Whether you’ve been working hard all summer for that perfect Beach Bod or simply finding that the heat has suppressed your appetite and now the enemy ‘Winter’ is firmly on its way! Freezing temperatures force you to stay inside, where you shovel heaps of high-fat comfort foods down your throat. Before you know it, you’ve gained 5kg and your New Year’s resolution will have you shackled to a treadmill. Weight gain in Winter is no myth! Unfortunately it’s driven by Biology and most of us gain between 3 and 4 pounds during the colder months. Do not fear you can combat this and remain slim and trim for Spring.
Personal Training is clearly an exceptional way of keeping off those creeping pounds! It is proven that you are 100% more likely to succeed with a trainer keeping you on track and providing you with the correct exercises to achieve maximum success in the shortest time. I have devised a few new payment plans for those of you who have felt the purse strings tighten after those summer trips!
Email me at Amanda@bellabello.co.uk to see if I can work out an affordable Personal Training plan for you this winter! I have written a short article below to aid you with your Winter Workout and Eating plan.
There are lots of culprits for Winter Weight gain, but cold is the No.1 suspect. When temperatures drop, we spend more time inside. Our metabolisms slow down and we pack on the pounds. During the winter, we forgo low-calorie snacks for prepackaged, high-fat delights like Crisps, Biscuits and Cakes. The lack of Sunlight also contributes to low energy levels and in turn makes us reach for those carbohydrates, fats and sugars to combat those feelings.
Some doctors believe that we’re genetically programmed to gain weight when it gets chilly. Fat of course is a great insulator and does a great job of keeping you warm, however we now have central heating for that and most of all we want to look and feel good under our layers of Winter Clothes.
How to Fight that Winter Wobble
1.Stay active – Exercise is undoubtedly your best weapon. Weight training will do a lot to keep your metabolism ticking over! So try and focus on a routine that focuses on your biggest muscles, they burn more calories than any other part of your body. Keep up the Cardio, aim to do at least 20-30 mins every day. This doesn’t have to be a flat out Sprint, mix it up with Interval and Fartlek training, this is great when you’re feeling low on energy!
2. Get some sun – It may be chilly outside but get outside on those crisp sunlit mornings! Walk to work instead of the tube and soak up that much needed Vitamin D and boost your mood. This will make you less likely to turn to comfort food.
3. Eat well – Fill your self up with those chunky winter Vegetables. Plenty of winter crops are low in fat and calories, like squash, swede, Brocolli and cauliflower. They’re also filling, which will help you say no to that fourth roast Potato! No doubt in Winter you are faced by large Sunday Roasts and Family meals. When you’re faced with this, don’t deny yourself, you’ll only find yourself reaching for that cold roast potatoe later. Instead, load your plate with protein and vegetables. Take only small tastes of high-fat, high-calorie dishes like gravy, and stuffing.
4. Winter Boozing – It’ll be tempting to those toe warming drinks. Mulled Wine, Brandy dare I say it eggnog! Alcohol contains a lot of empty calories which in turn further slow down your metabolism. Stick to your Vodka Soda’s or Slimlines, equally as warming but you won’t find that spare tire creeping on!
Staying active during the colder months means that those bowls of nuts and mince pies you find yourself reaching for will not be so detrimental to your weight. Lack of exercise will affect your health and mood, and will add those few extra pounds you don’t need.