For some, gaining weight during the winter can seem inevitable. Between the fatty foods served around the holidays and the busy schedules that make exercise less of a priority, there are dozens of reasons why you might struggle with weight maintenance. But it's all about mind over matter. Channel your focus on how you can fuel a healthy, thriving body, no matter what time of year it is.
It may seem difficult to overcome, but learning how to manage weight during the winter months is simple and doesn't require you to make massive changes to your life.
Just follow these tips:
1. Get Enough Rest
Sleep plays a critical role in improving your overall health. That includes weight management, according to Ann Malkmus.
"Chronic sleep deprivation leads to numerous health problems like depression, high blood pressure, obesity, irritability, irregular hormone production, decreased concentration and memory, and a weakened immune system," she stated in "Unravel the Mystery."
When you don't get enough sleep, your metabolism slows down to conserve more energy. This is what causes you to gain weight. To avoid the latter, the National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
2. Curb Your Stress
It's easy to get stressed out around the holiday season – your agenda is likely more hectic than usual. But mental pressure has an impact on your physical health. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can increase your appetite and make you crave unhealthy, processed foods, which ultimately leads to weight gain if you give in. To curb the stress, spend more time praying to God this winter. He'll give you the strength you need to relax throughout the Christmas season.
3. Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise is a key component for losing and maintaining weight. But if you've just decided to make fitness a normal part of your routine, you shouldn't expect next-day results. In our February 2016 webinar broadcast "How is Your Weight Loss Resolution Working for You?" Paul and Ann Malkmus discussed common struggles when it comes to exercise. Those include:
- Starting a brand-new workout routine. This causes the muscles to retain water, which will stall the weight loss process. In other words, don't expect immediate results after changing up your workout.
- Overestimating the calorie burn. The number you're seeing on the treadmill doesn't cater to your specific body measurements. Consider investing in a heart rate monitor to receive accurate numbers that cater to you.
4. Make Smarter Diet Choices
Your diet has a large impact on your weight and will determine whether you lose pounds or not this winter. Don't feel pressured into eating heavy, fatty dishes at the holiday party. Instead, eat to fuel a thriving body. Avoid animal products and stick to natural, primarily raw choices from our plant-based diet.
5. Consider a Cleanse
There are dozens of fad detox diets out there that claim to be the answer for weight loss. The problem is most of those regimens are harmful and debilitating. If you're set on the idea of a cleanse, but want an option that'll nourish and strengthen your body, try our 7-Day Winter Detox Kit. This Hallelujah Diet product can rebuild, restore and detoxify your system.