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What is Dry January & How to Make a New Year Resolution (As Seen on CNN)

Detox your way into the New Year by participating in Dry January. What is Dry January? Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour was recently interviewed on CNN to talk about the Hows and Whys of cutting out all booze for one month.

If you enjoy winding down in the evening with a glass (or two!) of wine, you’re definitely not alone!

What many people are discovering, however, is the benefit of taking an entire month off alcohol to detox and reset their bodies for a new year of successful weight loss endeavors.

This trend seems especially beneficial following the holiday season where fun cocktails and after work happy hours were prevalent.

Dry January and Weight Loss

If you have several drinks a week, it makes sense that cutting out alcohol completely will save you substantial amounts of calories. This makes maintaining a caloric deficit much easier, which is essential if your goal is weight loss!

Even if you budget alcohol into your daily caloric needs, it doesn’t contain nutrients. By  ditching the booze and adding more lean proteins, leafy greens, and healthy fats into your diet to replace those calories you can expect to feel so much better in your body!

Can I Just Cut Back on Alcohol Instead?

Even if you don’t want to commit to the full 30 consecutive days off booze, you can still cut back and enjoy some added health benefits.

Some of the reported benefits of reducing drinking are:

  • stronger immune system
  • better sleep
  • better mood
  • weight loss
  • save money

The recommended amounts of alcohol consumption, according to the CDC, is up to one drink per day for women, two for men. I recommend you start by looking at how many drinks per week you normally consume, and cutting that number in half.

What About When Dry January Ends?

Picture this: You committed to Dry January, you abstained from all alcohol, you went all in. Now the month has ended, you’ve lost some weight, you’ve slept better, but you’re feeling a little lost on what direction to head now. You may even be tempted to celebrate with a few drinks.

That’s why in all my weight loss programs for women I prefer to teach everything in moderation as opposed to the all or nothing approach.

I suggest taking a look at what your biggest trigger times are. When you personally feel the need for that drink. Honestly consider if it’s becoming a daily habit or affecting your life negatively, and if so then: replace it.

I have my private weight loss clients physically write down the times that they are feeling the need to reach for a cocktail or a beer and replacing it with a positive, relaxing habit instead.

Instead of pouring yourself a large glass of wine when you get home, try one of these:

  • a bubble bath
  • calling a friend
  • painting your toenails
  • put a little piece of dark chocolate on your pillow so you’re excited to go to bed at night even without your nightcap!

Make It a Mocktail!

This is my favorite thing to do when I’m not drinking. Use your normal wineglass, so you still feel in that treat mode, but fill it up with some soda water, fresh berries, and mint. Now you can sip on a delicious beverage without all those toxins and calories!

Whether you decide to ditch all booze this next month or simply cut back to more mindful amounts: I am rooting for you!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight. My private weight loss programs for women are like a wellness program for women, a life coaching program for women, and a healthy lifestyle program for women all wrapped in one!

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

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How To Get Lean In 2019 (As Seen On HLN)

As you start planning those big New Years resolutions you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour appeared on Headline News with some great advice for easing your way into a successful new year.

We’ve made it through the holiday feasting, I hope you’re feeling ready and pumped to go confidently after those weight loss goals! I have several crucial reminders I like to give my private weight loss clients around this time of the year.  Check them out below, I hope they help you on your own fitness journey.

Don’t Get Discouraged.

It’s a new year, you’re excited to get after those goals and resolutions, but big changes take time. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Stick with it, stay the course, and remain positive!

If the scale doesn’t budge, hey, screw the scaleright?

It’s More Than Ok If You Slip Up.

What should you do if you miss a workout or find yourself snacking down an entire takeout pizza?

Forgive yourself. Yep. Drink some water, add plenty of leafy greens to your next meal, and move on!

You may think all is lost, but it isn’t so long as you get right back on track. Don’t get frustrated and scrap your workouts or healthy meals over it, just stay consistent and you will reap all the rewards.

Be Flexible.

I’m not talking about practicing yoga here, but I definitely recommend that as well! Commit to your goals. Wholeheartedly believe in them, while remaining flexible.

Ex: You have a super intense spin class scheduled, but the day comes around and you aren’t feeling up to it.
Solution: Swap the high intensity sweat sesh out for a lower intensity one, like that yoga somebody mentioned!

You’re still getting in some movement and staying focused and aligned with your health goals.

For some of my workouts (yoga included!) that you can do from the comfort of your own home check out my Step It Up with Steph DVD.

Be Flexible with Your Eating Too.

Ex: You planned to have a salad for lunch, but instead you find yourself at a burger place.
Solution: Have the burger, but swap out the bun for extra lettuce to wrap it up in.

Protein plus plenty of veggies will have you feeling full and satiated, guilt-free!

For more nutritional advice I offer a 7-Day Easy Meal Plan + Recipe Book.

Consider Participating in Dry January

As a fitness coach I prefer to teach from a flexible, no deprivation standpoint rather than an all or nothing mentality. With that being said, Dry January is a great way to kick off your year. A lot of people have jumped on this trend, so you will have plenty of support and a general feeling of camaraderie if you choose to try it out!

Benefits of Dry January include:

  • Less calories consumed, leading to a greater chance for weight loss to happen.
  • Better rest quality. Better sleep, better energy for workouts!
  • Better mood (maybe from all that good sleep!).
  • Stronger immune system.
  • You’ll save money!

I wish you great success in the coming year!

-Steph

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com