Beat the Christmas Binge, Avoid Overeating

Bingeing on Christmas is fairly common. It is the time when you forgot your fitness routines, your personal trainers aren’t available, your fitness gym classes are cut and you just became invited to lots of parties and happenings.

And due to many eating parties, it can be easy to again a couple of pounds. The food can be the major reason but the i-drop-my-guard phase also set in. now with 2 days to go before the Christmas holiday and the New Year Celebration looming, how do you avoid the extra pounds?

Eat a Healthy but Filling Breakfast

 Usually the parties can start at the eve of 24 and continue during the Christmas evening. So to avoid the overeating and gaining some pounds later, eat a tummy friendly breakfast. It should be healthy yet can still fill you and not make you crave later once you see a tableful of food.

Eat protein first

They can make you feel fuller. Leptin, the chemical messengers can get that kick from protein which can signal you if you’re full already.

Portion your Plates, Skip Calorie Counting

Calorie counting can hamper the holiday spirit. Instead eat the food you like but avoid the ones that can be potentially unhealthy. Portion the part of your plate into non-starchy vegetables, a quarter of lamb or turkey and skin free foods.

And for sauces and gravies, minimize it. For dressings of salad, choose healthier options instead of mayonnaise.

Add Some Heat in Your Food

Hot sauces and other spicy condiments can help in revving up your metabolism. Plus it can help in suppressing your appetite preventing you to eat more. But if your palate can’t take it, go and move on to the next tip.

Kick Up Some Green Tea on Your Meals

Start with breakfast, lunch and finally during the Christmas dinner. Have some green tea. It’s slightly caffeinated and unsweetened. It can fill you up and help your metabolism process. But of course you can’t stop that wine cravings, have the wine after.

Deal with the Leftovers

       Usually the left overs can do the most harm in your waistline. Many people may feel the need not to waste the cake or the big portion of that meat in the refrigerator. For suggestion here are some tips in dealing with your holiday leftovers:

    1. Have your guests bring it home if you feel that it isn’t evil to have them gain the pound instead. Or better, portion them to each of your guests. Sounds better enough.
    2. Freeze food in small portions so you won’t have to take them out in whole the next day and be compelled to eat all of them.
    3. Put food in the fridge not in the fridge. Frozen ones are not easy to eat. This way you can take these frozen ones and prepare a healthy meals instead not just the next day but for the next days.

Or Why Not Go and Eat Out?

A Christmas dinner out can have a few possible benefits. One, there will be no left-over. Two, there can be healthy options in the menu. Three, eat in a posh restaurant (it’s once in a year celebration anyway) and your bill will tell you to stop early. I was kidding with the third one of course.

And Lastly, Let Your Will Win

During this hearty meal season, your will can be overpowered by your palate. Stop. Remember those times you worked out? The times you struggle to lose those extra flabs for months? Why would you have it back in just a day or two of bingeing?

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So see, the fattening Christmas banquets can be beaten. So instead of eating a lot, why not enjoy the season through a vacation instead? Or Go and stroll after or go and play with your nephews and nieces and kids. Aside from the feast, it’s a time to reconnect.

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How Sleep Can Help in Losing Weight

Losing weight involves sacrifices, sweats and even tears. But all along many has been lacking out on one major factor to lose weight—sleep. And yes, going to bed earlier can be that push you’ve been needing all along.

The loss of sleep can do things to the body and that would mean an additional accumulation of flabs, fats, pounds or however you call it. Sleep loss can result to:

    1. Pangs of hunger. Sleep loss can affect the cortisol secretion. Cortisol is known to be the hormone that regulates appetite. So once there is very little sleep, the body may crave for more food even though the food taken in the body is already sufficient enough.
    2. Fat storage increase. Since the body may find it hard to metabolize carbohydrate due to lack of sleep, the body’s tendency is to store fat. These in consequence can lead to high blood sugar levels that can lead to overproduction of insulin when this happens the body may experience insulin resistance and develop diabetes later.

On the other hand, those people who are obese continue to have sleep problems. And it can become only a cycle if not addressed right away or given the right intervention.

Sleep Problems Among Overweight

In the opposite part of the situation, those who are already overweight may have the sleep problems permitting the chance to gain more weight. And there are scientific reasons why these occur.

    1. Due to sleep apnea, overweight people tend to stop and start breathing again during sleep. This can be causing awakenings during the night. This can happen for numerous times in one night which can make the sufferer feel sleepy the next day.
    2. Back pain may cause lying down and sleeping uncomfortable. This can cause a bad night sleep in the process.
    3. Depression over weight again can cause insomnia or the inability to fall asleep, even at will, during the night.

Amount of Your Sleep May Dictate Your Weight

The average night sleep of human being has greatly declined since 19900’s. from the 9 hours a night, it has become 7 hours a night this time. The right amount of sleep can let one function normally. And many people still hasn’t realized that sleep and obesity are together.

The lesser you sleep the bigger chance that you may have the SAD or the Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD can make one experience food cravings. And it isn’t just the normal cravings but cravings over carbohydrates that can be accounted for that weight gain.

And sleep loss doesn’t just gain you pounds; it can cause you to be irritable, fatigued coupled with headaches.

Now, how do you overturn these situations? How will you have sleep to your advantage? Here are some tips to help you.

    1. Sleep soundly for 8 hours length.
    2. Catch up on sleep during weekends.
    3. Keep your sleeping environment peaceful, dim and free from distraction. Add a touch of music to help you calm.
    4. Eat big breakfast but little on lunch and dinner.
    5. Eat more protein during the day, it can help suppress appetite but is still good for the body.
    6. Walk some part of your day. Do it for 30 minutes.
    7. Exercise every day.

There are many approaches to deal with these sleep and weight problem. And losing weight can take time and with the sleep loss that can hamper your goal, it can be disheartening. If ever this impedes your everyday life already and can’t seem to be manageable, a good long evaluation with your general practitioner will do.

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What Is Satiereal Saffron Extract?

Satiereal Saffron Extract is a dieatary supplement that has taken the weight-loss world by storm. The supplement is made from saffron, a plant that has many medicinal properties. Saffron spice is made from the dried stigmatas of the saffron plant, and it is quite expensive to make. It can take tens of thousands of saffron blossoms to produce just one pound of the spice.

Satiereal Saffron Extract is designed to reduce cravings and feelings of hunger, making it easier for people to stick to their diets. Promoters of the extract make some lofty claims, suggesting that it is possible to lose as much as 1-2lbs per day by taking the supplement. Those claims are most likely greatly exaggerated, or include water weight lost by people who are extremely overweight and who cut down on salt, sugar and processed food at the same time as starting taking the extract.

Satiereal Saffron Extract helps to reducing cravings, and can also help to boost your energy levels. Some people find that taking the extract also helps with cramps and insomnia, and even helps to boost their sex drive. There is some scientific basis to these claims, as the medicinal properties of the saffron plant are well documented.

The Side Effects of Taking Saffron Extract

In general, saffron is considered to be perfectly safe when taken as a food, however there may be some side effects associated with taking saffron extract in high doses. Common side effects include dizziness, a dry mouth, headaches and drowsiness.

It is possible to overdose on saffron, and overdoses can lead to feelings of numbness, vomiting, and bleeding. People who suffer from bipolar disorder may find that taking large doses of saffron makes their disorder worse. In those cases, it is a good idea to seek professional medical advice before starting Satireal Saffron Extract supplementation, or taking any other supplement or herbal remedy.

Buying Saffron Extract

Saffron extract is considered to be a dietary supplement, rather than a drug, so it is widely available in supermarkets and grocery stores as well as health food shops. It is usually sold in tablet form, and a jar of tablets should last approximately two months. When taking saffron extract as a weight loss supplement, you may need to take it for several months, and you should make an effort to adjust your diet at the same time. Saffron extract will work only if the rest of your lifestyle is in check. The supplement can help you to control your appetite, but for long-term weight loss to occur you must build healthy habits that you will be able to stick with for the rest of your life. This means learning to cook food from scratch, exercising portion control, and also learning to cope with the occasional treat. Do not try to starve yourself when taking saffron extract. The appetite suppressing nature of the supplement may make temporary starvation diets possible, but you are likely to binge eat as soon as you cease taking the supplement.