Many struggles with trying to lose weight during the winter season as the holidays approach and the cold, shorter days make it harder to get outdoors. Studies show the average American gains about 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Though this may seem low, you can still find ways to lose weight during the cold winter months by keeping your body moving and controlling your hunger.
Here are seven secrets for weight loss you should try this winter:
1. Increase Protein
A high-protein diet may fool the brain into thinking you ate more than you did. Make sure to stick to lean meats and fish rather than meats with artery-clogging, high-fat content, and dairy products. Fill your diet with plenty of fish, eggs, beans, and skinless chicken breast to keep you feeling satiated.
2. Learn Damage Control
If you do slip up and overeat, make sure not to fall off the wagon entirely. Recover by limiting your calorie intake for the next few days and add more exercise to burn the excess. Get yourself back on track at your next meal. This means, lessening your carb intake or skipping your favorite evening snacks. Find ways to fit in exercise, whether it is taking the stairs instead of the elevator or merely a 20-minute walk in the morning and at night. Remember, one meal isn’t going to break your diet or make you gain 10 pounds. Keep in mind that 3,500 calories = 1 pound, so keep track of how much you consumed to learn how to make up for it.
The holiday season can be the most stressful time of the year as many tend to cram more things into the day. Parties, shopping, cooking, and cleaning too so much out of your day, people usually ditch their much-needed sleep. With sleep deprivation comes obsessive cravings, especially for high-calorie carbs and sweets. Try to find simple ways on how you can delegate some tasks.
4. Wear an Activity Tracker
When the weather gets too cold to exercise outside, opt for an activity tracker. The winter time is ideal for using one if you can’t get a proper workout in. Focus on getting at least 10,000 steps a day to stay on track. Keep a food diary to help list down everything you eat as well. List the times you felt hunger, moods, and calorie intake to help you better view your eating habits.
5. Try Cold Weather Sports
Keep your body warm and running by trying out new indoor activities. Take advantage of indoor sports such as martial arts, kick-boxing, hot yoga, indoor rock climbing, and other indoor sports during the winter. Keep your summer body ready all year long by simple exercises of taking a morning walk, shoveling snow off your driveway, or trying a new DVD workout video when you can’t go out. Setting a regular workout schedule will help in keeping the weight off. Just make sure to keep your body moving even if you have to stay indoors.
6. Never Attend an Event Hungry
Before attending a party or a holiday event, fill yourself up with fruits and vegetables beforehand to curb your cravings for alcohol and sweets. Try to have more high-fiber foods such as baby carrots, salad, or even an apple to curb your cravings. Studies show, when we eat out, we have a higher risk of eating 40% more calories than if we were to eat at home. Many times, eating at events is not entirely related to hunger but to the wide variety of foods available as that given time. The stress of a new environment and social setting may give way to overeating and alcohol consumption.
7. Stay Hydrated
Research shows that 75% of Americans might be chronically dehydrated as we often tend to mistake our thirst for hunger. Proper water consumption will help curb sudden hunger pains and help boost energy. If you’re not into drinking water plain, add lemon or berries to infuse water with a sweet, natural flavor. Unsweetened tea is also an excellent choice for both hot and severe form. Aim for eight glasses of water minimum a day.
Remember to let yourself enjoy the holidays without obsessing over food control. These seven simple secrets will keep you on track with weight loss and better health. Make sure to prioritize your to-do list and goals while getting the sleep you need. Plan a manageable exercise routine along with healthy eating to stack on track with your weight loss.
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Meighan Sembrano has done her Mass Communication degree. In her free time, she likes to write about health, lifestyle fitness, world news, and beauty. She is an author at Consumer Health Digest since 2012. To know more about health and wellness, stay connected with Consumer Health Digest on – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter
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