When you live in a region that gets very cold, there is a common phenomenon which occurs every year from November and goes through March, April and even May; people gain a lot of weight and lose all the gains they made over the summer.
This is due to a combination of a few things, the biggest culprits being holiday treats and the cold weather outside. Staying indoors on the couch binging on your latest Netflix addiction with delicious snacks always seems like a better alternative to braving the cold and going to the gym.
Here are a few tips for approaching the brutal winters that make you add 10 to 20 unwanted pounds:
Set a goal for yourself
While staying fit should be a lifestyle, it does help if you’re working towards something, like training for a 5k, 10k, obstacle race, etc.
Don’t eat emotionally
Seasonal depression is a real thing! I go through it sometimes. When this happens, don’t turn to food for comfort as you will most likely over eat. A fun winter activity like snowboarding is a much better option.
Track your progress
Choose some metrics to give you an idea how well you’re doing. Weighing yourself helps, but don’t let the scale run your life. If you have access to body fat testing, that might be more appropriate.
Track and control your food intake
Eat to live; don’t live to eat. Whatever nutritional approach you subscribe to (flexible dieting, ketogenic diet, paleo, etc.) stick to your plan and cheat responsibly. Nutrition is the key to keeping you on track.
Keep yourself accountable
It helps to have someone or people who you’ve shared your goals with, and tell them everything that happens, good or bad. They will usually be able to tell if you’re slipping up if you’re honest about everything.
As winter comes to an end, it is time to get that summer bod back, unless you’ve kept it up. So get out there and kill it! Stay fit.