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Kiss Your Winter Weight Goodbye

You probably wish you could leave those winter pounds behind with the season. A lot of indulgence during the cold months was fun at the time, but now you want to lose the weight and get ready for summer. Here are four ways that you can kiss your winter weight goodbye.

  1. Change the way you eat

 

If you put on a few pounds thanks to the warm and delicious comfort foods you enjoyed during the cold winter months, it’s not a bad idea to start eating lighter meals. Eat more salads and less carbs. Make sure you eat proper portions. Overindulging in anything will not help in your weight loss effort. Eat dessert less often. If you have a sweet tooth, enjoy yogurt, fruit, and smoothies. If you’re ready to get your summer body back, eating better is the perfect place to begin.

  1. Drink water

 

Drinking more water will help you to feel full longer. This will help you to consume fewer calories and lose weight. Drink a glass or two of water before every snack and meal you eat. Water is also a better choice of beverage as it has no calories or fat. If you drank a lot of coffee, hot cocoa, and other speciality drinks during the winter, reducing your consumption of them now will help you to lose weight. Drinking water will also help you to look younger and more healthy.

  1. Get moving

Winter is over and the temperature is rising. It still might be raining, but don’t use that as an excuse to avoid working out. You can go for walks in the rain and do at-home workouts. If you don’t have the self-motivation to work out at home, hit the gym a few times a week. Set a steps goal for each day and figure out how to hit it. If you work in an office, make sure you take walks during your break and lunch. If there are stairs, walk them. By getting active again you will drop those winter pounds. Implement physical activity into each day even if it means going for a thirty minute walk each evening.

  1. Get enough sleep

 

Getting enough sleep is important for your weight loss. If you stay up late, you might want to enjoy a midnight snack or two. This will add to your calorie count for the day. Sleeping enough will also mean you have enough energy the next day to be active. If you don’t get enough sleep, your hunger hormones become messed up, which leads to overeating and weight gain. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble falling asleep, try turning off your TV and phone at least thirty to sixty minutes before bedtime to let your brain calm down. Being overstimulated can make it difficult to fall asleep. Make sleep a priority for better energy to get you through the day and to aid in your weight loss.

With summer on the way you probably want to drop your winter weight and get your body back. By following the above tips you won’t have any trouble shedding the pounds.

 

shedding holiday weight

6 Tips for Shedding Holiday Weight

If you gained weight during the holidays, you’re not alone. It’s an easy thing to do with all the parties, tempting treats, and delicious meals. Here are six tips for losing weight you may have gained during the holidays.

  1. Increase your water consumption

During the holidays you may have enjoyed a lot of specialty coffee drinks as well as alcoholic drinks. While delicious and festive, they aren’t exactly low in calories. Now that the holidays are over you should make water your drink of choice. Not only is it free of calories, but water will help to keep you full and therefore consume fewer calories.

  1. Get active

Whether you had a workout routine before the holidays or not, now is the perfect time to get active. Even if you only start by going for a 30-minute walk each day, you will start to burn calories and improve your stamina and metabolism. As time goes on you may decide to start running or hitting the gym. If you had a routine prior to the holidays, pick up where you left off.

  1. Eat proper portions

During the holidays it’s not uncommon to eat more than you normally would. There are so many temptations and it’s hard to say no. Now that you’re ready to shed any weight you may have put on, it’s time to get back to eating proper portions. Make sure you fill at least half of your plate with fruits and veggies. If you decide to go for seconds, wait at least twenty minutes before doing so and drink a glass of water.

  1. Don’t crash diet

You might be so eager to drop weight after the holidays that you skip meals and snacks altogether. This is a bad idea as your metabolism will slow down and you won’t burn calories as fast. If you don’t eat enough, you also won’t get the nutrients and fiber that also play a role in weight loss. In fact, you may even notice weight gain if you stop eating because your body will begin to store fat as it thinks it’s in starvation mode.

  1. Give away holiday leftovers

If you’re left with a lot of leftovers from the holidays, pass them on to friends and family. The best solution is to send your guests home with leftovers so they’re aren’t around to tempt you in the days to come. If you do find yourself stuck with leftovers, portion them out and freeze them to have for dinners and lunches in the future.

  1. Reduce sugar intake

Sugar causes weight gain as well as a number of other health issues including depression, high blood pressure, and it may lead to cancer. Over the holidays you probably indulged in sugary treats more than normal. Don’t go cold turkey and cut out all sugar at once. If you have a sweet tooth, this is an impossible feat anyway. Replace desserts with fruits. If you drink sodas, try to break the habit. By reducing sugar intake, you will automatically begin to lose weight.

Losing holiday weight doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you adopt healthy lifestyle habits again (or for the first time), that weight is going to fall right off.

 

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