. These fat burning foods all have great nutritional value, and it’s easy to remember them using the acronym “Abs Diet Power.” They are:

Almonds and other nuts
Beans and legumes
Spinach and other green veggies
Dairy (low fat or fat free)
Instant oatmeal
Eggs
Turkey and other lean meats
Peanut butter
Olive oil
Whole-grain bread and cereal
Extra-protein powder
Raspberries and other berries

Another important part of this fat burning diet is eating not three, but six meals each day. Eating frequent small meals can help satisfy hunger with fewer calories. It also boosts the metabolism and helps avoid cheating.

But perhaps the most popular aspect of the Abs Diet is the freedom to eat whatever you want for one meal each week. Dieters are not required to follow any of the diet’s guidelines for this one meal. It’s sort of a built-in splurge, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods on occasion without breaking the diet.

The Importance of Fat Burning Exercises

When it comes to having great abs, exercise is an absolute must. Surprisingly, fat burning exercises are optional during the first 2 weeks of the Abs Diet plan. This is intended to help dieters ease into the transition, making them more likely to stick with it. But on the third week and beyond, regular exercise is required.

The Abs Diet fat burning exercise program focuses more on muscles, than on a cardiovascular workout. It is built around circuit training, which consists of a series of strength-building exercises done at a fast pace. This keeps the heart rate up, burns fat and keeps the workout as short as possible. The program also promotes the use of compound exercises, which are simply exercises that work multiple muscle groups at the same time.

While there is some debate about whether you can really flatten your stomach in just 6 weeks, the testimonials for the Abs Diet have been quite favorable. It combines good nutrition with an intense yet short workout routine to promote overall health, weight loss and leaner abdominal muscles. The ability to eat six times a day and work out for just 20 minutes three times a week has made the Abs Diet a favorite of many.

If you are serious about your health, this fat burning diet is easy to follow and a fantastic way to take your taste buds on a food adventure.  Give yourself the gift of life by changing to a healthy lifestyle.

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Weight loss is all about changing your unhealthy habits with a fat burning diet to a healthy lifestyle. What many don’t realize that this cannot be done overnight!

If you try to make significant changes in your lifestyle within a very short time, chances are that you will only be frustrated and disappointed with your fat burning diet and weight loss efforts. In addition, there is more to weight loss than just diet and exercise.

In this article, I will take you beyond the world of strict fat burning diets and rigorous fat burning exercise routines!

Avoid self-sabotaging thoughts:
Self-sabotaging thoughts will do you more harm than fake diet pills. Just imagine, if you always think that you cannot do the things you need to do in order to lose weight, how can you ever achieve your weight loss goals?

If you think that you cannot do sit-ups and push-ups, you are probably jumping to conclusions and being too self-analytical even before you have tried these fat burning exercises!

If you think that doing thirty push-ups is overwhelming for you, start small. Start with 10 push-ups, and thank yourself once you have done it successfully! Then try to add one or two extra push-ups every day to your fat burning exercise routine until you reach your target of thirty.

You see, when you start small, it becomes much easier to reach your goals!

Instead of thinking too much, just take action and DO it! The amount of time you spend on thinking and criticizing yourself, you may as well as spend it on some fat burning exercises. While the former will do you no good, the latter will help you burn fat and lose weight!

Get support:
Proper support is essential in order to keep you determined and motivated in your quest to a healthy lifestyle with fat burning diets. Without support, you won’t be able to lose weight successfully.

It is essential that you enlist the support of your friends and family who understand you and support your goals. It is also essential that you choose a fat burning diet program, which offers support to its members in the form of a support group or forum. In a forum, you will get support and tips from your peers and experts alike!

Surround yourself with supportive people and stay away from the negative people who can only find faults with you!

All it takes is to take the first small step and get a fat burning diet filled with fat burning food. Fat burning food will enhance any diet, besides you can be adventurous and make delicious mouth-watering meals.

If you follow these tips, there is no reason why you won’t be able to lose weight and look great! Remember that you can achieve whatever you believe in your mind. If you believe you can lose weight, you WILL! It does sound cliché but is very much true!

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