Holiday Survival Guide
The holidays always seem to be right around the corner. Often that means we are either trying to slim down for the annual gatherings with family and friends or shed excess pounds we’ve put on through indulging in once-a-year treats. But, with a little willpower, a few good recipes, and a plan you can jump-start and maintain weight loss before, during, and especially after the holiday season.
How to Jump-Start Weight Loss During (or After) the Holidays
1. Commit to Being Active Every Day
The two most powerful components of any weight loss routine are activity and portion or calorie control. During the holidays, portion and calorie control become ever more difficult. That’s why focusing on physical activity can be so effective.
Commit to being physically active for at least 60 minutes a day.
2. Fast Twice a Week or Go Low Carb
Fasting for at least 12 hours twice per week is an easy way to cut calories and 12 hours isn’t really as long as it sounds. Stop eating after an early dinner, sleep overnight, then either skip breakfast or have something really light to get you through until lunch and you’re done!
Want a more effective fast? The Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet® can help you curb cravings and eliminate hunger pangs so you can go a full 48 hours without food.
Don’t feel you can fast twice a week? Cut your carbohydrate intake by at least half. By stripping the carbs out of your diet, you eliminate that excess energy and your body burns the fuel you have on-hand more efficiently.
3. Don’t Overload Your Digestive System
It’s hard not to binge during the holidays with all the delicious food on offer. But eating too much in one sitting can quickly overwhelm your digestive system and lead to weight gain.
Instead, choose smaller meals and snacks throughout the day—even if that means eating more often. You get more enjoyment out of your food this way because your taste buds won’t be overstimulated.
4. Have Healthy Options Ready to Go
Our busy lives don’t leave a lot of time for traditional meals. We’re on the go constantly. That’s why a little planning is essential to losing weight before, during, or after the holidays.
Make meals the night, day, or even week before and portion them out for refrigeration and freezing. Then all you do is heat and eat! No time for that? Don’t hit up the fast-food joint on the way home. Keep a supply of The Hollywood Cookie Diet® meal replacement snacks on hand. These great-tasting little treats satisfy hunger any time of day or night and help curb those cravings.
How Can I Lose 15 Pounds in 4 Weeks?
Below you’ll find an example of a diet plan that will help you lose 15 pounds in just four weeks!
Keep in mind, this plan is a basic guideline and may not work for everyone. If you have dietary concerns or existing health conditions, always speak with your personal physician before starting a new dietary plan.
For 6 Days of Each Week:
Breakfast: Choose One of the Following
Lunch: Choose One of the Following
Dinner: Choose One of the Following
- Agave and lime salmon
- Vegetarian Grain Bowl
- Pan Seared Halibut with Mango Salsa
- Grilled Salmon Kebabs
- Spiralized Zucchini Linguini with Grilled Shrimp
Desserts: Reward yourself for you hard work or when you simply are craving something sweet…
Keep a supply of The Hollywood Cookie Diet® Cookie Cookies or Wafers in your desk, your car, your purse, or wherever the urge to nibble nabs you!
1 Day per Week
Fast. It’s really not as hard as it sounds, especially with a little help from the Hollywood 24-hour Miracle Diet®. This great-tasting drink helps you dramatically cut your calories while decreasing hunger and maintaining hydration together with effective nutrition. In this step alone you can lose an average of 4.5 pounds in just 1 day!
Other Excellent Advice for Losing Weight Fast
- Drink water. Lots of it! How much? Multiply your weight by 67% (.67) to determine how many ounces of water to drink daily. But don’t forget to adjust upward based on exercise. Add 12 ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise
- Listen to your body. If you feel you need a day off, take it. Weight loss is a journey, not a race.
- Move as much as possible. Small steps count!
Want to Lose Weight Faster?
Modify the plan above by using The Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet® to extend your one-day fast to a two-day fast. Scientific studies have shown that participants can lose as much as 10 pounds in just two days!
If you have more than a couple of days to reach your personal goal, try integrating The Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet® with a restricted calorie diet. Decrease your daily caloric intake to 600 (for men) or 500 (for women).
Need help cutting that many calories? Replace two meals per day with The Hollywood Cookie Diet® Cookies or Wafers and make your real meals count. Think high in fiber, low in calories, big on taste. (Check out the recipe section on our website for great low-calorie options that don’t skimp on flavor.)