Winter weight gain often feels inevitable, especially because of the food filled holiday season. The days are shorter and colder which makes it more difficult to get outdoors. Well, the good news is if you are looking to lose a few pounds, you still can lose weight during the winter months. Here are a few tips!
There are lots of indoor activities to try. Maybe you will really enjoy one of them. Indoor rock climbing, martial arts, and hot yoga are great ways to keep moving and stay warm.
2. Shorten Your Sessions
Do not skip your workout to go to a party, just do a shorter session. You do not have to visit the gym. Just try doing a short session at home. Squats, lunges, sit ups, and push ups for example.
3. More Moving and Less Eating
Try ice-skating instead of a holiday cookie or cocktail party.
4. Wear An Activity Tracker
Wintertime is the ideal time to wear an activity tracker. If you cannot get that workout in, focusing getting 10,000 steps in.
5. Pack Your Plate With Protein
Protein will help you feel fuller longer and stabilize blood sugar levels. Even your snacks should have at least 10 grams of protein.
6. Be Carb Smart
Carbs are not your enemy. Breads and pasta are OK as long as it is about quality and not quantity, and the timing is key. Carbs that should be eaten on a regular basis are vegetables, beans and dairy. If you are going to consume carbs such as pasta, bread and rice, be sure to do that after a workout when your body can use them the most.
Research suggests that about 75 percent of Americans may be chronically dehydrated and we often mistake dehydration for hunger. Water consumption throughout the day can curb snacking and boost energy.
8. Do Not Skip Meals
Never show up to a holiday party or meal starving. When you arrive hungry to an event everything looks delicious. Eat normally throughout the day so that you will have the willpower to only enjoy a small amount of food and not be fooled by temptation.
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