Ok, so you may have read our tips for a healthier Thanksgiving, but we know staying on track during Turkey Day is much easier said than done. There’s a lot of temptation on Thanksgiving, and let’s face it, most of it is calories. So if you want to say goodbye to your turkey weight, New York personal trainer Derek Peruo has these five post-thanksgiving tips:
1. Stay away from carbs.
After all the stuffing and pumpkin pie, avoid eating pasta, breads and fruits for a day or two. Eating too many carbs makes us gain weight by spiking blood sugar levels. So, eating fewer sugars and starches and more eggs, fish, and healthy fats, such as olive oil and avocado, goes a long way to prevent unwanted spokes in blood sugar. This helps to reduce the fat your body tries to store.
2. Eat cinnamon.
Cinnamon helps control blood sugar, making it harder for your body to store fat. A tablespoon or two per day is all you need. Try adding it to your morning coffee or a protein shake.
3. Lift heavy weights.
Put all those extra Thanksgiving calories to good use by lifting some heavy weights. When you lift heavy, calories are used as fuel and are not stored as fat. The more often you lift, the more calories your body uses, and the easier it is to shed those extra pounds. Perform 10-15 reps each of pill-ups, squats, push-ups and reverse lunges without rest. After you complete all the repetitions, rest one minute and repeat three to four times.
4. Run hill sprints.
If your gym is closed, try sprinting. Find a good hill and run as fast as you can up it. When you reach the top, turn around and walk back down. Then, rest three to four minutes and repeat five to six times. If you do it correctly, you will really feel your legs burn.
5. Drink more water.
Humans need to drink two to four liters of water each day, but most of us don’t get anywhere near that much! The day after Thanksgiving, have a water bottle with you at all times and sip from it often. Drinking water gives you a sense of being full so you don’t eat too many leftovers. Plus, staying hydrated helps keep skin looking young and healthy.
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