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Winter Weight Loss Tips
It can be difficult to get motivated to stay in shape and eat healthy during the winter months, especially when it is so easy to just slip on a bulky sweater instead. The dull months can leave you feeling sluggish and most would prefer to warm up with warm stew or buttery mashed potatoes rather than a salad.
It’s easy to indulge during the winter. Over the holidays most pack on a couple of pounds by eating second helpings of turkey and gravy, stuffing and numerous desserts. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching many people haven’t had a chance to trim down before they dip into chocolate truffles and handfuls of cinnamon hearts.
Cold weather and holiday feasts do not have to be excuses for putting off weight loss. There are a number of things you can do to stay in shape during the winter. The following tips can help you stay on track this winter.
1. Use some self-restraint. This does not mean completely forgoing all the holiday goodies, but instead of devouring an entire box of Valentine’s chocolates have a couple and share the rest with friends and family.
2. Make smart food choices. If you’re craving chili make your own rather than buying it in a can. Use ground turkey instead of ground beef to add unique flavor and go easy on the canned pork and beans, which are packed with salt and sugar. Instead, add more kidney and pinto beans which are loaded with nutrients and fiber.
3. Eat your veggies. If a salad doesn’t turn you on during the winter months try some grilled vegetables. Baked veggies such as zucchini, squash, carrots and sweet potatoes are warm and delicious if you coat them with a little bit of olive oil and your favorite spice for an extra taste boost.
4. Don’t be a couch potato. Curling up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa may be appealing during the cold months, but there are many great ways to get some exercise. If you’re willing to brave the cold, head outdoors for a brisk walk. If you’re more adventurous, go tobogganing or skiing. If you want to stay indoors, there are still plenty of options. Buy a yoga mat and set it up in your living room. Try some squats, leg lifts and crunches. Even a few minutes each day will make a difference.
5. Take on some winter chores. If you own a snow shovel offer to shovel your neighbors’ driveways. Not only will you be doing a good deed but you’ll be getting a great workout in the process. Just 30 minutes of shoveling snow can burn 193 extra calories!
Winter weight loss does not have to be a challenge. With a little work you can fend off winter weight gain and feel and look healthier.
Lauren Collins loves running outdoors regardless of the weather. She cares a great deal about living a healthy life style and writes for DietNation.com – a health based site about weight loss tips, popular diet reviews and all the help you need to lose weight.
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