3 Ways You Can Avoid the Holiday Bulge

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Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now, it’s back to business. Statistics show that many people fail to drop pounds gained during the holidays, but the BFT community doesn’t follow statistics! We’re working hard to break and create new ones. So don’t wait until January to get moving again and cheat yourself out of a month of potential progress! Here’s 3 tips to stay trim before the Christmas meal, and after.

1. If you still have leftovers, it’s time to freeze them. Get rid of those high-fat, high-calorie and high-carb side dishes and replace with healthier ones such as baked sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, etc. Hang on to the turkey or protein source and vegetables. Still have a sweet-tooth after all those cakes and pies? Try sautéed apples and cinnamon, plain non-fat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit or other healthy, but sweet-tooth killers such as our Protein Oatmeal Whoopie Pies! 

We’ve had several days to dig in so it’s time to get back to being disciplined!

2. Try some high intensity interval training (HIIT) this week to shed some serious calories in short amount of time. Check out our video for some ideas.  You can incorporate weight training into HIIT workouts as well.

3. Stay accountable. Keep a food journal and write down everything you eat, good or bad and include calories. There are free and useful apps on the market such as Myfitnesspal that can help you track your daily intake. Also, log your workouts so you can look back at the progress you’ve made. Remember, in order to get different results, you have to be willing to what others aren’t.

As always, you can browse through our website to find more fitness tips, motivation, healthy recipes and more!

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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