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Three Effective Holiday Diet Tips

Terrine Pearsall

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The holidays will soon be upon us. Everyone wants to have fun with family and friends during the holidays. Much to our dismay, most of us end up eating too much.

Here are three effective diet tips that will help keep you from gaining too much weight.

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Tip One

Keep your liver in top working condition. The liver is extremely important for weight loss and overall health because it is the organ responsible for metabolizing fat. Consuming the juice of a fresh lemon in a cup of hot water will help detoxify the liver. Our bodies are in a natural cleansing phase in the morning that is why it is critical to drink the hot lemon mixture first thing in the morning. Try drinking at least 64 ounces of water throughout the day to keep your system flushed.

Lemons have an alkalizing effect on the body, which aids the liver to detoxify more efficiently. Our bodies are designed to routinely expel and eliminate toxins, but when we overeat the liver cannot do its critical tasks in metabolizing fat and eliminating unwanted waste. So this holiday season be sure to consume your hot lemon mixture first thing in the morning, your liver will thank you.

Tip Two

Do have a lot of parties to attend this holiday season? Are you afraid you might overeat and gain a ton of weight? Do not deprive yourself from enjoying one of the most festive times of the year, eating some chia seeds before your party is a surefire way to help keep your appetite at bay.

Chia seeds are regarded as the number one source of Omega 3 fatty acids. They are high in protein, dietary fiber, oil, and antioxidants. The beauty of chia seeds is when we eat them; they form a gelatinous substance in the stomach, slowing digestion, so you feel satisfied for hours, experiencing fewer cravings and eat up to 50 percent fewer calories during subsequent meals. There are many ways to add chia seeds into your daily routine. You can mix the seeds on cereal, salads and your yogurt. I like soaking the chia seeds in water. I add 1/3 cup of chia seeds to 2 cups of water, stirring well to prevent clumping.

I refrigerate the mixture for at least 12 hours to allow the seeds to absorb the water. I eat the chia seed gel before going to a party where I know I might have the urge to overeat. Rich in satiating fibers and slimming omega- 3s, the seeds also act as a potent colon cleanser. Try to consume ½ cup to 1 cup daily, ideally when overeating might occur.

Tip Three

Would you like to turn on the fat melting genes? Did you know an inexpensive kitchen staple can do just that? I always include organic apple cider vinegar as part of my daily diet. Japanese researchers concluded that vinegar's acetic acid switches on genes that are key to the manufacture of fatty acids oxidation enzymes. Consuming 2 tbs of organic apple cider vinegar daily were shown to block the body's storage of incoming dietary fat, plus break down and eliminate nearly 10 percent of existing body fat. If you have been invited to a holiday party and are worried about eating too much, try eating a healthy salad drizzled with a mixture of 1 to 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar and some good quality olive oil before going out.

No need to avoid going out and having a good time during this holiday season. Simply incorporate the three aforementioned dietary tips as part of your holiday routine, go out have a good time and stay safe.

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