8 Simple Rules for a Slim Christmas

Like it or not, the great holiday juggernaut that is Christmas is rumbling out of hibernation and preparing to rear its garland-adorned head. Whether you’re ready or not for Bing Crosby on repeat, special-edition peppermint products, and heaps of holiday stress, now’s the time to prepare your battle plans.

If squeezing into that holiday dress required a Christmas miracle last year, Bio-Synergy’s got the expertise to make it happen. Follow these 8 Simple Rules to a Slim Christmas and you’ll be valuable real estate under the mistletoe come the 25th.

1. RISE AND SHINE
It’s the same for smart gift shopping as it is for the human body: get started early. And a week or two won’t cut it. Circle September 25th on the calendar. It’s exactly 13 weeks out, and it’s a must to use every second of that time to make important yet gradual changes to the body. Giving your body plenty of time to slim down has two important effects: it allows the weight loss to be permanent, and it avoids stressful last-minute diets that lead to yo-yoing weight and unhealthy eating.

2. OPEN YOUR EYES

A recent study found that shoppers who read the nutritional information of the food they buy weigh an average of 9 lbs less than those who don’t. Take an interest in what you’re eating and take a look at the label. If there are any ingredients listed that a 3rd grader couldn’t pronounce, drop it.

3. PULL THE SWEET TOOTH
Refined or processed sugars are a major source of empty calories – try to cut them out entirely. That means avoiding confectionary, soda, energy drinks, and white flour (bread, pastries, pasta, rice, etc.). For a healthier base to use with dinner, try quinoa or bulgur wheat. Both are high in fibre, lowcarb alternatives that bring a fresh twist to the old stirfry.

4.  A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS
Smart supplementation can be the difference between success and failure in any weight-management program. Get some guardian angels on your side with proven weight-loss products like Bio-Synergy Body Perfect or Bio-Synergy CLA. Body Perfect uses powerful herbal extracts to boost your metabolism, and CLA burns up fat stored in cellulite. Taken together, they’re a powerful ally in the war on weight.

5. FEATS OF STRENGTH
While cardio work is important, it doesn’t burn nearly as much fat as resistance or weights work in the gym. Pick up a kettlebell or get to work with some resistance bands to develop the lean muscle that leads to a toned figure and can as much as triple your metabolism. Aim for at least 3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour per session.

6. FRY AND DIE
Above all else, steer clear of fried foods. That means chips, crisps, and anything else dipped in a vat of saturated oils. Abs are made in the gym and revealed in the kitchen. They’re buried by fried food.

7. NOT ALL CARBS ARE BAD

Your body needs carbs – they’re an important source of daily energy. Just make sure to consume the right ones: fruits and vegetables. And frequently. Keep plenty of fruit on hand for snacking in between meals. Or try baking sweet fruits (ex. peaches, pineapple) with some cinnamon for a delicious dessert.

8. SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Just because certain foods are on the no-go list doesn’t mean you’ll be eating flavourless pulp. Make sure to spice up your dishes with a healthy dose of metabolism-boosting spices like cayenne pepper, ginger, and garlic. Each have been shown to elevate the metabolism in the periods following eating and have the added benefit of tickling the palate.