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THIS YEAR, DON’T LET THE HOLIDAYS WEIGH YOU DOWN
(BELMONT, CA November 28, 2011) – Thanksgiving might be over but the holiday season is just beginning, and you know what that means: eating like there’s no tomorrow!
The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s – appropriately named “the binge season” – is notorious for weight gain. Even if you put on only a pound or two each holiday season, you may, according to the National Institutes of Health, carry this extra weight for years to come.
“There is some truth to the saying ‘a moment on the lips leads to a lifetime on the hips’,” says Brien Shamp, a personal trainer at Brien Shamp’s Boot Camps, Personal Training, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching in Belmont, CA. “That’s why it is so important to pay attention to what we eat and how we burn the extra calories during this time of the year. This is certainly not the time to become sedentary.”
You might think that eating sensibly during the season that is so focused on food and drink is an impossible task. And so is fitting exercise into your hectic schedule.
Not so, Shamp says. “It’s all comes down to good planning, a dash of motivation, and a pinch of self-control. It may not be easy when you are surrounded by all this delicious food, but you will be rewarded on January 1 when you look in the mirror and realize you haven’t gained a single pound!”
His tips for holiday weight management:
Watch what you eat: If you regularly follow a lifestyle rich in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds, minimal pasteurized dairy and grains, a little splurge once in a while probably won’t hurt you – assuming you pay attention to portion control, don’t reach for second helpings, and avoid the most caloric and fat-laden holiday food and drink on the table.
Make time for fitness: No matter how busy or tired you are, don’t even think of skipping exercise. Why is it so important? Physical activity will help you burn off extra calories if you over-indulge. Even if you don’t consume food in excess, exercise will help control and maintain your weight.
What is the most time-efficient workout that will burn lots of calories and fat, and still allow you to enjoy all the festivities? Interval training, Shamp says. “It only takes 20 minutes or so three times a week so you can fit it into your schedule even during the busiest time.”
Not sure how to make the most of your interval training session? “That’s where a fitness instructor can help you by creating a set of exercises that will boost your metabolism and burn fat for dramatic results during the holiday season – and beyond,” Shamp notes.
About Brien Shamp’s Boot Camps, Personal Training, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching:
Launched by fitness expert Brien Shamp in 1996, Brien Shamp’s Boot Camps, Personal Training, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching is a co-ed personal training fitness program which specializes in the areas of weight loss, nutrition & lifestyle coaching and boot camps. Program details and client testimonials are available at www.BrienShamp.com. Shamp, a certified fitness expert with 21 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-654-4604.
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About Brien Shamp, Fitness Expert:
Shamp is a certified fitness expert (Bachelors Degree in Biomechanics from UC Davis, Extensive Graduate Studies in Exercise Physiology, Reiki Practitoner (Level 2), CHEK Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach (Level 2), Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor, Medical Massage Therpaist, Personal Trainer (ACSM), Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), USA Weightlifting Coach and Acu-Yoga) with 21 years of experience in the fitness industry. Shamp can be reached at email@example.com or 650-654-4604 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.