Are you feeling tired of the extra belly fat you’ve gained this winter? Are you feeling negative about yourself and your image? Thinking of reaching out to your old villainous friend (the cigarette) to overcome these feelings of emotional turmoil?
Lets first examine the causes…
Many people crave carbohydrates (breads, chocolate, sweets, chips etc.) in the winter especially when sunlight levels are lower. Freezing temperatures keep you inside, where you shovel heaps of comfort foods down your gullet. Before you know it, you’ve gained 10 pounds! Winter weight gain isn’t just an urban myth; it’s driven by biology and fueled by mood. In fact, most of us gain between three and four pounds during the winter months, despite our best efforts.
There are lots of culprits, but cold is the #1 suspect. When temperatures drop, we stay inside. Our metabolisms slow to a crawl and we pack on the pounds. But the conspiracy runs deeper than that. During the winter, we forgo low-calorie snacks for prepackaged, high-fat delights like chips, nuts and crackers. We also get less sunlight, which makes us feel down in the dumps.
To combat those feelings, we eat up tons of carbohydrates, fats and sugars, which make us feel better. Fat is a great insulator and it really does a great job of keeping you warm. Before the days of forced air heating and good insulation, a few extra pounds could mean the difference between life and death. For most of us, however, freezing to death isn’t really a problem… We want to look and feel good.
Here are a few tips to limiting the winter blues:
- Stay Active and Keep Busy Play with the kids, go out in the sun and go for some heart-pumping walks. Or take up a winter sport like skiing or skating to encourage body movement. Whichever activity you take up, the brain is keeping busy.
- Eat Healthier Realizing your extra pounds will not just disappear on its own, eating right will encourage, motivate and stimulate your brain cells to work for what you are trying to achieve.
- Be Moderate Alcohol and binge eating (snacking) in the winter should be taking into moderation considering the more sedentary lifestyle of the season.
- Sleep Well & Relax Keeping a sleep routine is sometimes hard, but experts say that keeping a well-regimented sleep routing encourages good behaviour. Being stress-free is the best way to overcome food desires; therefore mediation, deep breathing exercises and yoga are highly encouraged practices.
- PinkRay’s Easy Detox Try doing the Weekend Cleanse, and always keep a positive outlook even though the weather contradicts your mood.