How to prevent weight gain during winter

There’s more to weight gain than just eating the wrong foods overloaded with caleries. Things like a draughty house, your comforter and the sniffles could be behind your centimeters and kilograms piling up. Winter can be a bleak time of year for dieters, and not just because of the holidays. The cold weather can interrupt your workout routine, make you more likely to reach for comfort foods like mac and cheese, and can even send you on a mood roller coaster that can lead to overeating. 

You sleep under a pile of blankets:
It’s tempting to burrow under your layers of sheets and have the electric blanket on full heat when it gets cold out, but don’t get too cozy. Being too warm can actually keep you from nodding off and the heat will wake you up during the night, which can spell bad news for your gut. Researcher done at Columbia University found that people who get less than 5 hours of sleep are 50 percent more likely to be obese than those who sleep 7 to 9 hours a night. But what does your comforter have to do with it? Science shows that you enter and get your best sleep when your core body temperature drops. If your body is too warm, heat dumping can't occur normally, making it difficult to go to sleep. The optimal ambient temperature: a cool 16?C - 20 ?C degrees.

Getting into a regular workout routine is the key to keeping weight off in winter especially with the sun setting very early you're a lot more likely to go to your warm home and watch TV if you don't have a regular workout routine that includes a variety of types of exercises. Because if your body is used to working out at 6pm your body and mind will have a natural urge to want to work out at 6pm every day after a while. Please take note that it takes at least 3 -4 weeks for your body to start getting into a routine so it won’t just happen overnight.

Never go to a event or party hungry:
Fruits and vegetables are where we need to get our carbohydrates and not from alcohol and party snacks. Use high-fiber fruits and vegetables to fill up before a party. Eat some baby carrots, a big salad or an apple to curb your desire for empty party-food calories. When we eat outside the home, studies suggest that we may take in 40% more calories than we would otherwise. So much of our eating is not related to hunger but because of the variety of foods available at parties.

Avoid alcohol:
Alcohol is loaded with calories. And since many celebrations involve drinking, it's easy to take in a lot of calories without being aware that you are because you do not get full as quickly with liquids as you do with food. Drink a glass of water before and after each alcoholic beverage to help pace yourself and to dilute the amount of kilojoules you are taking in.

Practice calorie damage control. If you do overeat, don't 'fall off the wagon:
Make up for it by cutting your calories for a few days and adding extra exercise, but never skip meals. You can also get exercise in anywhere you are, take a brisk walk on your lunch break and after dinner, walk between the offices of your colleagues rather than phoning them and use stairs rather than the elevators or escalator stairs.

So this year, be prepared for the season and plan to beat winter weight gain.