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4 Ways to Keep the Weight Off During the Winter Months

December 2, 2010 in Body,Exercise

Well, it’s officially winter where I am. It actually snowed today. I’m not ready, I’m never ready but alas, the winter season is here, along with the wind chills comes the ever-dreaded winter weight gain. Why is it that it’s all too easy to unconsciously pack on the pounds during the frigid winter months?

I suppose because we’re likely to spend most of our time indoors taking part in sedentary activities and eating comfort foods. Nevertheless, there is hope. The best way to put a stop to winter weight gain is to combat its effects before it even begins.

Try these tips to stop the pounds from creeping up on you:

1. If you can’t make it to the gym have a “plan B” to work out indoors. Whether you purchase yoga DVDs or an elliptical machine, get moving each and every day throughout the winter.

  • Take 30 minutes out of your morning to exercise. Feel free to take the weekends off, but if that’s when you have less restraint with your eating habits, take two days off midweek and exercise weekend mornings.
  • Make it a couple’s event. Pop in a salsa DVD each morning and work out with your partner. It’s fun, flirty, and the perfect way for couples to spend quality time together every day.
  • Invite your best buddies over and schedule a “girl’s night in for exercising”. Spend some quality time with your friends while you burn off some calories.

2. Make meals ahead of time. Sometimes, when the weather is depressing and cold, your desire to cook will vanish. This causes you to reach for the phone and dial the pizza place or Chinese restaurant for delivery. Instead, if you have precooked meals in the fridge, you’ll naturally eat healthier and save money, too!

  • On a Sunday afternoon, take the time to prepare two or three meals and freeze them. Make chicken noodle soup, whole-wheat spaghetti and meatballs, or your favorite casserole and tuck it away in the freezer. Before work, simply let the container defrost and pop onto the stove as soon as you get home.
  • If you’re not in a cooking mood, plan several meals for the week so at the very least you won’t have to wonder what’s for dinner. While you are planning your meals, make your grocery list so that you are well organized for your trip to the grocery store.
  • Dust off the crackpot and experiment with a crockpot meal.

3. Stock healthy snacks. Snacking is inevitable, especially when you’re stuck indoors, evening after evening. You might as well prepare for your snack cravings and stock up on healthy and satisfying snacks.

  • Run for the baked goods! Though they’re often laden with calories and fat, you can often find fat-free and low calorie versions at specialty bake shops. Treat yourself to apple pie, angel food, and granola.
  • A serving of apple pie generally contains approximately 300 calories. However, this is just approximately 50 to 100 calories more than you would consume eating a Kit Kat bar, Reese’s peanut butter cups, or 6 Oreo cookies. That slice of pie should keep you full for much longer, but keep an eye out for unnecessary saturated and trans fats.

4. Eat Holiday foods in moderation. Yes, your family is consuming heaps of eggnog, turkey, and potato salad, but if you’re trying to ward off the winter weight gain, refrain from eating like it’s your last supper.

  • Have a glass of water before your big holiday meals and load your plates with vegetables, lean meats, and a small amount of fatty foods.
  • Leave space between your food. The more space the less calories will be on your plate!
  • If you’re hosting a holiday dinner, take charge and prepare calorie conscious meals. Rather than baking a ham for Christmas dinner, make lemon herb turkey. Rather than using mayonnaise in your potato salad, go for an Italian potato salad with vinaigrette as the binding agent.

In reality, all it takes to combat the winter weight gain is attention to detail and some indoor activity to keep you fit. By keeping these helpful pointers in mind, you’ll be beach-ready even before the spring season strikes!

Be Balanced,

Your Balance Partner


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