Many people tend to pack on the pounds during the cooler months of the year.
Why is this? Do our bodies tend to store more fat for the cold? Or, do we get a little lazier with our diet habits?
As parts of the world approach the cold weather seasons, let’s remind ourselves how to maintain weight or even lose a little, so come spring you won’t be back at square one!
Read on for 6 practical ways you can keep shedding the pounds this Fall and Winter.
3 Truths to Why We Gain Weight
- Hibernation: For some, the days get shorter, we live in less sunlight, and the weather is colder during the fall and winter. This causes us to stay inside more, and miss many of our outdoor exercise sessions. Less exercise means less calories burned!
- High Calorie and High Carbohydrates: We tend to eat more of the root vegetables and starches that are in season in the cold weather months. Many of the freshest fruits and vegetables go out of season this time of year. So, we end up eating potatoes and comfort foods.
- Holidays: November and December bring the Holiday season for many. Along with this comes Holiday parties, high calorie appetizers, alcohol, decadent desserts, cookies, and larger portions. Many of us dread this part of the year because we see it as inevitably increasing our waistline.
6 Practical Fall and Winter Weight Loss Methods
1. Start an indoor exercise routine.
I sign-up for a 3 month gym membership during the coldest, darkest months to make sure I can fit in my exercise. Try something new like Zumba.
2. Bundle-up and practice safe outdoor exercise.
Exercise with a buddy if you are outdoors in the dark. Make sure you have proper lighting and attire to stay warm and visible to cars.
3. Choose healthy carbohydrates.
Like sweet potatoes, winter squash, beans, peas, lentils, brown rice, and quinoa. Limit the white processed carbohydrates. Soups and stews can be healthy as long as you limit creamy ingredients, and choose more vegetables and tomato-bases or broth-bases.
4. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables.
Can’t find the fresh produce you want? Frozen is just as almost as good as fresh since it is frozen soon after harvesting.
5. Eat healthy before attending a Holiday party.
Salads, fruit, nutritious soups, and nuts will help stay fuller and eat less of the high calorie party foods.
6. Practice mindful eating and portion control.
Want a piece of pie? That’s fine, but try sharing a slice or take a small half portion.
Don’t use the fall and winter months as an excuse for you weight gain or lack of weight loss. You still have complete control over your health and your actions.
This is simply the time to reevaluate and readjust your habits and goals, while still enjoying all this season has to offer!
How do you meet your weight goals in the fall and winter?