Weight gain sometimes seems inevitable when fall/ winter rolls around and for a good reason- the holidays are upon us and the weather is getting colder, so our bodies crave the coziness of the couch and warm creamy comfort foods.
It surprises me how many people accept the fact that they will gain weight and not do anything to avoid it. Let’s not be those people this winter, okay?
Here are some great tips for keeping that bod you have worked hard for all summer.
1. Stock up on workouts you can do at home. I know it can be extremely hard to make it to that spin class when it is 30 degrees outside and still dark, or how badly you want to go straight home after work for a relaxing glass of red wine instead of hitting the gym; that’s fine with me- just take your workout to the living room. You can get an amazing workout at home; it all depends on how hard you want to push yourself.
Look to YouTube, Pinterest, Google and your favorite healthy living blog for inspiration. Stock up on workouts you can do at your house, so when you come home from work you will have one ready to go and not have to sit on the internet for 30 minutes looking for one!
2. Don’t skimp on the meal prep and try to bring your lunch to work as often as possible. This one is a biggie. If you continue to prep your food for the week and plan your meals out, you’re way less likely to overdo it on holiday treats.
The office can quickly fill with goodies this time of year, so bring your lunch as much as you can to avoid eating three brownies for lunch instead of a kale salad.
3. Eat before hitting the holiday soirees. Fill up on fruits and veggies before the party to avoid craving the sugar- filled holiday drinks and cookies.
One study suggests we eat 40% more when in a social setting, but a snack with carbs and some protein beforehand will greatly reduce the risk of this happening.
4. Ditch the leggings for skinny jeans. It can be tempting to live in leggings and boots during the winter, but you may have a rude awakening come spring. Comfy clothes give you permission to be lazy and indulge more because you can’t tell when your clothes are fitting a little tighter. How my clothes fit is the number one factor in determining if I have lost or gained weight (I don’t weight myself). Trade the leggings out for skinny jeans- you can still rock your boots!
5. DO NOT get trapped in the all or nothing mindset. I preach this all the time, but now is the worst possible time to have this mindset because let’s be honest, you are going to eat one too many servings of mac and cheese, and you will probably drink one too many glasses of wine catching up with friends and family, and that is okay! Enjoy yourself and the wonderful company you re in. The next day drink a tall glass of water and sweat it out in your living room!
We can avoid packing on the pounds, it just takes some effort, but it will be totally worth it when you can rock the New Year’s Eve dress you bought on sale last summer! (am I the only one who does this?)
Have a great day, friends!
Question of the day:
What are your secrets to avoid winter weight gain?