7 Fast And Healthy Ways To Lose Weight For Your Holidays When Winter break comes, warmer temperatures are nearing, which means it’s time to kick it into high gear. Follow these 7 easy steps and you’ll be on your way to stopping the weight gained during those cold, winter months. 1. Find a Dietitian Research is now showing individual meal plans and their benefits for losing weight . Each person has different genetics and family history, which means a successful meal plan for one person may not work for another. Creating individualized meal plans and guides which correspond to family history, genetics and body composition is increasing in popularity. Enlisting the help of a dietitian who has this knowledge and background will make a huge difference in your weight loss goals. 2. Find a Fitness Trainer Although there are many resources that have made it easy to learn new exercises, nothing compares to having an in person, one-on-one coach motivating and pushing you. Not only do fitness trainers hold you accountable to show up and put in the effort, you’re paying for it so it becomes that much more important. In addition, fitness trainers are a wealth of knowledge and can help correct form and posture to prevent injury. Try FHMatch - it’s a great website to connect you with fitness trainers (and even dietitians) in your area. 3. Search for a Wellness Group Wellness groups or fitness groups are a great way to keep motivated and be held accountable to get your workouts in. Joining a team creates a sense of friendship and camaraderie, but also helps to keep working out interesting and pleasurable. Working out with others has been proven to be more enjoyable and there are tons of online resources to get you started. 4. Enlist Your Friends Enrolling the help of those around you can make a huge difference in your ability to lose weight. Going out with friends is typically centered around eating, which can hinder your efforts to shed a few pounds. Try participating in other activities with your friends like hiking or going for a bike ride. These are fun alternatives that will also help you burn more calories throughout the day. 5. Stairs = Your Best Friend Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If a building is equipped with an elevator, it’s also equipped with stairs (in case of an emergency or fire), but the stairs can be used at any time. It may seem taxing but making the switch to taking the stairs a few times a day can actually save you up to a few hundred calories a day. 6. Park in the Back of the Parking Lot Instead of parking in the very first parking spot, opt for a longer walk. It’s a subconscious way to sneak in extra exercise and burn extra calories. Convenience is one of the most important aspects of life in today’s society, but you’ll thank yourself when you step on the scale and look at the drop in number. 7. Eat Smaller Meals More Often Many believe in order to lose weight they have to stop eating. Not eating enough food actually slows down the body’s metabolism. The fat we eat is then stored instead of being used for energy. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner is important but so is in-between. Snacks help keep the body satiated and help to keep us from overeating. Three meals a day are not enough of a caloric intake to keep the body full. Instead, it’s better to eat 5-6 smaller meals a day so the body doesn’t become ravenously hungry. Losing weight can seem like a big undertaking, but it boils down to having the support in your life to make it happen. Enlist those around you and make small changes like taking the stairs and you’ll be on your way to the summer body you’ve always wanted. About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn