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Tips for Getting in Shape for the Holidays

CBN.com - With the holidays right around the corner, women are gearing up for one last battle of the bulge before “goodie season” settles in. But fasting, living on lettuce leaves, or excluding entire food groups won’t cut it in the long run, because it’s just too hard. And the slowed metabolism, bingeing, and self-recrimination that follow can make a weight problem even worse. Losing weight and shaping up for good depends on making some serious (but not unpleasant!) lifestyle changes:

  1. Eat a nutritious diet—First, the daily food plan should provide all the nutrients the body needs to thrive, including plenty of protein, at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, 25-30 grams of fiber, and 8 glasses of water.
  2. Spread out daily food intake—Eating three meals and two to three snacks each day is key, as skipping meals or waiting too long before eating can slow the metabolism, lower blood sugar levels, and increase the risk of bingeing.
  3. Make sure each meal or snack contains protein—Eating protein with every meal or snack helps slow the rise and fall of blood sugar and reduce hunger cravings. Soy protein is an excellent choice because it’s a high-quality protein that’s low in fat and calories. It also has a low glycemic index, which means it won’t trigger a sharp increase and decrease of blood sugar. Recent studies have also shown that soy protein helps reduce hunger and extend the period of feeling “full.” And the FDA states that 25 grams of soy protein per day, with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  4. Eat more soy and soy isoflavones—To receive the full benefits of soy isoflavones, a health expert panel advocates 160 mg a day, which is approximately the amount contained in 6 glasses of soy milk or 6 servings of tofu. But that’s a lot to swallow, and may add an extra 24 grams of fat to the diet! Taking isoflavone pills may sound like a good idea, but they don’t work as well as natural isoflavones combined with soy protein and may interfere with mineral absorption. Revival® Soy has a flavorful solution: naturally-concentrated, low-fat, tasty soy shakes and soy bars, each of which supply 160 mg of soy isoflavones and 16-20 grams of soy protein. The Revival® Soy line also includes soy chips, soy pasta, soy nuts, and soy coffee—all delicious ways to increase the daily soy intake. Just eating one or two of these foods daily effectively eliminates the need to eat multiple servings of regular soy products or to take soy isoflavone pills.
  5. Trim the fat—Since fat is the most concentrated source of calories, eating too many fatty foods is a fast track to weight gain. Easy ways to cut back on fat include using nonfat dairy products, fat-free salad dressing, and margarine and lean meats whenever possible. Poultry, meats, and fish should be skinned and trimmed of all visible fat before cooking. And, of course, fried foods, cream sauces, butter, gravy, full-fat cheese or dairy products, and rich desserts should be cut back or eaten only occasionally.

 

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Practice enjoyable eating—Those who feel deprived won’t stay with an eating plan for long, and completely cutting out favorite foods can backfire. A more flexible approach is needed. Most foods can be eaten sparingly and less often, or enjoyed in lower-fat, healthier versions. The overall goal is to eat foods that play a dual role: good for the taste buds and good for the body. Watch portion size—Just adding an extra 1/2 cup of cereal, tablespoon of butter, extra ounce of meat, and slice of bread to the daily diet can add up to about 320 extra calories. If done consistently, this could produce another pound of fat every 11 days! Using measuring cups and spoons and a small scale can help keep portions under control. Exercise—No shape-up plan is complete without a good exercise component. Exercise helps boost the metabolism, tone the body, and speed weight loss. It’s also an effective anxiety buster, relieving muscle tension, burning up stress hormones, and stimulating the release of endorphins. A brisk walk for 45 minutes a day can add up to another pound lost every 17 days. Drink plenty of water—The body needs at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day to wash away toxins, replenish lost fluids, prevent constipation, and reduce water retention or bloating. For best results, water should be sipped a little at a time throughout the day. Come prepared—One of the biggest reasons for diet crash-and-burn is the failure to plan for the unexpected. Keeping healthy snacks on hand, like a Revival® Soy bar or soy chips, can keep blood sugar even and energy high, helping to stave off hunger, snacking on high calorie foods, and late-night binges. Drinking a Revival® Soy shake before a potentially diet-busting dinner, party, or holiday celebration may save hundreds of calories. A little advance planning may make all the difference between a failed diet and the successful loss of many unwanted pounds.

Revival® Soy products are based on a proprietary soy formula, using a patented natural concentration process, developed by Aaron Tabor, M.D. Revival® Soy is recommended by more doctors than any other soy protein supplement because of its high isoflavone content, high-quality protein, clinically backed research, and superb taste. Just one Revival® Soy bar or shake provides the same amount of hunger-reducing, health-enhancing soy isoflavones found in 6 cups of soymilk, but with 90 percent less fat.

Revival® Soy participates in double-blinded, placebo-controlled human clinical studies at some of America's top medical schools and hospitals. The company currently has 30 Revival studies at various stages of design or completion.

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REVIVAL IS A DIETARY SUPPLEMENT: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Revival is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We can not and do not give you medical advice.

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