Cold weather and daylight savings almost begs us to stay inside. This is where it begins. “Layer up” we say when venturing out into the wintery tundra. Some of us take that literally and figuratively by adding a few extra pounds in insulation. Unfortunately, we aren’t bears settling in for hibernation but the truth is people gain an average of 5-10lbs just between Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Yes, a handful of people suffer from what’s known as seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder which may lead to overeating but that is a very very small minority. For most of us it’s simply a lack of movement. Yup, we use cold weather, bad roads, and lack of daylight as an excuse to stay cooped up in our warm little homes and not stay active.
5 pounds doesn’t sound like a lot…and it isn’t…but odds are likely it’s not 5lbs of pure muscle. It’s probably 5lbs of unwanted, unhealthy body fat. Those love handles you might have worked so hard to get rid of over the summer are back!
How To Avoid The Winter Layer
1 – Exercise: Well duh! Common sense right?! But winter is the time many fall off the wagon and get away from their daily exercise routine. Now is the time to reinforce it! Get a workout buddy and help each other through the tough winter months
2 – Keep Your Habits: If you’ve gotten into a solid routine of eating well then stick to it. Avoid using the holidays and festivities as reasons to fall off the wagon and alter what’s working for you. Keep healthy food in your house, not trays of cookies!
3 – Don’t Go To A Holiday Parties Hungry: What…the hell you say!!. What’s the point, the whole reason to go is have fun and eat wonderful food. True but in the spirit of giving you have to give yourself a chance. Eat a good healthy meal before the party, don’t skip with the plan to gorge yourself to Santa-esque proportions. When there be smart about what party foods you eat.
4 – Put The Bottle Down: Holidays and winter months tend to be correlated to increased alcohol consumption. Have fun but don’t overdue it on a regular basis.