Many people believe that it is next to not possible to avoid weight gain during winters. If not possible, then it surely is very difficult to stay fit because winter season for the majority of the population begins from November and ends in February or March. It is in these months that all major festivals come, and people celebrate all the festivals with great enthusiasm. Festivals mean food, and I mean a lot of food. Fried foods, sweets and carbonated drinks are consumed in large quantities during festival days. Well, it is hard to avoid such foods when everybody else is eating the same.
There is no point is setting a resolution of losing 10 lbs when you are going to gain 15 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Years. You can enjoy all the festivals without putting up weight. Let us know how that is possible.
1. Schedule your workout and stick to it.
Getting out of bed in winters is one hell of a job. Nobody wants to get out in the open, let alone working out in the gym. It is important to stick to a routine of exercises and workout just like any normal meeting. If you are fond of winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing or sledding, then you should totally get indulged in these sports in order to stay fit. If you don’t like snow, then you can plan for an adventurous boot camp session at your gym.
2. Stay away from alcohol.
Making up mind to achieve an optimum fitness level is a big decision and alcohol can totally ruin it. So, you need to stay away from alcohol because it is going to put brakes on your fitness regime. I totally understand that it is not that easy to get rid of old habits, but you have to make tough decisions if you want to get in shape. Apart from alcohol, you need to avoid carbonated drinks as well, as those contain a lot of carbs and sugars. You can opt for sugar-free drinks such as club soda with lime. Nobody will be able to make out if you were drinking a non-alcoholic drink.
3. Keep a close look on your weight.
Knowing your weight will put you in a better position in terms of maintaining or losing weight. If you check your weight on a daily basis, then you can easily make changes to your diet plan, thus preventing weight gain. Small fluctuations in weight are normal, but you will prevent any big fluctuation for sure. Keeping a track of your weight will also motivate because you will see the changes in your body on your own.
4. Choose the right party foods.
The majority of party foods are simple carbohydrates or refined grains, so instead of having those snack mix, you can opt for low-calorie vegetables or protein-rich shrimp cocktails. If you love eating salads, then you can have a plate of your favorite salads, but avoid adding mayo and those creamy sauces because those will add up to your calorie count. If you are having a party at your place, then you can prepare seafood such as fish, prawns or shrimps, as these foods are low on fats and high on proteins, omega 3, 6 and 9 and Vitamin B12, etc. You can shallow fry a fish, shrimp or prawn in a red copper pan. You can use olive oil, groundnut oil or mustard oil depending upon your taste.
5. Maintain a stock of nutritional snacks.
You should keep some healthy snacks in your bag, car or on your office desk so that when you feel hungry, you can have a healthy snack to satisfy your hunger. Look for protein-packed foods such as beef jerky, unsalted almonds, and other similar snack options. If you haven’t tried Kale, then you must because it is rich in antioxidants. You can make yourself a fruit salad with regular and seasonal fruits such as oranges, apples, kiwis, and bananas, etc.
Whether you gain weight or lose weight depends upon the kind of choices you make. If you follow aforementioned five steps, then you will stay fit for the whole leg of the winter season. Just stick to the right diet plan and stay motivated all the time.
Author Bio: Monica Henin is the author of this blog post. She is an expert of various food-related fields. Her blogs and articles on healthy recipes and food tips are published on numerous reputed websites. Check out more of her work at: Addonkitchen.com