Luckily as humans we don’t hibernate when the cold season is here. We go about with our normal activities although there are some tasks we skip. Staying indoors in winter can easily compromise the plans of many people in the weight loss* course. It becomes harder to go outside and exercise as usual. Since you are inside your house, you may find it easier to reach out to your fridge for a comfort meal like mac and cheese.
Despite the fact that seasonal weight gain vary from one person to another, studies have shown that on average, people gain between 5 and 7 pounds. These tips can help you lose* weight in winter;
Eat Food Rich in Fiber
These should include high fiber cereals and dried fruits. Whole grains cereals are readily available in most markets. It is also worth trying new grains which are loaded with fiber which are much healthier than most processed cereals. The best thing about them is that they are easy to cook and are nice when mixed with dried fruits, almonds and honey. Cook a huge batch using a slow cooker and store them in your fridge to save cooking time other days.
Water is very important in weight loss* because it facilitates metabolism. Instead of going for the calorie laden coffee and tea during winter, try some herb teas and brewed coffee to keep off the extra pounds. Most people prefer to go for comfort beverages during winter which can lead to weight gain. Heeding to this single winter weight loss* tip can help lose* a pound every week.
Take Fruits in Abundance
You don’t necessarily have to stick with apples or bananas in winter. It is advisable to diversify your fruit selection and consume grapefruits, pineapples, oranges, pears, pomegranates, figs, passion fruits, etc. You can make chopped fruit salads or combine them with chopped greens for a salad. Ensure you start every morning with a half grapefruit or lemon. Fruits are beneficial in boosting your immunity to prevent diseases like flu and colds which strike mostly during the cold months. There are also natural remedies for these viral infections to take into consideration.
Eat lots of Vegetables
People tend to think that one can’t find fresh vegetables during the winter months. There are some fresh vegetables you can find like parsnips, potatoes, rediccchio, rutabagas, celery, Brussels, radishes, cauliflower, cabbages, kales, leeks, sweet potatoes, raabe, broccoli, carrots, snow peas, butternut, etc. You will find these in plenty in most groceries stores and supermarkets. Ensure that you consume plenty in your stews or salads. There is no harm in starting with vegetables at breakfast. They are also rich in fiber for satiety feeling for the better* part of the day.
If you haven’t been used to soup previously, it is the right time to start making it part of your diet menu in winter. Prepare delicious soup from winter vegetables. Pair it with lean meat, beans, lentil grains, garlic and take it along with your meals. If you are creative enough, try using herbs in preparing your soup. You can make enough soup and freeze the rest to ensure that you will always have enough in your lunch container. Do you know drinking soup before your meal can help you eat less* and lose* weight during winter? The same case happens with water.
Take Chilies and Stews
The slow cooker that has been lying idle in your cupboard needs to be pulled out during winter. Majority of winter vegetables blend very well in the preparation of delicious stews. Slowly cook winter vegetables with lean meat to make a delicious stew for the winter. Chilies mixed with winter squashes and a mix of vegetables is an awesome meal for winter. Try adding some chopped kales to anything else you like. You have plenty of slow cooker recipes out there.
Skip Comfort Meals
Even if the blues strike, avoid the temptation of getting outside your diet plan. It is very easy to resort to comfort meals during the winter season to make the best of your moods. This can happen to everyone only to get shocked that they are adding pounds. Some people develop seasonal affective disorder which triggers overeating. To avoid going for a comfort meal during winter, simply avoid buying it when you go shopping.
Hit the Gym
Outdoor exercises are sometimes made difficult due to the harsh weather. The weather should not be a consolation and you should start going to the gym. You will find almost every exercise equipment and trainers who can help you carry on. You will also learn new training techniques when can significantly contribute to your weight loss* goal. The best thing about the gym is that you will find other people who are trying their best to keep fit. You will be encouraged and motivated to get companions whom you have the same goals in mind.