The cold weather is coming, and unfortunately, so are those pounds you gain every year at this time. When the temperature lowers, we head for the comfort foods. You’re no longer outside, enjoying the warm weather, burning calories, and keeping active. Now instead, you’re moping around the house, watching football, snacking more often, and getting ready for the holidays. Here are 5 ways to beat those pesky pounds that come every winter, so aren’t panicking and struggling to lose them this spring.
1. Keep Grilling. In the summer, everyone’s grilling a lot. You’re pairing chicken, fish, and other white meats, with fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits. Don’t get in the habit of whipping up fattening casseroles, and thick heavy foods, just because it’s getting cool out. Continue to keep your meals light. If you’re worried about the price of fresh veggies and fruits in the winter, try stores like Aldi and Walmart. Also stock up now at farmers markets, and freeze your selections. Buy avoiding packaged and preserved foods, you are eliminating hundreds of calories from your daily intake.
2. Commit to staying active. Even if it’s getting a little chilly, put an extra layer on and take that walk. Go for that run, or play with your kids at the park. Bundle up a little, if it means it will get you out a lot. Buy a work out dvd, if that is what will keep you going. When the sun is setting earlier, it’s harder to motivate yourself, so go out in the morning if it works better for you. Make yourself leave the house. It’s great to go out and about when it’s warm. When it’s cool, you still need to go. Your body will suffer if it’s used to you walking a mile a day, and then you stop. Even if that mile is around the department store.
3. Push Water. A lot of people drink a lot more water because of the heat in the summer. They are worried about staying hydrated. When the cooler weather comes, you swing towards sodas, sugary drinks, and caffeinated beverages. Don’t. If you continue to push water through your system, your body won’t retain water, you will have more energy, and you will be healthier. The body also misinterprets thirst for hunger often. You will eat less by curbing this craving.
4. Get up early. Since the sun is no longer popping into your window at 5 am, people tend to sleep in more during the winter. Get up, and get that metabolism going. Set an alarm if you fall victim to this curse. Over sleeping can actually make you drowsy throughout the day. Start your morning with a work out to boost your endorphins.
5. Join a Group or Class. When December and January roll around, membership prices for classes and gyms are going to spike, because everyone is getting ready for spring, and trying to shed the weight they gained over the winter. Take advantage of this slow time, where everyone is getting back to work and school. Yoga, soccer, pilates, cycling, just anything that will keep you motivated as it gets cooler.