Christmas may have come and gone but the holiday season isn’t over yet with the festive eating set to continue well into the New Year. The quest to shed some extra pounds is a lot more difficult after the festive season and something which more and more men are becoming familiar with.  There are countless statistics available regarding seasonal weight gain, some suggesting that people can gain as much as 10 pounds during the holidays.

A recent study by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the average male gained an average of 2.2 pounds over the holidays. While this is not necessarily a significant weight gain, the problem is compounded because the weight can accumulate over the years. While the consumer market includes a variety of weight-loss products for men there are also a number of handy tricks that can help boost your metabolism and see you lose the excess weight in next to no time.

Keep things spicy

Indulging in a spicy curry is a favorite pastime in many countries and for a very good reason. According to a study published in the Human Nutrition Clinical Nutrition journal, the capsicum found in red chillis is able to send your fat-burning abilities into overdrive.  When used as part of a healthy diet and in conjunction with a moderate amount of exercise, capsicum can be used to improve body fat mobilization and reduce body weight by boosting the metabolism.  There really is no longer an excuse to man up and order the spiciest chicken korma you can find.

Don’t be afraid of slow and steady

Steady-state cardio may have a bad reputation at times but it remains an excellent way to boost your metabolism for a number of hours at a time. If you manage to get above 85% of your maximum heart rate you will enjoy a substantial rise in post-exercise metabolism.  Cycling or running for 45 minutes at 85% of your max heart rate is a simple way to burning hundreds of additional calories. Whether you cycle in the countryside or run on a treadmill at home or in the gym is irrelevant, it is the effort that you put in that count.

The golden ratio

If you pile your plates with pasta and potatoes your metabolism will soon come to a carb-induced standstill. Upping your protein intake, on the other hand, will have you lose weight at an almost alarming rate.  Protein has a much higher thermogenic effect than fat or carbs which means that your body needs to employ more energy to digest it. By replacing some of the carbs on your plate with a good-quality protein you will find that your metabolic rate is boosted long after you have finished your meal. Aim to balance your meals at ½ protein, ¼ carbs and ¼ fat to maximize your body’s fat-loss potential.

Enjoy a caffeine boost

A good cup of coffee is a great way to boost your metabolism early in the morning. Early-morning caffeine significantly increases your metabolic rate and fat oxidation for as long as 3 hours after your final sip. Aim to only drink high-quality, organic coffee where possible as most instant varieties are loaded with a hoard of unhealthy additives that will not aid your health and weight-loss in any way.

Practice your NEAT moves

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is a scientific term for tapping your feet. According to a number of studies conducted, feet-tapping is able to boost your fat-burning potential throughout the day. There is a lot of ongoing research that indicates how trivial activities are able to increase your metabolic rate substantially. A simple switch from lying down to standing up can burn as many as 25% more calories.

Whether you have gained 2 or 10 pounds over the festive season it is no need for despair. By following the above guidelines together with a healthy eating plan and exercise regime you will soon be back in shape. Seasonal weight gain does not have to be permanent but the memories forged with your loved ones will last a lifetime.

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