The end of every year gives us a lot to celebrate with holidays, family gatherings, and ringing in a brand new year.
This time of year can be somewhat of a minefield if you’re trying to avoid weight gain or stick to a clean eating lifestyle.
But, what if we told you that you can be healthy and eat some cake too?
You already know some of the usual suspects, such as fruits and vegetables that help with your weight.
There’s nothing wrong with these choices, of course, but there are some other fiber-rich ones out there that you probably rarely even think about.
In fact, these not only help you lose weight but keep your body fighting off mucus and viruses you can get during the winter months.
Artichokes (1 large)
8 g fiber & 87 calories
Bet you didn’t know: Frozen artichokes have nearly as much fiber as fresh ones
Raspberries (1 cup)
8 g fiber & 64 calories
Bet you didn’t know: These berries are high in cancer-fighting ellagic acid.
Pumpkin (1 cup pureed)
7 g fiber & 116 calories
Bet you didn’t know: Pumpkin is a rich source of alpha and beta carotene.
Brussels Sprouts (1 cup)
6 g fiber & 65 calories
Bet you didn’t know: Brussels sprouts also have more protein than most veggies (around 4 to 5 grams per cup).
Kiwi (1 cup)
5 g fiber & 110 calories
Bet you didn’t know: One kiwi provides 273 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
Pear (1 medium)
6 g fiber & 103 calories
Bet you didn’t know: Pears are high in soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol.
Keep reading for 5 tips to have your body all the healthy way this season.
1. Take A Walk After Every Meal
Light movement after a meal won’t exactly undo everything you’ve just consumed, but it can be very useful for your digestion.
After every meal, and particularly those heavier meals, moving for at least 15 minutes can help improve circulation and give your metabolism a little boost.
The faster your metabolism moves, the less fat your body will absorb, thus giving your weight goals a major assist.
On the other hand, when you eat and lie down right after, you might be slowing down your digestion and causing all types of stomach issues, including that uncomfortable feeling of bloat.
So, try your best to fight the urge to sit down right after eating and move your body to keep those holiday pounds from creeping up on you.
2. Stick To A Strength Training Routine
Speaking of your metabolism, nothing does a better job at speeding up your metabolism than strength training.
The more muscle you have on your body, the more energy your body needs to maintain that muscle, and therefore your body will constantly need to