Winter Weight Gain

Let’s Beat the Winter Weight Gain!

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.

But we want to fight back, and we hope you will join us. Let’s get after this now, before the cold of winter is in full force and you will have less to deal with when the warm breezes start blowing!

The good, the bad and the solution…

Although winter weight gain varies from person to person, research shows the average gain to be five to seven pounds!

Some people gain this extra weight because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder—a type of winter depression. But 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? According to Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management centre, it 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 nice if we could blame our cold-weather corpulence on something exotic like the jet stream cycle and waddle off for another espresso.

But it is good news because we can do something about it. We don’t have to greet spring with softer middles and tighter clothes. So let’s work together and starting tackling that winter weight gain. At FLI Fitness we use, intelligence.

Hour of decision

We all know what is bad for us, we all know that if we eat too many sugars it will feel good at first and then we feel bloated and de energised. So why do we still do it? Well the answers are very personal and can range from habit forming to self-attacking. Our Health Coaching sessions can help you resolve these issues, but in the meantime let’s make a choice a decision to implement a few rules that will help you through the next 3 months.

Here we go our top 5 tips…

1. Banned language: For the next several 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 birthday party, you take spouse out for dinner or your child has some chocolate and sweets. 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, but I am saying it is necessary.

2. Plan your occasional indulgence, 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 indulge on.

Love chocolate? Then let’s make a deal. Eat good, clean food for ten days, without cheating. And then at the end of those ten days, you can have some chocolate – guilt free. You can just enjoy it and then set the next goal. But you need to stick to your plan, otherwise you lose the treat.

Don’t waste your fun calories on something that doesn’t compare to your favourite chocolate!

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 pounds; just work to keep the winter scale-creep from happening to you.

Try to get some movement and exercise in at least six days a week and make at least 2 of them FLI Bootcamp!

4. Eat plenty of good fats. Avocados, nuts, seeds, oily fish, these are all essential oils and rich in Omega 3. Your body needs Omega 3 oils in order to repair and keep the immune system strong. Eating these foods regularly will dramatically reduce your cravings for sugary and savoury snacks.

5. Drink plenty of water. Not only does water make up 65% of your body but it is the main catalyst to every function and chemical reaction in the body. Water to the body is a lot like oil is to a car.

Remember that Spring will be upon us in no time, most of us leave it too late to make changes and then when it turns up we are unhappy about those soft middle and tighter clothes which are suddenly on display.

Finally it’s not just about how you look, this is YOUR health we are talking about, so let’s start being kind to ourselves now.

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