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Winter Weight Loss

January 29th, 2016


By Dr. Grant Reffell

Sometimes when winter comes all people can think about is food! It is not uncommon to eat more during the winter months. In fact, many people dread the winter weight gain. Studies have shown that people all over the world gain more weight during the winter months. There is more than one reason to explain the tendency of overeating in winters:

  • Winter is usually the holiday time and people are at home and they tend to eat more during the holidays. They are relaxing at home, watching TV, sitting on the couch and that’s the time they feel like munching on something.
  • Women know that they no longer have to wear clothes which reveal their curves. The figure is hidden behind the various layers of clothes one needs to wear in order to protect against the cold weather. This makes them carefree and not so diet conscious anymore.
  • During the dark winter days, the production of the hormone melatonin increases. This hormone increases your appetite so you feel hungry more often during the winter months.

If you want winter weight loss in during winter, all your efforts of keeping fit will be in vain. Let’s see how you can shed the winter pounds:

  1. Curb the cravings – A hot cup of coffee and a muffin seem apt to warm you, but you need to curb those sugar cravings. Desserts can make anyone go crazy. Candies and cakes are full of sugar and saturated fats and supply nothing but endless calories to the body. Due to the cold, it is very easy to settle down for quicker options. You don’t want to leave your cozy space and are more interested in eating foods that require little or no cooking. Try not to become a slave to these fattening foods as much as you can.
  2. Involve yourself in work – When you’re at home, it’s understandable that you want to relax, but try not to be idle for a long time. Make sure you eat your meals at the usual time and involve yourself in some work to avoid any unnecessary snacking.
  3. Indulge in some physical activity – It’s not a good idea to be lazy all day. You need to include some sort of physical activity in your daily routine. If you don’t move an inch all day and keep on eating, then nothing can stop you from gaining weight.
  4. Eat only as much as required – Identify your body’s needs. Eat only as much as required by your tummy. If your stomach feels full, stop right away. Don’t eat more just because it’s a delicious dish. It can cause heaviness and gastric trouble. One way to keep a check on hunger is to maintain a record of what you eat and the number of calories you intake. This will help you decide whether you need to eat something or not.

Now, you can indulge yourself once in a while, but do remember our little advice so that you don’t find it difficult to fit into your summer clothes!

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