#FitnessFriday: ‘Curvy Chick Fitness’ Trainer on How to Lose Holiday Pounds

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/29/2013 | 09:00 AM EST

Charity Lynette gives useful tips on staying fit during holidays

With all the turkey and stuffing being passed around at the dinner table, you’re probably feeling a little guilty. Losing those holiday pounds can be a nightmare, which is why we enlisted Charity Lynette, trainer of Curvy Chick Fitness, to give some of her expert tips on how to not only avoid gaining those frightful holiday pounds, but how to lose them as well  - all without stepping foot in the gym. Remember, you’re only as healthy as your last meal, and workout.

Eat Before Arriving to Holiday Party

“To help with overeating, eat before you get there. If you’re leaving from home this will work better. Have a small snack packed with protein so that you will feel fuller longer. That way when you get to the party you won't feel the need to make a full plate. Try vegetables with a hummus dip, apples and peanut butter, or nuts. Something so that when you get to the party you don't feel like your stomach is going to eat itself. You could even go as far as making chicken or fish with a veggie if time permits.”

Green Tea Is Your friend

“The benefits of green tea are amazing! One of the major ones is weight loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The Polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. Drinking tea before a meal will also make you feel full as well, lessening the amount of food you eat.”

Don't Underestimate Walking

“If you live in an area where public transportation is adequate get off a stop or two before your actual stop so that you can walk home. Make sure the area is safe or walk with someone. Wait at least 20 minutes after you have completed the meal because your body still has to digest the food and absorb the nutrition intake. Walking after dinner is a great two-part step to weight loss. First it has all the benefits of a normal walk taken at any time of the day and second it helps start digestion. If you live in a building with an elevator walk up or take the elevator half way. Even taking on the stairs at a slow pace is still benefiting you and getting that food digested.”

Interactive TV/Computer Time

“While watching TV and spending time on the computer, take frequent breaks. During the commercials do squats, leg lifts, push-ups, crunches etc., so that you’re not just sitting for long periods of time. Keep a pair of dumbbells under the couch so you can do bicep curls and arm raises. While watching TV you can also stretch. Stretching is a good stress and tension reliever. It also improves circulation, balance, coordination and flexibility.”

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