3 Biggest Winter Weight Loss Mistakes (and how to avoid them…)
It’s finally upon us. Shorter days and colder nights… along with lights and gifts and food… LOTS OF FOOD.
Tis the season packed with most of the major holidays starting with Halloween and continuing on through Thanksgiving and New Years.
It’s also the season when a lot of us tend give up our healthy habits and manage to pack on an extra layer or two… (and I don’t just mean clothes).
Here are three of the biggest winter weight loss mistakes, and how to avoid them…
Waving The Winter White Flag…
One of the biggest mistakes we can make during the colder months is to just assume that weight gain is a given.
With all of the holidays and whatnot, why bother trying to stay healthy?
So many people just give up and then feel awful later when they have spent months overindulging.
I can’t stand hearing my loved ones say, “well, I’ve put on some pounds. Looks like I’ll have to wait ’til the New Year to take it off.”
FIGHT this feeling.
It is absolutely possible to enjoy all of the season’s festivities and to stay healthy.
Splurging on Thanksgiving and Christmas meals is forgivable… but writing off health for an entire SEASON can cause 10 pounds of weight gain… or more!
And it’s a lot harder to take off than it was to put on!
If you splurge at a Holiday meal, make sure that the next day you drink SlimTea to suppress your appetite and stick to fat-burning foods like fresh fruits and vegetables.
You may even try an intermittent fast – but talk to your doctor first!
Comfort Food Conundrum…
These chilly nights can make eating healthy seem a little more difficult.
I crave nothing more than buttered bread on a cold, snowy night, or day, or afternoon…
(Can you blame me? After all, eating a salad seems much less appealing when you just want to be warm and cozy.)
This is the time when we would all much rather eat a big warm plate of something covered with gravy.
The key is to remember to eat balanced and healthy meals.
Make sure to keep eating fruits and vegetables (there are lots of delicious choices that are coming into season right now).
You may find that steaming, sauteing, grilling, or broiling your vegetables adds a ton of flavor.
In many cases, this makes them actually BETTER than raw food for you.
Some foods, such as kale, are better steamed (not torching hot, but moderately heated) for full nutrient absorption!
Also, consider trying recipes that can comfort you and make you feel good, like homemade soups.
These are warm, delicious, and they tend to be lower in calories than a lot of other comfort foods.
My cellulite blasting bone-broth stock is always a hit – and it can be mixed with pureed vegetables to create warm, comforting, AND fatburning meals!
I know I have been guilty of this one.
The shorter and colder days sometimes make hanging out on the couch under a blanket seem far more appealing than getting up and getting exercise.
And naps. Mmm… Love me some naps.
But really, now is a great time to shake it off and get physical.
Regular exercise has been shown to help us keep our unhealthy cravings under control.
And as an added bonus, physical activity can help to ease stress and elevate your mood (which we could all probably use during this season).
So get yourself to your local rec center, stage a living room yoga class, or just put on your comfiest coat and take yourself on a nice, long walk.
Working out boosts your metabolism for hours after you actually train.
Plus, it causes you to feel warmer throughout the day!
When I workout I can feel the heat emanating from my hands for hours.
Talk about a great way to kick the winter weight gain blues!