So there was this one morning over the holiday where I was a litttttttttle hungover and had hardly anything in the fridge because really, who goes grocery shopping during the last two weeks of December unless they are hosting a party or Christmas dinner! Food is everywhere you look, usually. All that I had in the fridge was a brie (meant to bring that to someone else’s holiday gathering…whoops) and some crackers. I ate half that damn brie in one sitting and I haven’t been able to get over it yet!
First week back in routine, back at work, back to not watching Netflix on the couch. How many times have you heard someone talk about losing weight? While most people will encourage “good habits” and sometimes even shove their habits down your throat, here are 5 “bad” habits that can actually help you lose your holiday brie. I mean weight. Thanks Yahoo
1. Drink wine. WINE NOT!?
There’s an antioxidant in the grapes called ellagic acid that’s been shown to boost your metabolism and slow down the growth of fat cells. And WHITE wine is better than red. But one glass has about 125 calories, so don’t drink too much.
2. Eat chocolate. Well that works out well because every gift comes garnished with one…even the CHANNUKKAH GIFTS!!! (Chocolate Gelt a.k.a. Chocalate guilt)
Especially dark chocolate. Researchers at U.C. San Diego found that people who ate chocolate regularly tended to be thinner . . . even if they consumed more calories on a daily basis.
3. Have lots of sex. I’m sorry, when was sex a “bad habit?” It boosts your immune system too. Lookey here, it’s cold & flu season.
You only burn 3 to 4 calories a minute. But it also makes your body produce the hormone oxytocin, which can prevent you from gaining weight by reducing stress. And some studies have found it also helps suppress your appetite.
4. Use Butter, Not Margarine. Music to my country boy’s ears.
It seems like they go back and forth on this, but recent studies have found butter is better if you’re trying to lose weight, because of the fatty acids in it. And also because margarine has trans fat.
5. Sleep in. The science sounds like it’s because the less hours you’re awake, the less hours you will eat? Not exactly…
When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to binge eat. And a recent study found teenagers who lost just one hour of sleep ate an average of 200 extra calories a day. Which is enough to make you gain two pounds a month.
Happy sleeping, sexing, wine-drinking, and butter-and-chocolate-eating to you and yours.