Everybody wants to be fit, slimmer, more body beautiful. Unfortunately, not too many people have the heart to make these goals come true, and the onset of winter will likely see through more people abandoning their fitness goals all together.
It’s harder to stay fit in winter.
There are at least 7 reasons why winter weight gain is phenomenally seasonal and true among different kinds of people. Here’s why your body favors a bulkier frame in winter:
- The cold weather is making getting out of bed so much harder. Try not to sleep in too much or too late. It will make you lazier.
- Your metabolism slows down in winter. Some people still think that the body goes into starvation mode during the cold months but slow metabolism may well be a product of less physical activity around these times.
- Winter depression makes us stress eat. The gloominess of the surroundings make you crave for livelier, more color full foods (often sweets) that lift up your spirit.
- Foods made for the hearth are often not heart friendly. Winter foods characterized by sweets and fats, are often not favorable for the attainment of your fitness goals.
- Melatonin drives up cravings in winter. Some studies have linked appetite to melatonin, the hormone that dictates our body clock.
- Melatonin makes for a longer snooze. It’s so much harder to get up during winter mornings because of this fact.
- Prevalent physical inactivity causes weight gain. Physical activities around winter generally slowdown, and that’s what makes you fat.
Winter and weight gain: How to stop it.
Before you start thinking that there is no hope for you but to put on those extra pounds during this cold season, check out these top 5 tips to prevent winter weight gain:
Tip No. 1: Perform smarter indoor exercises.
Don’t make the snow storm an excuse for missing out on your workouts. Practice High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Perform high intensity mat exercises. One way is by starting in a standing position, feet apart. Go down flat on the floor or do one push up if you can. Get back to standing position. Reach up to the ceiling as high as you can while you tiptoe. Do this fast and repeatedly for about 20 seconds then, stop to catch your breath for 20 seconds. Do the same routine for another 20 seconds. Keep alternating for at least 3 reps.
Tip No. 2: Find more opportunities to get physical.
Intensify your physical activity by moving around more. Perform physically draining household chores like scrubbing the toilet or manually mopping your floors. Do something like walk to run errands at a nearby farmers’ market rather than tune in to Netflix and lie on your couch.
Tip No. 3: Be more choosy with your meals.
Cross out processed and microwaveable dishes from your grocery list. Second, next time you go shopping for food, go to the local farmers’ market instead and buy fresh ingredients. Third, learn how to cook. You can find all sorts of cooking demos on YouTube.
Tip No. 4: Practice discipline when eating.
Winter foods tend to be sugary, salty and fatty. Those things can easily put on the weight. Portion your food well. Have your fruits and vegetables in the largest serving. These food groups are what you should pick up first before anything else. Have a fist size portion of meat and the same portion of carbs. Add just a pinky’s worth of fat to your diet. One way to keep you eating healthy during the winter months is by blending your fresh ingredients — veggies, fruits and herbs.
Tip No. 5: Refrain from sleeping too late.
Practice healthy sleeping habits and develop a sleep pattern that trains your body to slowdown at a certain hour of night. Keep your gadgets away from you when it is time to go to bed. Induce a good night’s sleep by setting aside time to relax your mind and ease your thoughts. Take a warm shower, a glass of red wine or read a good book to help you get to sleep.
NBA legend, Michael Jordan once said, “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Don’t let winter overrun your weight loss goals in winter.