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Stay Slim During Football Season

Football season is in full swing and you know what that means…chips and dip, loaded nachos, and beer. Every Sunday brings about a plethora of diet busting foods that can be hard to resist week after week. Don’t let the family and friends fun filled day ruin all that you’ve worked for. To avoid packing on pounds use these strategies to resist those pigs in blankets.

1. When you’re picking a seat for the game, try and choose somewhere that is as far away from the food table as possible. This way it won’t be easy to go for seconds or be temped by the aroma.

2. Always remember to eat before you leave for the game to keep from over-eating. It’s not necessary to show up completely full, just a light snack like an apple, or a handful of almonds are a great snacks to keep you from becoming famished and end up filling your plate with more food than you need. Often times when you let yourself get too hungry you tend to eat faster and your body takes longer to realize its full.

3. Instead of lounging for more than three hours on the couch, get up during commercials and move around. Gather up friends and pass the pigskin outside during halftime. A game of flag football can burn up to 526 calories an hour. That can slash a lot of those chips and dip calories. If you plan to have a full day of football games galore, make sure you are staying active in between games by going for a walk or a bike ride.

4. Portion control is key! You don’t have to stick to veggies and water to stay slim. Instead of filling your plate with unhealthy foods, pick a couple things and have one each to get your fill. Don’t deprive yourself, just make sure your portions are small and you aren’t hitting up the appetizers table over and over…make a plate and leave. For an estimate of portions, use the size of your fist.

5.  If you want to be sure that there will be healthy foods to munch on, contribute your own dish to the party. Try a healthy yogurt based dip or grilled buffalo chicken.

6. Stick with your regular work out routine to avoid packing on extra pounds during this food-eating season. The holidays are right around the corner so lets try not to stretch out the bad eating habits from September to February.

 

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Use Social Media to Lose Pesky Pounds

 

Whether you can afford a trainer or a nutritionist, chances are you don’t have 24/7 access to them. Social media is a great way to find inspiration, healthy recipes, fitness routines, and great advice whenever you need it.  Having motivation at your fingertips is a great way to stay on track.

Social media gives you access to virtually unlimited information. It’s a great way to find healthy recipes that can help kick start your nutrition. Many cooking magazines offer free recipes on their websites and access to tons of advice about cooking. For quick nutrition tips, follow nutritionists, chefs, and fitness trainers that appeal to you. Pinterest is also a great site to find new recipes from all over. Not all the recipes on Pinterest are healthy so check nutrition information beforehand.

Are you getting bored with your fitness routine? Switching up your workouts is important, so your body doesn’t fall into a pattern and stop getting results. Social media allows you access to countless workouts and routines so keep your exercises fresh.  Check out fitness blogs that you like and subscribe to them to learn new workouts and advice. Pinterest and YouTube are perfect for this because they offer so many different genres of fitness to suit everyone. The benefit with YouTube is that you can watch the routines and become familiar before trying them out on your own.

If your looking for everyday motivation, and lets be honest, who isn’t, social media is a perfect outlet for it. Follow inspirational users on twitter and facebook for constant motivational quotes, pictures, you name it! For tons of motivation, try logging on to Pinterest and clicking the Health & Fitness category, you’ll be pumped up and ready to hit the gym with confidence.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and like me on facebook. Also visit my blog for new posts to help you stay on your fitness track. Social media is accessible to just about everybody so be sure to double check facts, because as they say…Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Most likely you’ll be able to pick out the not so honest posts.

 

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