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Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #12

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 12 – The Epiphany

It’s January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas, the Christian Epiphany festival.   On this day of celebration, we hope that UniqueU’s preceding  11 Tips of Christmas have given you insight into what helps you lose weight.   Perhaps, you may even have experienced your own weight loss epiphany. 

Merriam Webster defines epiphany as an “illuminating discovery, realization or disclosure”.  Maybe your illuminating discovery is that you like automating your eating and having only three or four food choices at meal time.  Or maybe it’s that when you food log with your sister, you don’t eat as much in the afternoon.  Or maybe, just maybe, you’ve come to the realization that you really do like spinach.

Whatever the case may be, weight loss techniques aren’t one-size fits all.  Take a moment to review our 12 Tips of Christmas and find one, two or several of them to embolden your journey. 

  1. Shift Into Over Drive with Exercise
  2. Don’t Be Resistant to Resistance Training
  3. Automate Our Eating
  4. What’s Up with Our Willpower?
  5. What’s Wrong with Resolutions?
  6. Thumbs Up for Food Logs
  7. The Small Plate Club
  8. Inflammation Fighting Foods
  9. Creating Healthy Habits – Inventory Control
  10. Creating Healthy Habits – Prepare to Prep
  11. Creating Healthy Habits – Tempt the Taste Buds
  12. The Epiphany – What tools work for you?

Begin your baby steps to a lighter, healthier you.  Happy New Year from UniqueU Medical Loss and Wellness.

Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #11

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 11 – Baby Steps for Creating Healthy Habits – Tempt the Taste Buds

A great step to healthy eating and a cornerstone of losing weight is to minimize the use of high saturated fats and salts.  Waving “so long” to butter, doesn’t mean our food will lack taste.  Try these Tempt the Taste Buds tips to add adventure to our nutrition:

  • Olé for Olive Oil – Olive Oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats, antioxidants and phytonutrients.  Equally important, it is delicious.  Use it to sauté veggies, add flavor to brown rice, in lieu of salad dressing and more.  Sesame oil is also a good option.
  • Spice It Up – Adding even a teaspoon of herbs like basil, cilantro, turmeric, garlic and more add flavor and nutrition to your food without much in the way of calories.  Add it to veggies, meats and whole grains.
  • Sow Some Seeds – Don’t forget the seeds when adding flavor and nutrition to everyday foods like green beans, yogurt, salad, chicken breast – just about anything.  Experiment with seeds to find which you like best, such as sesame, sunflower, fennel, and cumin. 
  • Nature’s Candy – Dried fruit, used sparingly, can be a phenomenal weight loss tool.  It provides a big punch of natural sweetness by eating only a small amount.  Use it to flavor yogurt, oatmeal, or as a snack with some nuts.

No need to have a fancy recipe to use these tasty tips.  Just add a bit to whatever you are cooking, or put some in at the end.  Good for you food can taste good, too!

Next Up:  Tip 12 – The Epiphany

Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #10

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas                  

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 10 – Baby Steps for Creating Healthy Habits – Prepare to Prep

A great way to start the week is to do a bit of food prep so healthy foods are ready and waiting.  Think of it as taking care of yourself and your family. 

  • Snack Packs – Prepare portion-sized snack packs that you can take to work or when you are on the go.  Not ready to give up your chips or pretzels.  Eat them by the portion size only. (A serving of pretzels is about 15 thin twists or three rods.)  Eating these carb snacks with some protein slows down the insulin uptake which will make us feel more satisfied for longer.  Try them with string cheese, a hard-boiled egg or nuts.
  • Get Nutty – Also prepare portion-sized protein snack packs like 12-14 walnut halves, 24 almonds or 45 pistachios.  Not ready to eat raw nuts?  Try mixing equal parts of salted nuts with raw nuts.  As you acquire a taste for raw nuts, have them replace the salted version.   Or try toasting nuts for more flavor.  Nuts can be a great weight loss tool, providing good fats which satisfy. 
  • Apple-a-Day – Always have a bag of apples on hand.  Every time you are tempted by a sweet, eat a small apple before.  If you still want the treat, try only eating half of it.

Next Up – Tip 11 – Baby Steps for Creating Healthy Habits – Tempt the Taste Buds

Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #9

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas                  

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 9 – Baby Steps for Creating Healthy Habits – Inventory Control

If sustainable weight loss is important to us, we need to do more than just lose weight.  We need to create new habits of healthy living.  If these habits are too complicated or stray too far from what we are used to, chances are we won’t stick with them.  Let’s go back to our “baby steps” when learning to eat healthy.

Here are three easy tips to start making small, sustainable changes:

  • Kitchen Clean Up – Look through your pantry and frig and get rid of those foods that tempt and provide very little nutrition.  Give them away or throw them away. (For all you veterans of the Clean Plate Club, it’s OK to throw food away.  We won’t tell your mother.) 
  • Hide, Don’t Seek – If you have to have common snack foods in your home for other family members, put them out of sight as opposed to having them on the counter, on the refrigerator or front and center in the pantry.  Studies show that eliminating the visual cue does reduce the incentive to indulge.
  • Stock Up – While you are reducing your inventory of low-nutrition foods, make sure you have plenty of healthy foods on hand.  Keep the staples that you like  in your frig, for instance, low-fat Greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, iced green tea, cut up fruit, cottage cheese.   

Check back tomorrow for more easy, prep tips.

Next Up: Tip 10 – Baby Steps for Creating Healthy Habits – Prepare to Prep

Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas- Tip #8

UniqueU Presents Weight Loss Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas 

The holiday season can take a toll on a weight loss program.  To get us back on track, UniqueU offers a twist on the celebrated 12 Days of Christmas.  In actuality, the Christian tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26.  The final day of celebration is on January 6, the Epiphany, when the wise men arrived bearing gifts.  One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is a healthy lifestyle.  UniqueU wants to support you on this journey.  In these days following Christmas, let’s get back on track with these 12 tips.  Even if you aren’t currently in the program, these 12 Tips will have you feeling more energized and in control. 

( UniqueU’s medical weight loss program utilizes a safe, effective formula that gives us the tools to lose weight and keep it off.  It’s not a fad.  The program is medically-based and proven.  We all know that cutting calories and being more active should equal weight loss. The reality is that many of us need help shifting our metabolism and burning excess body fat.  With UniqueU, we lose weight safely – fat loss not muscle – while we are changing habits.) 

Tip 8 – Inflammation Fighting Foods

We often hear about the ills of inflammation.  Not just inflammation in our joints, but inflammation that can occur in the blood stream, the liver, the abdomen and the intestines.  The long and short of it is that inflammation can really slow down a weight loss program.  In addition, it has been linked to an array of health issues including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, digestive disorders and obesity. Fortunately, proper nutrition and exercising regularly are known to reduce inflammation in our bodies. 

Dr. Leo Galland, author of The Fat Resistance Diet, encourages eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods loaded with antioxidants such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  For today’s tip,” instead of worrying about what not to eat, concentrate on what we should eat.

Here are a few of the commonly available foods on Dr. Galland’s  “super foods” list:

  • green tea, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, black pepper, garlic, oranges, apples, cherries, onions, spinach, romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cabbage, broccoli, plain yogurt, egg whites

Also recommended by many experts:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids are known to decrease inflammation.  They are found in fish such as wild salmon, sardines and mackerel and also in flaxseed, flax meal and chia seeds.
  • Nutritional and vitamin supplements also can reduce inflammation.   Checking with a physician, health care provider  or dietitian is advised regarding the use of supplements.

In any weight loss plan, be sure to include daily anti-inflammatory eating.  The six fundamentals of the UniqueU Medical Weight Loss and Wellness plan – supplements, medications, support, education, diet and exercise -all play a role in helping our bodies reduce inflammation.

Next Up:  Tip 9 – Baby Steps for Creating Healthy Habits – Inventory