December Weight Loss Challenge

Winters months are usually slow and chilly, still it is important that we continue on our journey of maintaining good health and fitness. Let’s look at certain habits and tips which you must include in your routine for winters. These simple yet important tips will allow you to lose belly fat and extra weight in winters.

Sip on warm detox water

  • Heat the water slightly and store it in a thermos
  • Add herbs and spices like pinch of cinnamon, mint, fennel or cardamom to your usual water
  • Benefits of sipping on warm detox water
  • It fires up your metabolism
  • Supports weight loss
  • Promotes mental health
  • Boosts immunity
  • Regulates blood sugar levels

Eat veggies first

  • Winters months are loaded with many seasonal veggies
  • Veggies are associated with weight loss and boosting metabolism
  • They are packed with number of antioxidants and fibre that help facilitate weight loss

Pump up your meal with protein

  • Consume at least handful of protein in every meal
  • Add 15-20 grams of quality protein per meal
  • Protein helps boost metabolism, immunity, muscles and energy

Healthy fat in moderation

  • Healthy fat should be included in moderation in every meal
  • Include both visible and invisible fat in your diet

Indulge in soups and herbal tea

  • Soups are a good option for supplementing your diet
  • Once in a while, just consuming a bowl of soup as a meal helps your system recover from all the food fatigue
  • Similarly, herbal tea contains a number of antioxidants which are extremely good for health

Set time to bask in the sun

  • Getting sufficient sunlight in very important specially in winters
  • Winters months are gloomy, which may result in mood swings and stress
  • Sunlight helps lower stress and promotes good sleep in the body
  • It also aids absorption of fat soluble vitamin like vitamin E, A and K
  • It also helps balance the hormones in the body

Correct workout

  • Your workout has to be a combination of cardio and strength training
  • If possible, do intense cardio for 10-15 minutes in the morning
  • Do this on a empty stomach
  • Your workout should be 60 % cardio and 40 % strength training

Intermittent fasting

  • Intermittent fasting is a eating pattern
  • You set out hours in which you eat and hours in which you don’t
  • Start easy with eating window of 13 : 11 and gradually increase it

Millets

  • Introduce millets to your diet
  • If you are new to millet, consume it at least 2-3 times in a week
  • When you get used to it, you can increase it to 4-5 times a week

Don’t deprive yourself

  • Treat yourself with homemade healthy hot chocolate or dessert
  • You can also consume other baked food to keep your hunger hormones in check
  • Consume these without any guilt whatever as your consuming it once a while
  • These help keep your hunger hormones and mood in control

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