Tip 1: Eat protein and veggies FIRST.
Did you know that just by eating your foods in the wrong order, you can send your fat-storing hormones soaring?!
Studies show that by eating your protein and veggies first, you significantly decrease blood glucose levels by 37% at the 60 minutes mark after your meal.
Insulin levels are also significantly lower when protein and veggies are eaten before carbs.
Takeaway: Eat your turkey, green beans, and asparagus before the potatoes and stuffing!
Tips 2: Prevent Belly Fat with Apple Cider Vinegar
Known as the ‘Fat Burning Elixir,’ Apple Cider Vinegar has become well-known for it’s ability to maximize insulin sensitivity.
Without optimal insulin sensitivity, all the protein and carbs you eat on Thanksgiving Day (or any day for that matter) never get delivered to your muscles, they get stored as belly fat instead! Ack!!!
One study showed that Apple Cider Vinegar can reduce blood sugar by a whopping 34%! Plus, it aids in heart health and helps with weight loss by detoxifying your liver, increasing metabolism, and suppressing hunger levels. What’s not to like?
Takeaway: Consume 1-2 T with water and lemon before your feast and take control of your fat burning hormones!
Tip 3: Do a HIIT Workout early in the day to rev up your metabolism!
Performing a High Intensity workout before your meal sends your metabolism sky-rocketing and will ensure any carbs you overeat are stored inside muscle tissue and not in your belly! You can redirect your favorite Thanksgiving food straight to muscle tissue instead of your belly by using 3 minute intervals, like in the workout below. This turns on GLUT4 in your body, which is a glucose transporter responsible for transporting fuel from the carbs you eat to either fat or muscle.
Don’t want to store fat?
Try this quick, 30-minute sweat sesh that you can do right at home and prevent belly fat storage! You’ve got to earn that pie, girl!
So grab a timer, and maybe your spouse or your kids, and get that body moving!
Takeaway: You’ll be THANKFUL you got a little sweaty prior to eating.
1. 2 minutes jog in place
2. 30 seconds each of the following exercises: body squats, plank on elbows, walking lunges, side plank on elbows (each side)
3. Perform any stretches needed for 1 minute.
Perform 2 minutes of the listed exercise followed by 1 minute cardio burner (each round is 3 minutes)
Round 1: Squat Jumps or Body Squats with Burpees (modify as needed)
Round 2: Push ups with Mountain Climbers
Round 3: Wall Sit with Burpees (modify as needed)
Round 4: Shoulder Pushups with Butt Kickers
Round 5: Split Jumps or Reverse Lunges with Burpees (modify as needed)
Round 6: Push ups with Running High Knees (modify to a slow high knees)
Round 7: Squat Jumps or Body Squats with Burpees (modify as needed)
Round 8: Plank Twisters with Oblique Mt. Climbers
Round 9: Arm Circles while balancing on 1-foot (1-minute right, 1-minute left) with Burpees
Round 10: Run in place with jump the (pretend) line side to side
1. Walk, either in place or around your room, for 1-2 minutes to bring your heart rate down.
2. 30 seconds each of the following dynamic stretches: walking high knees, slow walking lunges, arm circles
downward dog, upward dog
3. Static stretches, hold for 10-15 seconds: touch your toes, calf stretch, chest opener (clasp hands in back and lift)