Let’s face it. We all put on weight over winter but its how you deal with it. This winter is no exception. Most people tend to put on weight around their middle and then want to lose it in September!
We all love our comfort foods during winter and hate exercising in the cold. But if you have a goal in mind such as a marathon, then this will help you to stick to your goal and not put on weight.
Oh and if you have a gym membership you better be committed to the gym all winter long. They have lots of group classes in there to help motivate you to stay on track.
We don’t sleep well during winter as it is too cold outside. Some people cannot afford heating. Or some of us might be lucky and sleep really well. And then we get a cold and its inside bed for a little while. Our cortisol levels rise when we don’t sleep well and then we put on weight.
We also crave comfort foods during winter. But most of the ones outside have lots of calories in there. Some people eat more than they burn, meaning that they will gain weight easily. In 2014 I was one of those. I went to potluck dinners, ate as much as I wanted without a care in the world. Also, I ate lunch out every day as I had uni. Did not sleep so well in winter (still don’t’) and was inactive. At most I slept about three hours per night. At that time I put on a lot of weight (mainly fat mass)
At this time we crave a lot of desserts especially chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? There are so many chocolate places in Melbourne. You’ll just have to try and avoid them all.
We get dehydrated easily during the winter due to indoor heating and staying indoors. In 2014 I had no idea about the fluids or how much I needed to drink so I mistook hunger for thirst and had as a result overeaten. Now I know that it is one liter of water for every 25 kgs we weigh and if we exercise its another 1 liter. We still need to keep our fluids up at this time as they help the body to function properly. Our gut microbiome gets stressed easily due to too much junk food and not enough nutritious foods.
In the supermarkets, there are not a lot of fresh produce and berries so people resort to the frozen or canned stuff that sometimes has more sugar in them then the fresh ones. Our bodies don’t process white sugar so well as we discovered on Sugar-free September. We can process the natural sugar just fine and bananas are in season at this time as well as apples.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to keep the weight off this winter and be flu-free. Stay healthy and avoid junk food and you’ll be just fine. Also, don’t forget to exercise.