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How to Lose 10 Pounds Before Christmas

Hoping to lose a few pounds before Christmas? You don't have to resort to unhealthy crash diets. Personal trainer Lyzabeth Lopez says you can keep that weight off by planning your meals ahead, eating clean and healthy... and working out!

Here's her workout plan:

Instead of thinking about this as a two-week diet, Lyzabeth says you need to adopt a new style of eating to get -- and keep -- that weight off. A few quick tips:

  • The first step is food prep! Do a big batch cooking session twice a week so you've got your meals all planned out in advance.
  • Make sure you've got great glass resealable containers for all those meals, as well as a glass water bottle or two for the shake you'll be drinking.
  • Buy easy 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 cup hanging measuring scoops, and keep them at hand for easy serving size measurement.
  • Measure your food for at least the first month, to have a better idea of how much you're actually eating (not what you assume you're eating).
  • And here are some ideas of what you should be eating.
Pre-breakfast: Lemon Water

First thing in the morning, squeeze a lemon into a glass water bottle with a dash of cayenne, to give your metabolism a kick start! (Wait at least 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.)

Breakfast: Shake

Make this shake fresh daily, as this ensures you'll get the most out of the nutrients (and it only takes five mintues or less). This recipe is pakced with fruits, veg and protein, and helps you to cut out all those breakfast carbs and sugar. Whatever you don't finish, you can take along with you throughout your day in your handy glass bottle -- it should last you right up until lunch.

Lunch: Jerk Chicken Salad

This easy lunch is quick-digesting, filling and has a ton of nutrients and low calories. Fill up on greens: you can have unlimited dark leafy greens, and add fun toppings like pumpkin seeds, sprouts, strawberries or even watermelon. For dessert, indulge with a little bit of dark chocolate, so you don't feel like you're being deprived. It also packs a good dose of magnesium and antioxidants.

Snack: Chia Cereal, Chocolate Milk, Apple and Almond Butter

This delicious snack tastes like dessert but packs a punch of nutrients right when many people start to crave something sweet (that three-o'clock sugar "itch"). The chia is rich in essential fat, protein and fiber, and the apple and almond butter offer nutrients, fiber and more healthy fat to keep you full and satisfied. To make the "chocolate milk," mix 1/4 cup chia mix with 3/4 cup almond milk.

Dinner: Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs

This tastes so good, you may not even miss the noodles! You'll need a spiralizer to make the "pasta," which you can serve with these meatballs a tomato sauce.

Dessert (optional): Anytime Ice Cream

If you're getting a craving, have this super delicious sweet, healthy (and dairy-free) treat.

And remember:

  • Only drink water and herbal teas.
  • Add morning cardio to supercharge your workout.
  • Measure your meals to ensure you're not over-indulging
  • Learn to say no: just eat what's on the list, and say no to all other indulgences.
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