If you’ve been struggling with your excess fat, the prospect of the next vacation can fill you with dread.
Your clothes hardly fit as is. If things go the way they usually go over the holidays, you may have to join the post-holiday shopping crowds out of necessity. You will have nothing to wear, because you will have nothing left.
I don’t know about you, but that prospect always embarrasses me. I have been there and I prefer not to repeat it.
This is why I have occasionally approached the holiday season in quite the opposite spirit when it comes to my food intake. And I plan to do it again this year.
How is that? Easy.
There are two important weight loss facts that work in my favor here:
Every pound I lose between Thanksgiving and early January counts twice!
It is a matter of simple math!
As you know, those of us who are already struggling with the extra weight can easily add 10 pounds or more during a few weeks of reckless cookie and eggnog ingestion. I’ve done it before and I don’t mind repeating that particular feat.
Now imagine this: instead of adding 10 pounds, how would you feel if you lost 10 pounds? Or even “only” 5 pounds. You’d be way ahead of the game, wouldn’t you?
Sure, it will be a bit complicated. Perhaps even a great annoyance. But only for a few weeks. In the meantime, if you factor in the payoff, it will seem like it’s worth it.
But it wouldn’t be half a good idea if it weren’t for the number two fat loss secret:
Most people’s bodies seem to respond very well to alternating high-calorie and low-calorie days.
There are several diets that feature this technique, including renegade versions of the traditional ones. Just take a look at the Wendie Plan, Wendie’s version of Weight Watchers, where he spreads the extra 35 “points” in just 3-4 of the 7 days, creating some ups and downs.
However, the weight will just drop, drop, and drop a bit more because that kind of “weight cycle” prevents our bodies from turning into metabolic slugs.
Imagine the potential of this little trick. It could work its magic by simply planning a few diet days alternating with a few less restrictive days, carefully scheduling the most generous allowances for days with office parties, family Christmas celebrations, etc.
That is exactly what I am going to do.
Yes I know! It is going to be difficult with all the novelties of the season.
So let’s review the benefits:
If you lose weight NOW, it will count DOUBLE!
Instead of gaining 10 pounds, you could LOSE 10 pounds!
Net loss: 20 pounds, maybe even more!
Wouldn’t THAT be worth a little clumsiness around the punch bowl? Imagine being so much slimmer on New Years Eve! Imagine the dress you could wear, the one that doesn’t fit you in a long time! Imagine all your friends who have put on the pounds in the meantime, wondering how the hell you managed to lose weight.
Ahead. You deserve to look and feel great! Make that new and improved body your own personal Christmas gift.