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Keeping a Healthy Weight in the Winter

By Ashley Chapman

Winter is filled with family gatherings and cold weather. With this combination brings a plethora of food options that may or may not be the healthiest. When it comes to staying true to your weight goals, it can be difficult to say no to unhealthy food. Read more to find ways to enjoy the winter months without sacrificing your weight goals.

Moderation

While there are plenty of options when you go to gatherings or parties, it is always best to eat in moderation. If heading to a dinner, try to eat a small snack beforehand to help prevent overeating. If dessert is offered, try to eat a smaller portion and avoid eating seconds.

Don't Skip Meals

It is a common misconception that if you skip a meal, it will allow you to eat more calories later. Unfortunately, skipping meals has a negative impact on your metabolism and your weight. When your body feels like it is starving, it begins to store food, as fat. This may halt your metabolism temporarily and affect your hunger for the rest of the day.

Exercise Schedule

When it comes to cold weather, it can be difficult to stick to your exercise schedule. If you normally exercise outside, try using exercise videos for indoors. If you currently do not have an exercise schedule, it can be beneficial to try something small but effective. Some options could be lifting free weights at home or going on short walks.

Set Goals 

Goal setting is important when you are trying to make a lifestyle change. If you are someone who made a healthy weight goal in summer and fall, it can feel difficult to keep the same aims when winter comes along. Writing down the goals you want to make is a great way to stay on track. Try posting them where you will see them often.

Limit Drinks

Drinking is often a holiday pastime, but it can put a damper on your weight goals. While you do not have to skip drinking altogether, it would be beneficial to make smarter choices. Try to limit the amount of beer you drink and if you are choosing to drink liquor, try to choose a mixture that is lower in calories such as sparkling water with lime.

Often people become hungry after they have been drinking. To limit the amount of late night munching you might have after drinking, it is best to a eat full meal before you decide to drink.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Citrus Heights, Calif.

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