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Keep your weight at bay this festive season


Date Posted: 12/24/2012 5:55:12 AM

Posted By: fly1234  Membership Level: Bronze  Total Points: 15

Most Kenyans would like to stay in shape during this festive season, but most of them don't understand how to do it. This editorial, will help outlines a plan to help accomplish this objective.

Start by taking a glance at your current lifestyle and eating habits, make general decisions around what you are doing. There's two main factors to think about in your approach, nutrition and exercising. I know you frown when i mention "exercise". Unfortunately, there aren't any shortcuts, you have do constantly exercise your body if you are weight conscious.But there's also lots of questions that you need to ask yourself in order to formulate a basic strategy:

You need to build a plan without much instant shock to your method, and you need to take in to consideration the increased seasonal calories that you will be taking in. I would recommend trying to eat a moderate diet, and increasing your exercise program to combat the additional holiday food that you may eat. In case you don't think you have the time to increase your workouts, then you can select to either decrease your calorie intake, or increase the intensity of your exercise method. It's two way! If time allows, I would definitely recommend increasing your cardio workouts in the coursework of this time of the year.

Are you happy along with your current weight, or are you trying to lose weight? Do you exercise regularly, or are you sedentary? How long and how intense are your exercises?

If you are an athlete or former athlete and can do sports training or more intense activity such as plyometrics, then mixing these in to your method in lieu of cardio will actually burn more calories. With sprints and plyometrics, a 5:1 rest to work ratio is ideal for training. That may sound like

much rest, but you will need the break time to be able to go all out. The human body is not designed to maintain peak intensity for long hours.

In case you do cardio for one hour, five to 6 times a week, and add light weights with high reps thrice a week, then you ought to be able to get through the Holidays without any weight gain, unless you are eating chocolate and italian pizza or fries every day! But in case you haven't been working out at all, then scale down to doing cardio three to four times a week, and weights two times a week.

You can also weigh yourself everyday in the morning to hold yourself accountable. In case you are weighing yourself everyday, then you will also know what works and what doesn't give results, and how definite foods and exercise programs affect your weight. Keep in mind, no matter how much you workout, in case you eat more calories than you burn, then you will probably gain weight. Not all calories are created equal, so try to limit your saturated fats, trans fats, carbohydrates, and sugars. Try your best not to eat any of these after 7 pm, for maximal fat burn throughout sleep.

keep in mind that after the holidays are over, your New Year's resolutions must focus on weight loss and getting in to proper shape, because you'll be well on your way there!

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