Now that the months are getting colder, you may be feeling tempted by the idea of curling up on your sofa and shunning the outside world while indulging in some comfort food. If you want to succeed with winter weight loss (or avoid winter weight gain), consider adopting some healthier alternatives.
Eat Healthy Comfort Food
As tasty and comforting as chocolate is, it is not going to help you meet your winter weight loss goals. Fortunately, there are healthy alternatives that will help you stay slender and healthy this winter.
For example, try a cup of tomato soup (low-sodium) combined with a healthy wholegrain bread turkey sandwich. Not only will it warm your stomach, it will also leave you feeling as though you have taken a little time to indulge. For something a little sweeter, try making wholesome oatmeal cookies with raisins or sultanas.
- Eating healthy meals can help stave off the cravings for sugary sweet or fatty foods, so make sure to incorporate your daily EnergyFirst protein shake to keep your blood sugar levels stable and curb those cravings.
Keep in mind that you can always make a healthy choice – even when it comes to comfort foods. If nothing else, eat a smaller portion of your favorite indulgence.
Although the weather outside can be chilly, there has never been a better time to get stuck into exercise. In fact, during the winter you have an automatic physical advantage; your body will spend so much energy trying to heat itself up that it will burn more calories.
To see the full benefits of this, you should don your warmest fitness gear, and head outside. Power walks, jogs, or even cross-country skiing will all help your body power through those calories.
Now is also the perfect time to turn your calorie burning efforts into something a little more fun. You can grab your family and friends and start a snowball fight, or you could build a snowman. All of those winter activities are ideal for burning more calories.
Help Your Body Relax
If you have a lot of demands to meet this winter, try to do what you can to help your body relax.
It is a well-known fact that those who spend at least eight hours a night sleeping are more likely to experience success when it comes to weight loss.
This is because when you don’t sleep enough, your body clings to fat in a bid to conserve energy. In addition to this, you will experience cravings that you cannot battle. To prevent this from happening, make sure you get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. You can help this process along by making sure your body gets the rest it needs.
Winter weight loss does not have to be challenging. By taking the right steps, you can maintain or improve your physique easily.