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One holiday party too many and before you know it, things start to feel a little snug around your waistline. Sound familiar? This year, promise yourself you will beat the holiday bulge with three smart, simple habits that will help you stay satisfied, boost your metabolism and keep those unwanted pounds from sneaking up on you.
- Load Up on Protein to Curb Cravings
Eating plenty of protein will help you stay satisfied throughout the day and reduce those sneaky holiday cravings. Aim for 12 portions of protein daily from sources such as poultry, meat and seafood as well as dairy, eggs, tofu, tempeh and nuts. And don’t forget breakfast! Researchers from the University of Missouri recently found that eating a high-protein breakfast helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and control cravings (especially for sweets) later in the day. Higher amounts of protein were directly linked to fewer post-meal spikes in blood sugar and associated with healthy weight management and a reduced risk of developing diabetes.
- Get Plenty of Sleep to Boost Metabolism
No matter how hectic your holiday schedule, sleep is something you simply can’t go without—especially if you want to avoid packing on the pounds! The connection between sleep and weight loss has to do with two important hormones: leptin (which tells the body you are full and it is time to stop eating) and ghrelin (which signals hunger). When you are sleep deprived, leptin levels decrease and ghrelin levels increase, causing you to eat more. Getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night can help maintain a healthy metabolism and promote successful weight management.
- Eat More Probiotic Foods to Support Weight Loss
In addition to their role in supporting digestive and immune health, several recent studies have found a link between probiotic gut bacteria and weight loss. Basically, each of us has a unique balance of bacteria in the gut that either protects us and keeps us healthy or leaves us susceptible to disease. That same balance can either contribute to weight gain or to weight loss. When your gut bacteria are out of balance, you gain weight. Conversely, when you balance your gut by eating the right foods (and avoiding the wrong foods) you lose weight. Probiotics can be obtained through the diet by eating yogurt, kefir and other fermented foods.
It seems like everyone is talking about probiotics these days, using words like cultures and strains and Bifido—but what do you REALLY need to know when choosing a probiotic? Is there a difference from one supplement to the next? Do certain formulas target specific needs? And why can you find some on the shelf and some in the refrigerated section at your local market?
Watch this eye-opening video to find out!
The 6 Rules of Probiotics
The 6 Rules of Probiotics explains how to choose a probiotic based on a handful of simple guidelines that are surprisingly easy to remember—including the total amount of good bacteria per capsule, also called the culture count. In addition, you will learn all about the bacteria in your gut (most of which are good guys and help with things like vitamin production and supporting your immune system) as well as what can happen when your digestive system is out of balance. Be sure to check it out!