The beginning of winter brings with it not just the cold, but also weight gain. Put it down to comfort eating or all the partying that goes on till we ring in the new year, but chances of gaining weight are much higher in winter than in summer. Unfortunately, this scenario does not bear well for us and our wardrobes, especially if our favorite pair of jeans or that new dress does not fit.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lost and did not gain weight this winter? Here are 10 effective ways to help lose weight during winters.
1. Drink Lots of Water:
The first rule for weight loss, regardless of circumstances and situations remains consumption of water. So keep yourself hydrated and drink lots of water even in winters. It is the easiest and simplest way to keep weight under control. Drinking water frequently helps keep hunger pangs at bay and also cut down on food consumption, both factors that contribute to weight loss.
2. Sleep Well:
Research shows that lack of adequate sleep is a leading cause for weight gain. An adult requires minimum 7-8 hours of sleep a day. Dire as it sounds, every hour of sleep lost will result in weight gain. So think twice before you cut down on your sleeping hours, particularly at night.
3. Eat Food with High Water Content:
Eating right is the best option to lose weight consistently and maintain the weight loss. Foods with high water content like soups, fruits and vegetables help keep calories at bay since water adds volume and weight but not calories.
4. Increase the Intake of Proteins:
A high protein diet helps to reduce the consumption of food, thus preventing weight gain.
5. Cut Down on Comfort Food:
Comfort foods like macaroni and cheese are high on calories. Avoiding comfort foods or substituting fattening ingredients are the only choices before us.
6. Get Some Sun:
Serotonin is a mood-boosting chemical that makes us feel full. Sunlight or even a heavy dose of artificial light helps release serotonin that suppresses food cravings.
7. Time Your Meals:
Eat at proper intervals. Don’t wait till you are very hungry as the tendency to overeat is high at such times. Similarly, do not eat just to pass time and overcome boredom. Make sure that you are really hungry before eating as it will prevent the accumulation of unwanted calories.
Make time for your exercise regime. Regular exercise is a great way to lose weight and keep it off as well!
9. Alcohol is Strictly Off Limits:
Alcohol is an appetite stimulator. Alcohol also lower inhibitions and makes you eat food that you would have usually avoided if not under the influence. So cut down on alcohol to keep away from fatty and salty food packed with calories.
10. Accept Slip-ups and Move On:
Being human it is but natural to slip up occasionally. Do not brood and antagonize over slip ups like indulging in a favorite fattening dessert or missing out on exercising. Just accept and move on, making sure that you do not make such slip ups regular affairs.