Coppell Personal Trainer and Boot Camp Weight Loss and Fitness Tip of the Week

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Nov 04

Coppell Personal Trainer and Boot Camp Weight Loss and Fitness Tip of the Week – How Planning Ahead Can Help You Lose Weight Before Thanksgiving

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Coppell Personal Trainer and Boot Camp Weight Loss and Fitness Tip of the Week – How Planning Ahead Can Help You Lose Weight  Before Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving and Christmas season is always a tough time of year to lose weight, tone up, and get in shape. If you are already in shape, it is usually a time of year when you gain a few pounds because your eating habits get worse and you usually exercise less. Many of us have the weeks leading up the Thanksgiving that seem to be very busy.  Because you know you have Thanksgiving coming up, you stack up your plate full of functions, activities, and other “stuff” that tends to take time away from exercise and eating healthy.  When Thanksgiving does some around it seems like 3, 4, and 5 days of just overeating and not exercising.  The idea of us celebrating life being around family and friends during Thanksgiving has always formed around food. This one meal then turns into many high calorie meals following it. Enough about that, let’s focus of how you can use planning ahead to lose weight before Thanksgiving.

Before you start any program you have to set a goal before you begin. Why do you really want to lose weight? If you have a big enough goal, this will help you those times when you simply do not want to stick the program. Having a passion and desire to reach your end goal will allow you to put extra effort to ensure you are reaching your goal. It is important to put your goal in writing. “I want to lose 10 pounds before Thanksgiving!” “I will work out 5 times each week three weeks before Thanksgiving.” If you do not put your goals in writing, chances are, you will forget what it is. Once you have your goal written down, you then have to put it where you can see it. Have sticky notes around the places you are in the most. Some places can include your car, the mirror on the bathroom and in your office are good spots. If you have the goal the planning ahead part will be easy.

You have to realize that any weight loss or fitness program is really just a change in the habits that you do each and every day. You have all heard of the term “healthy lifestyle”, right? Healthy lifestyle is merely developing healthy habits of eating healthy and exercising into your lifestyle. If anyone is looking to lose weight before Thanksgiving, having the mindset that you will be changing your habits over the next few weeks and months will help because then you are focused on changing those habits more.  

Planning and preparing your meals and snacks can seem like it would take a long time and it will be tough to begin since it is not something you normally do. You read any fitness and nutrition book on the market and you will read about planning your meals and snacks ahead of time and how it can help you reach your weight loss goals. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, make it a priority to follow this simple tip.

The first step in preparation is going shopping for healthy foods that you can make into healthy meals and snacks. Designate one or two days out of a seven-day period to buy and prepare your meals and snacks. This means you will need to take some time to go to the store and get your food for the week. Once you do it a few times, you will know what you want and you will not have to be in the store the 2 hours. Knowing the healthy options will take some time as you will need to find out what brands do not have the high fructose corn syThis process will probably take 30 minutes to an hour. As a general rule when shopping, try to stick to the outer edge of the store. The healthier, fresher options are usually along the outside isles of the store. The foods on the inside of the store, generally, are processed foods made to stay on the shelves for long periods of time. Get foods such as lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy products, and other healthy foods for meals and snacks. You will then need to take some time to cook some of the foods that need to be cooked. An example would be buying chicken and cooking all of it. Once they are cooked you only need to heat them up in the microwave to eat.

Planning each small meal and snack for each week and having it ready will keep your body fueled and your metabolism going all day long. Your body will be one burning fire that will keep you feeling good and energized throughout the day. Being prepared will help you stay ahead of the game. Being prepared with healthier, self prepared foods will also help you save money in the long run because you don’t have to eat out all the time at fast food places, restaurants, convenient stores, and cafés. More than likely you will also get tired of the daily task in doing making 3 small meals and 2-3 snacks each day. This is another great reason to take time once or twice a week to be prepared because it saves time each day when you usually do not have time to cook. Having a day where you plan and prepare your meals throughout the week will help. Having something to eat will also stop the excuse of going to through a fast food line because you did not have time to fix something to eat.  

Written by:  Brad Linder M.S., NASM – CPT   
Brad is the founder of www.GetYouInShape.com  which is a health and fitness company dedicated to helping people get in shape. Dallas Boot Camps, Coppell Boot Camps, Personal Fitneess Training, the 40 Day Challenge, Weight Loss, Sports Performance and Nutritional Program are a few of the main services that www.GetYouInShape.com provides for their clients.
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