4 Tips to Avoid Putting on Winter Weight

by - 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

Whether we like it or not winter is right around the corner one of the things I’ve struggled with in past years is winter weight gain. I could imagine that most of you can relate to this as well. All of a sudden the fall season comes and goes winter is here and you’re indulging in all of your favorite treats in the pounds she’s add-on. Today I’m sharing with you a few tips to assist you with not putting on the winter weight gain.
These are tips and tricks that I've personally used. I am very proud of myself because last winter was the first winter that I did not put on a  lot of weight. I was still able to indulge in all of the savory holiday meals. By just being strategic.

Meal plan
Meal planning has just been crucial in my life. I honestly do not know where I would be today as far as my weight goes. I created a weekly menu plan to use as a guide. My breakfast is pretty routine. However, a lot of times when it comes to lunch and dinner. If I don't have it already prepared. I tend to go with an unhealthy option. Though sometimes I don't follow the meal plan all week. It a wonderful guide. Especially, when it's so easy to forget about what you have in your refrigerator.

Stay Active
I think a huge misconception is that if you can’t make it to the gym or you can’t go outside for a while because maybe there’s like five feet of snow. That you still can't stay active. Our home is really small, so I don't have the luxury of climbing up and down the steps, and we had to get rid of our treadmill due to lack of space. It's very important to think outside of the box. When shopping park your car far away. Take the stairs. If you work out of your home walk around more often. I've also found that Pinterest and YouTube is a wonderful resource to keep on hand. Let's not forget about having a gym membership. You have to do what works for you. Start off with a simple workout plan. Take part in a couple of exercise challenges. Pinterest has a ton of them. I'm sure you could probably find some on Instagram as well.

It’s so important to have a daily routine even if you have children and I actually will go more in-depth with daily routines in another blog post. I remember as a child I just wanted to go against the grain. However, I've grown to love daily routines. It's really how I maximize my time. Meal planning, getting up around the same time each day. Creating a to-do list for the next day prior to going to bed. It's so important to have some type of structure. It makes it a lot easier to live a healthier lifestyle this way. As an adult, sometimes we just lose focus of what actually works. Yes, your routines will vary by season. However, the first step is actually having one.

Set a goal
It was so important for me last year just to set a goal for myself in regards to not gaining any weight. It was the first winter since reaching my weight loss goal and I was terrified of gaining weight. However, I was not going to let that stop me from what enjoying the holidays. Once the holidays were over, I did get back on track with my eating habits. I love the saying " a goal without a plan is just a wish." Though I had a goal, making sure I had a plan to backup my goal was more important. I did not overeat. Once the holidays were over I got back on track with my healthy eating lifestyle. I rewarded myself for reaching my goals. What I've learned most is it's never too late to start over. I think a lot of people get so bent over shape if they gained weight, that they just give up. However, getting back on track and can possibly assist you in maintaining your goals.

Goal Examples

  • Walk Daily
  • Drink "X" amount of water daily
  • Take Supplements
  • One Cheat Meal
  • Meal Plan Weekly
  • Create a Grocery List
  • Join a Healthy Lifestyle Facebook Book or IG community
  • Reward Myself 

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  1. Staying consistent to goals is a big help. The winter seasons makes people lazy to exercise, so I think it's a good idea to gather with friends who like to do physical activities and stay fit. What are some supplements you recommend?

  2. I always dread winter because of the potential for weight gain. Seems I eat more comfort food and move less during the winter. I'll definitely use your tips to avoid gaining weight this winter.

  3. This has been weighing on me - no pun intended! It's so much easier to be fit and active in summer. Thanks for the tips.

  4. These are very easy tips to follow. I have to set a goal to drink more water!!

  5. These tips will come in handy as I am looking to lose some weight and staying active is key and something I know to do but haven't as its been to hot to get out and walk. So its a excuse as I have a Treadmill in my room I could use if I wasn't being lazy.

  6. Meal planning in the winter is so important. It really does help me from over eating and eating things I should not. It is much harder for me to get out and stay active in the winter so I need to try as hard as possible to keep my food on track. Great tips! Thank you!

  7. Oh yes the winter weight gain with all the baking and heavier meals. We try to still eat our fish and lighter salads. Keep active and enjoy the snow and being outside.

  8. Oh man, I do have to work on this. I try to jog throughout the year and help, and I try to lift weights.

  9. My workout schedule does not change much in winter because I go to the same gym year round. My husband runs outside all year and proves it is never too cold.

  10. I am doing good with water. I used to have a hard time drinking it. But now that is all I drink. I have to work on moving more. I work from my computer so I spend long periods of time sitting down. I need to break that habit.

  11. Truth be told, summer is when BB tends to put on the pounds. Not one for heat, Babushka never strays far from her ac. Winter (Florida winter) is when you find a springy and active BB.

  12. Strong 4. I'll be going through a huge life change in a few weeks (quitting my job to go to school full time for two semesters) and I'm already worried about the change in my routine, exercise-wise. I have to have a plan.

  13. I actually have the opposite problem where I live- even though winter is still tempting with all the holiday baked goodies, it's actually the summer that I tend to hibernate during since it's TOO hot {110+ daily} to go outside. I actually venture back out in the fall and winter and lose some of my summer weight- but these tips still totally work for my "hibernation" season!

  14. Staying active during winter is really tough but you are right, there are so many other ways. Luckily, we have a mini gym at our basement.

  15. Meal planning is definitely huge. I go back and forth between doing it and not doing it, but when I DO meal plan, I'm sooo much healthier!

  16. All good tips. My weight doesn't discriminate... it visits me all year long, unfortunately.

  17. Even though it is chilly outside, staying active is so important. These are some really great tips.

  18. I read something, somewhere, some time ago...that to make significant changes, we should start small. Start with ONE thing each week. So, first week, park further away. Second week, cut out the ________ (donuts, sugary stuff, candies, whatever). Third week, pick up some weights and use them. And so forth and so on. I find it is easy to break away from good habits and hard to get back into good habits. So start small, one step at a time.

  19. Making sure that things don't get into a slump is so important. I get the winter blues so badly.

  20. YES to staying active!! I am starting a new workout plan tomorrow (today??) that I am super excited about and I hope it makes me like working out again so I can keep it up throughout the cold months!!

  21. These are such great tips. I always tend to put weigh on in the winter months because of the holidays but definitely following these guidelines!


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