The winter is a time when many folks (especially in cold weather states) hibernate and gain weight. Diet fads and quick weight loss schemes rarely work. Changing habits and lifestyle choices are a better way to approach the issue.
Be realistic: Setting unrealistic goals that won’t be achieved is a good way to get depressed and gain weight. Set modest short-term goals to lose weight safely.
Don’t skip meals: Skipping meals will cause your blood sugar to drop, often causing irritability and less efficient burning of calories.
Eat light snacks before going out: Having a small piece of fruit, yogurt, cheese or almond butter on an apple or banana will make you less likely to binge on fatty food late night.
Eat slowly: Chew your food slowly and thoroughly so you can taste and enjoy it. Chewing aids the digestion process.
Be selective: Eat small portions of your favorite foods including protein, high-fiber options and veggies. Try to avoid eating sweets or carbs without proteins.
Take a 5 minute time out mid-meal: Taking a time out starts digestion and can curb your appetite for seconds.
Choose beverages wisely: Try to avoid sugary drinks. Alcohol is also high in calories, about 7 per gram. Liquors, sweet wine and sweet mixed drinks contain between 150-450 calories per glass.
Exercise: Classes and group activities can work and folks can be supportive. Other options are stationery bikes or just get the dog out for a long walk and/or jog.
Eat omega 3 fats: Fish oil is important year-round for it’s proven ability to reduce heart disease, decrease pain while supporting blood sugar balance.