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Read on to learn what nutrition and fitness experts have to say about losing weight this winter and preventing winter weight gain.
Come New Year’s Day, most people pay for a gym membership, kick into high gear, choose a new diet plan and do their best to transform their body.
And most people, even with their best intentions, will struggle through this whole winter season to lose the weight and keep it off.
However, what fitness freaks don’t know is that winter weight loss needs a very different set of diet plans and behaviors than dieting in hot summer months.
So now the question is… what’s the best kept secret about proper winter weight loss?
Losing weight in the winter might seem like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. But, packing on pounds is not foreseeable.
Here I’ve discussed 11 ways to winterize your approach to weight loss.
There 11 weight loss strategies will help you keep away winter weight gain – despite comfort-food cravings, evenings on the couch, and sizable sweaters that hide every bulge.
Thinking of eating like a bird all day in order to save room in your belly for that decadent New Year’s cake a friend promised to bring in or for holiday meals?
If you are serious about your winter weight loss, then do yourself a favor; avoid that “calorie-saving” mentality.
According to the fitness experts, the worst mistake people can make during the holiday is eating only celery sticks or skipping entire meals all day in order to save room for a huge evening meal.
This actually slows your metabolism. Instead the experts suggests eating healthy foods throughout the day to give your body the ongoing fuel it needs to function optimally.
This is what a perfect day of eating before a holiday party looks like.
Save time while helping your waistline – this is one of the easiest ways to get a home-cooked, healthy lunch ready to go for tomorrow.
You just need to double up your dinner recipe.
This could be a stir-fry with tofu, a salad and brown rice, the experts suggests.
If you cook something like a casserole with bean pasta, that’ll last several meals.
Combine it with a veggie side. Besides, if you get tired of it, freeze the extra portions – you’ll want them in a few weeks.
How to lose weight in the winter season? Fight the cravings to eat seconds and thirds, no matter how tempting that peanut brittle may be.
It’s important to not lose yourself in the season’s fattening meals and high-calorie treats.
According to Amy Gorin (owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City), “You already know what the foods at holiday gatherings taste like”.
To resist the urge to din in, Amy Gorin recommends having only a few bites. Subsequent tastes of some foods can become so boring since they’re not as tasty as that first or second bite.
In other words, there’s no need for that fifth chocolate truffle!
You must have had heard of those suggestions about what foods to swap out in place of healthier options.
The same idea applies during the winter months, too, and will help with winter weight loss.
Expert’s says it’s best to make smart cooking decisions that involve replacing heavy creams and butters with healthier foods like almond milk or applesauce.
Cooking in this manner is a win-win situation.
You’ll shear calories and eat healthier foods without sacrificing much on flavor or food texture.
This winter season is filled with Christmas Day and New Year’s parties.
But this doesn’t mean that you have to give in to foods that can wreak havoc on your waistline.
Don’t let these gatherings be an excuse to sample every food under the sun.
Control what you eat, the experts advises.
If you’re going to a holiday party, bring healthy desserts for your family and friends, like a fruit salad.
It’s very common for winter parties that start at afternoon to hang on until 4 pm.
Before you know it, 4 becomes 6 p.m. and later on 6 becomes 8…you see where this is going.
Experts say it’s essential to keep your eye on the time if you want to prevent winter weight gain.
Make the decision to cut your drinking and eating habits after a set hour, ideally around 6 pm.
Leaving all the unhealthy drinks behind, switch to lemon water and measure your food intake back as the evening goes on.
It’s never been a great idea to have food sitting in your stomach as you head into the evening hours.
Heading to a winter party celebration at a restaurant?
If possible, checkout the menu before earlier.
Nowadays, in most of the places people list their menu online, so there’s no excuse to get caught up in that moment where you’ll end up choosing sweet glazes over salads.
If you’re faced with a buffet setting, experts suggest you to scan the food selection first.
This way, you’re not tempted to fill your plate only with sugary or deep-fried choices as you walk along the rows of food.
While you don’t want to take away yourself, you still want to make sure you select mostly lower-calorie options like fruit or crudité.
Why reach for another piece of peppermint bark when you have the choice to easily grab a figure-friendly option that’s right in your pocketbook?
Gorin (owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City) says that keeping healthy snacks right near you is best, especially when you get hungry.
She further says that 100-calorie pack pistachios are her go-to choice, as are nut and fruit bars that are packed with protein and fiber.
Such snacks keep your weight in check while also holding you over until next meal.
Too snowy, cold, or stuffed with Grandma’s apple pie to head to the gym of hit an outdoor walking trail?
There’s no reason not to exercise at home. Nutritionist suggests engaging in about 20 minutes of cardio, ideally after you have started your day drinking lemon tea.
Exercises could include squats and jumping jacks. Doing a circuit of three or four rounds of cardio can help you with winter weight loss – or weight gain during any time of the year – at bay.
Try 10-minute ab workout at your home that you can do every day.
Think you’re way too stuffed, stressed, and busy to take fitness classes or meet with a personal trainer?
Expert says that’s precisely the reason you should get involved with a fitness routine this winter season.
They say, don’t let the stress of winter prevent you from doing that. You’ll have more energy when you invest in yourself first.
You’ll feel less stressed and happier, positive when you start, and stick with, a fitness regimen.
Many people think that there’re few fresh vegetables in winter but broccoli raabe, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, snow peas, shallots, radishes, artichokes, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions, and winter squashes like spaghetti squash, acorn, and butternut are plentiful!
Bake them, steam them drizzled with a bit of olive oil, add them to stir fries, stews, or in salads for extra crunch! Tons of choice!
You have made them for a reason! If losing weight or getting fitter were on the list, go back and recall your weight loss plan for getting there.
Think of how determined you were – and get your motivation going again.