Avoid Summer Holiday Weight Gain – 5 Simple Fat Burning Tips

by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS on June 15, 2009 · 4 comments

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All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say ‘Yo Goober! Where’s the meat?’…You don’t win friends with salad.

– Homer Simpson

At this time of year, we can use every last tip to help avoid Holiday weight gain. So here are 5 simple fat loss tips for beginner & advanced readers.

1) No liquid calories (with the exception of a post-workout drink).

Get rid of all the juices, the sodas, and the sports drinks. Liquid sugar is the last thing you need when you are trying to lose fat.

You must also limit your alcohol intake – especially if you are adding mix to drinks…that is a double calorie bomb! A single “Jack and Coke” is over 200 calories (100 calories from booze and 100 calories from mix).

2) No fast food.

Do not eat at fast food restaurants. Even if you choose what you think is healthy, remember this:

Fast food restaurants are all about profit.

And in order to profit while giving you cheap, quick, and easy to prepare foods, the quality of the food ingredients will be poor – especially the protein.

Now you might have read that you can still make healthy choices at fast food restaurants. But you know what, that’s just politically-correct opinion. If it’s fast food, it’s poor food.

Walking into a burger joint and grabbing a chicken breast on a white bread bun with a piece of old lettuce and a half-green, half-pink tomato is “barely” healthy eating.

The politically-incorrect truth is that it’s going to take time and effort to eat properly. You will have to plan, shop, and prepare healthy meals. You will have to spend time cleaning, cutting, and cooking your food. That’s the truth.

But believe me, it will taste so much better than fast food, and healthy eating will make you more alert. Eating fast food will make you feel terrible, and will make you want to have an afternoon nap at your desk.

Make one small improvement to your nutrition everyday for the rest of your life.

3) Eat more fruits and vegetables.

If you are eating 2 servings per day, then go up to 4 servings per day by the end of the week. And even if you think you are doing great by having 5 servings per day, you still need to double that (take 2-3 weeks to work your way up to 10 servings per day).

Stick with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables – organic if possible.

4) Eat 1oz of almonds or walnuts per day (1/2 oz in the AM, and the other half in the afternoon).

Most nuts are roasted in oils (possible source of trans fats), so stick to natural or dry-roasted nuts.

Don’t panic…this small amount of nuts won’t make you fat, but will fill you up and help you lose weight.

5) Be consistent with your workouts.

And make sure the workouts are efficient and effective. To make it easy for you to follow, stick with the Turbulence Training fat burning workout system.

It doesn’t matter if you train in the morning before or after breakfast, or at night before or after dinner, or at 1pm on days when the moon is in line with Saturn…don’t worry about the details, just train consistently.

6) BONUS TIP: Go for a walk after lunch or dinner (or anytime you eat a big meal).

Research shows this will help you control your cholesterol and triglycerides, plus any movement is better than sitting around watching the TV and snacking.

About the Author: Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit Turbulence Training for Fat Loss.

[Editor’s Comments: With the 4th of July right around the corner, barbeques, parties…it’s just too easy to put on a few extra pounds in a hurry. That’s why I love Craig’s tips. They are simple, effective and easy to do.

You don’t have to change all of your bad habits in one day. Just work a little bit each day to improve your lifestyle, and great things will happen.

If you haven’t started improving your health yet, make a commitment today to try these 5 tips. If you’ve already taken that first step and you’re ready to really kick it into high gear, change your workouts and try Craig’s system. Below is a link just for readers of The Healthy Minute where you can check out Turbulence Training for free.

Click here =>> Free Turbulence Training Workouts

If you try them out, come back and leave us a Comment. We’d love to know what you think!]

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michele June 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm

I have cut out fast food and liquid sugar, does wine count. I read the alcohol section as I swallowed my wine and gulped loudly, then I said oops. Well, in moderation correct? I have noticed a huge difference once I cut those out. Now I just need to get my butt up from these blogs and start exercising ; ) Thanks for the great advice, hopefully I can keep on track with these great tips through the summer or maybe the rest of my life.

2 Alexdan July 2, 2009 at 3:28 am

I was just going through the latest twitters and found your remark. I surely can use the spinal excercises. I will add them to my Tao excercises, which are also great. Thanks for publishing the note.

3 KonstantinMiller July 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I think I will try to recommend this post to my friends and family, cuz it’s really helpful.

4 Caine rain July 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

killer post, u just helped me big time. thanks

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