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Ahh...It is the winter time of year again. Of course, winter is the time to stay in and cuddle up with cosy blankets. It is a great time to enjoy holidays and festivals with yummy winter delicacies. But on another side during winter “Maintain an ideal and healthy body weight” is a little cumbersome. And most of the people, despite their best efforts will struggle through the winter to lose the weight and keep it off.
If you had also noticed the number on the scale creep up during the cold weather. Do not get worried, you are not alone. According to a recent scientific research, most people gain five to ten pounds weight during winter. While enjoying this beautiful season, it is very important to remind ourselves how to “maintain an ideal body weight” during a winter season. It is worth to adopt some simplest weight loss strategies to avoid those extra pounds. But before adopting any special weight loss strategies or specific diet it is better to understand why we tend to pack on the pounds during the cooler months of the year.
Definitely, weight loss or maintaining an ideal weight during winter is quite challenging for everyone. It requires a different set of pre-planning with diet and exercise strategies. Here are some practical ways that can help you to stay motivated in your “weight loss journey” during this winter.
Win the mind game
No doubt follow a strict “Diet and exercise schedule” on regular basis is a daunting task. And it is a usual occurrence that most of the people start their fitness regimen with enthusiasm but unable to keep it continues with same dedication for a longer period of time. It is really a “Mind game”. It is always important to get yourself in the right place mentally. Being motivated for “eat healthy and regular exercise” is the first and basic step that is must for maintaining a healthy weight, irrespective of weather.
During winter, as the surrounding circumstances are not so favourable, it is must to keep ourselves motivated. It is the time to adopt certain specific strategies that help you in maintaining an ideal weight during this cold weather. Such as:
Yes! It is very important to “Plan ahead” for keeping the weight on track. The more thoughts you put into your diet and exercise plan in advance, the more likely you will adhere to it throughout the winter season. Of course, during summer we had plenty of fun and exciting outdoor options for enjoying the fitness routine with variation. But when bad weather and other circumstances rear their ugly head, it is must to reorganise and pre-plan your “Diet and fitness schedule” with flexibility. It is the time to research and explore the more innovative ways to be active and fit during this challenging weather. Here is a complete list that can help you stay active during winter weather.
Explore new ways to indoor exercise
As the winter approaches, the temperature gets drop, sky turns dark and cold breezy wind make us get into a winter hibernation mode. When bad weather restricted our outdoor activities it is must to explore the new and exciting ways to indoor exercise. You may create home gym or find an indoor pool or buy a DVD to keep you active during winter. Think about learning yoga, kickboxing, spinning or other types of exercises that will make you sweat and give a great workout to your body.
Modification in recipes
Of course, winter is a perfect time to enjoy delicious winter delicacies. On a cool snowy day indulging a big bowl of your favourite comfort food sounds pretty appealing. But these rich creamy dishes may cause calories disaster in your diet routine. So, does it mean you have to eat a boring and tasteless meal for maintaining an ideal weight? Of course, not. You just need to use few techniques with your creativity and imagination to create a healthy recipe. Try to include more and more healthy ingredients, limit the amount of sugar, fat and salt, eliminate the certain substance or by altering the method of cooking are the simplest techniques that can give a healthy twist to the recipe.
Focus on moderation and maintain a healthy balance
It is all right that you are a “fitness freak”, you love to have a well-toned and shaped body and you are doing the best efforts for maintaining it by doing eat healthy and regular exercise. But this motivation should be executed in a “Positive and relaxed manner”. It is all right to miss the workout on weekends or eat a piece of cake on your friend’s birthday party. Because putting extra mental pressure and over restriction may result in over temptation for our favourite food in subsequent weeks. And you make become a victim of “eating disorders”. Apart from that, persistent thought and over consciousness regarding your physical appearance may raise the level of stress hormones (cortisol) in your body that is not good at all for your physical and mental health.
Use “specific strategies for holidays and festival celebration
Of course, during holidays it is challenging to always eat healthy. Overindulgence in party foods that are mostly in high calories is the major cause of putting extra pounds during holidays. And it does not mean that you have to deprive yourself of celebrations and get together for maintaining a healthy weight. But you have to use some special strategies for maintaining an ideal weight. Such as:
Dealing with psychological factors
If you feel your symptoms of SAD (seasonal depression) are severe, then do not hesitate to take a professional help. And if cold weather and big clothes make you demotivated for maintaining a regular exercise schedule than once in a week put on your any western dress and take a good look. This look will help to reanalysed your problem areas, and you will get an instant motivation for again go back on track.
Last but not the least do not consider the maintaining an ideal weight as a onetime event. Make it a part of your routine life. Try to make the whole process fun and enjoyable. And always keep a positive outlook with consistent efforts.
So just enjoy the weather with these special steps to maintain an ideal body weight. Did you try any other special strategies to maintain an ideal body weight during winter? Please share with us.