Winter weight gain and the body’s natural instinct to pack on insulation during the colder months is something you don’t have to subscribe to every year. Unless you hibernate during the winter, there’s really no reason why you can’t avoid putting on extra pounds this winter. So read on because we’re going to show you how to get ahead of winter weight gain.
Winter gets a bad rap because it usually brings colder weather and shorter days and that can zap your motivation, making it tempting to head for home and cozy up on the couch with some comfort food. Winter has a way of slowing things down, especially when there’s snow and ice on the roads, and with the temptation of the holidays and the promise of parties round every corner, it’s enough to drive you to distraction.
But don’t despair. What you need is a plan to keep you on track. With a little strategy to get you through the winter season, you’ll have no hesitation putting on your swimsuit and heading for the beach when the sun returns.
Schedule Your Workouts
The key to getting through the winter is staying active and sticking to your exercise program, no matter what the weather. So it’s important you make exercise a priority and schedule your workouts into your calendar every week. Set yourself a reminder, so there’s no excuses. Better yet, why not stock up on a few exercise DVDs too, so you never miss a workout due to bad weather. Make time for the gym and it will pay off.
Keep A Packed Gym Bag At The Ready
If you have all your gym gear packed and ready to go in your gym bag then you’ll be better prepared to do battle with your excuses for not going to the gym. A packed gym bag is a great way to keep you motivated, because it refuses to be ignored. It practically screams – “Let’s work out!” Place it on your desk at work or at home where you can see it as a constant reminder. At the end of the day when you’ve unpacked its sweaty contents – proof of the toils of your labor – you’ll feel the satisfaction of knowing you worked hard and you’re sticking to your goals.
Prepare Your Meals Ahead Of Time
Anyone who has ever succeeded at reaching their fitness goals knows how important meal prep is to the final result. When you prepare your food ahead of time and you know exactly what you’re going to eat at every meal, you’re going to stick to the program and not blow your diet. Prepping your meals takes about an hour of cooking time and very little assembly. It cuts down on temptation and it makes counting your macronutrients (your carbs, proteins, and fats) that much easier.
Eat Every 2-3 Hours
Proper nutrition and balancing out your calories throughout the day will help curb cravings so you won’t be tempted to cheat. When you carve out your meals into smaller portions three things happen:
- You’ll get used to eating smaller portions every meal time
- You’ll avoid energy spikes and crashes and subsequent weight gain
- You’ll never feel hungry and be less likely to cheat
Take Your Meals With You, Even To Parties
It’s always good advice not to leave anything to chance and this couldn’t be more true than with your meal prep. Whether you’re off to work, meeting up with friends, or heading to the gym, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of taking your meals with you. Pack them in a cooler bag, one that will keep your food fresh all day long, so you never have to worry about being caught short. If you’re headed out to a party and don’t want to appear rude by showing up with your own food, enjoy one of your packed meals before you head in so you won’t be tempted to indulge in all the party favorites.
Unless you’re a bear that hibernates over the winter, biologically speaking there’s no reason why you should expect to gain an extra layer of insulation this time of year. All you need is a plan and a little strategy like these five tips to keep you on track. So when the thermometer takes a nose dive and the temptations of the holidays come knocking, you’ll be packed and all ready to go!
Sport Your Lifestyle
The Fitmark Team