How to Overcome Winter Weight Gain

Posted by on Friday, October 24, 2014

Today, we’re taking a hard look at winter weight gain. It’s a common problem—people tend to pack on a few pounds during the winter months.

We want to fight back, and we hope you will join us.  Let’s get after this now, before winter is in full force.

The good, the bad…and the solution Although seasonal weight gain varies from person to person, research shows the average gain to be 3 kilograms!  Some people gain this extra weight because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder—a type of winter depression.  Most of us can’t blame winter depression for our tendency to pick up extra weight during the winter months. So, why does winter weight gain happen?  IMG_3507It happens because we eat more and move less during the winter months

This is bad news and good news.  It is bad news because it would be kind of nice if we could blame our cold-weather lethargy on something exotic like the jet stream cycle and waddle off for another coffee and mince pie. This is good news because we can do something about it.  We don’t have to greet the New Year with softer middles and tighter clothes.  So let’s celebrate leap year by tackling winter weight gain with our weapon of choice here at Project Active:  DISCIPLINE.

Hour of Decision According to Merriam-Webster, discipline is a “rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity”.  This is perfect.  In order to fight winter weight gain, we have to discipline ourselves to follow some rules Here we go… 1.  Banned language: For the next 8 weeks, do not allow yourself to say, “Just this once.”  If you pay close attention, a ‘just this once’ situation comes up practically every day.  You go to a meeting. Christmas snacks,  someone brings a meal by your house because you’ve been sick. You have to say no every single time.  Otherwise, you will never get ahead. Just grit your teeth, resist what others are having and make good food choices. I’m not saying it is easy.  I am saying it is necessary.

IMG_3627 2.  Plan your occasional splurge, and do not deviate from the plan. Unending deprivation is never a good idea, but you have to be intentional about the time, place and food that you let yourself splurge on. Love the hot wings at your favorite restaurant?  Then let’s make a deal.  Eat clean for five days.  No cheating.  And then at the end of those ten days, go have the wings.  Guilt free.  Just enjoy them.  Then set the next goal.  You are not allowed to deviate from your plan in the meantime.If you do, you lose the wing. Don’t waste your fun calories on something that doesn’t compare to those wings!    

 

IMG_3545 3. Keep moving.  Exercise is not an optional activity.  Now more than ever you have to get your body in motion.  Exercise is very effective at preventing weight gain—and that is what we’re after right now.  Don’t even worry so much about losing a few kilograms, just work to keep the winter scale-creep from happening to you. Try to get some cardio in at least four days a week.  

Have a chat with us and see how we can help you make the right choices