If during summer and autumn you’ve successfully shed excess body fat, well done. It’s a result you’ll want to maintain during winter and despite what some may tell you, weight loss in winter can be easy, provided you are prepared. To maintain weight loss during the cold months, it’s important to realise that the fat you lost was insulation which helped you to stay warm. Unless you replace this internal insulation with an extra layer, or two, of clothing, you’re likely to find your head in the pantry in search of fuel.
In the Oxford dictionary, the definition of fuel is: –
- material such as coal, gas, or oil that is burned to produce heat or power.
Our bodies use food for fuel to produce heat and energy and during winter when it’s cold, it’s perfectly natural to crave “combustible” food for warmth. Combustible fuel is carbohydrate rich; it burns quickly and easily but will also raise blood sugar levels, and can, if consumed in excess, lead to weight gain and the increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Many of my clients mention how much colder they feel since losing weight, and when I point out why, it’s followed by an “ah ha” moment which would be fine were it not one or two kilos too late.
Plan for greater success in winter
When you anticipate the situation and prepare for it, winter can be the easiest season to lose weight in. We tend to socialise less, go to bed earlier, and enjoy easy to make meals, like soups and casseroles which taste better from one day to the next. All up, there’s less time cooking and more time to rest, relax and do whatever else you enjoy.
Despite 6 months of virtually relentless rain, the saying “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” is true. Before the days of Uniqlo Heatech and highly affordable duck down puffer jackets, growing up as a chubby girl in Scotland, I knew cold .
Wear more clothes
An extra layer of clothing does prevent you from eating to beat the cold. They don’t pay me for doing this, but you can’t go wrong with Uniqlo HEATTECH innerwear. A good pair of warm slippers and a down jacket to brace the outside elements.
All set and you’re ready to either lose more weight or keep what you’ve lost off.
A typically healthy weight loss winter’s day
- Porridge with chia seeds, pear and prunes*
- Chicken and leek soup with a slice sourdough and avocado*
- Turkey mince chili with beans and cauliflower rice
- 2 squares chocolate
- 2 cups tea with milk
- Unlimited hot water and herbal teas
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Provided you are warm and prepared. losing weight in winter can be more doable than it is in warmer months.
If you’d like help to lose weight this winter, visit my coaching page for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to discuss your needs.
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*recipes from The Greengrocer’s Diet