5 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain This Winter

Well ladies, it’s winter and there’s no easy way to say it, but for many of us that means an increase in layers – and I don’t just mean thermals under jumpers under coats. It can also mean another layer of fat.

There is no scientific evidence to prove a biological predisposition to weight gain during the cold, grey winter months – unless you’re a hibernating animal. But nevertheless, many of us see the number on the bathroom scales creep up as the season progresses.

If you’re struggling with what to blame it on, here are some of the possible reasons why it happens.

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  • Feeling SAD. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The brain chemical serotonin is responsible for a type of depression that can cause some people to eat more when it’s dark and cold. Scientific studies suggest that on sunny days the brain produces more serotonin, and less on dark days. Food affects the same mood circuitry of the brain as drugs, so people use food to make themselves feel better
  • Less Activity. This certainly isn’t true for everyone, especially those who love winter sports, but many people do become more sedentary and reluctant to face the outdoors when curling up under a blanket in front of a movie seems more inviting.
  • Eating stodgier foods. Surprisingly, people tend to eat more in spring and summer, however, it’s the types of foods we eat that play a part in weight gain. In the warmer months, we take in more carbohydrates – and as mentioned, we tend to be more active. But as the cold sets in, we develop a tendency for fattier foods in autumn. Let’s face it…who can resist a big thick chunky meat pie when it’s minus 5 outside!
  • Less sunshine vitamins. It might be a shot in the dark, but if you believe the scientific studies, it’s thought that low levels of Vitamin D during winter can affect our weight. Research suggests that people with insufficient Vitamin D store more fat
  • The way we dress. In winter, we can cleverly hide our bodies underneath the camouflage of bulky jumpers, coats and boots. This can be a big factor as to why we eat more and gain weight. After all, if you can’t see it – it’s not there, right?

5 Tips To Avoid Your Clothes Shrinking This Winter

1. Make lots of thick hearty soups. Right now, there’s an abundance of gorgeous winter veggies which can be steamed, boiled or roasted, then pureed in a blender with their stock. Add lean meats like chicken or lean beef if you like but you can’t beat a delicious steamy soup for a low calorie, highly nutritious boost. Here are some terrific tasty soup recipes under 100 calories.

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Winter Warmer Veggie Soup

  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 fl oz lemon juice
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsps fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups of cauliflower florets
  • 1 stalk medium celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsps fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes – or 20 minutes if you prefer to puree

2. Keep your body busy. If you don’t want to brave the cold outdoors to exercise, now would be a good time to investigate joining a gym…even on a casual basis. Alternatively, buy some Yoga, Pilates, or dance fitness DVDs, a hula hoop, or even a skipping rope – and make movement at home.

3. Keep your mind busy. Spend more time on your favourite hobbies. Re-visit knitting, sewing, reading, stamp collecting, or start writing your first novel. Try taking a short course, like photography, cookery, learn another language, or do that computer course you’ve been meaning to sign up for.

4. Pamper yourself. Just because it’s winter and you get to hide your body under all those bulky clothes, and your feet in boots, doesn’t mean you should neglect your body. Treat yourself to a spa day, massage, facial, pedicure, new hairdo, or anything that you would normally do during the summer months. It’ll help lift your spirits, make you feel great about your body…and more inclined to respect it. Why not visit a ‘daily deal’ website like Groupon, or Living Social for massive discounts on all kinds of things.

5. Stock up on supplements. In a recent study done in the Journal on Nutrition, scientists discovered that low levels of some vitamins and minerals including zinc were associated with a decreased metabolic rate – and therefore less calorie burning. Natural supplements are best wherever possible, and it doesn’t get any more natural mother nature’s gifts from the hive, including bee pollen, which contains every nutrient your body needs to glow with good health. Another way to help keep the kilos from creeping on is to try Bee Slim Green Coffee Bean Extract. This amazing product is a breakthrough weight loss aid, first trialled in the USA. Green coffee bean is an excellent source of the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which can help prevent the body from absorbing fat, as well as speeding up the metabolic process.

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About the author
Dora is a freelance writer who has worked in the natural health industry for over 12 years. She has written literally millions of words about nutrition, natural health and the wondrous benefits of the gifts from the bee hive.

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