Kick the winter weight gain blues

Struggling to realize that winter is over and it’s not acceptable to have three pieces of cake every night?

Well, we all are. According to TV Personality and fitness coach Sam Wood – all Aussies gain over 3kg in winter (Wood, 2019) – so you are definitely not alone.

There are a few reasons this happens

Firstly, the cold weather makes us lazy. As the sun takes longer to rise and we stop waking up an hour earlier – we admit defeat, turn our alarm off and pull the doona up. There’s no denying that the cold weather puts a damper on our mood and shuns our motivation to even get to the gym in the first place.

Secondly, and most obvious to a lot of us is the fact that winter equates to eating warm, heavy and hearty foods. Soups, cake, hot chocolates you name it – we eat it, often double the amounts in winter. Blankets, bowls, and Netflix are a recipe for disaster!

Thirdly, of course, it’s natural hibernation season – well that’s what we like to tell ourselves anyway. We are naturally inclined to rest, sleep and relax during Winter and that is totally okay!

We know the problem, so now that Spring has sprung how can we get back on track and lose that winter weight?

Firstly, chatting to a health service about getting your diet and exercise regime back on track is often the kick start we need to get back into a healthy routine. If you’re short for time, an online doctor consult could be the way to go. Jump on the phone on your way home from work and the team at Phone Call Doctor can run you through your new spring plan.

Writing down your new routine and setting new alarms (now that it’s warmer – we can get up earlier) is a life changer. Once your routine is on paper, it can help motivate you to get to the gym and you’ll hold yourself accountable. Start adding some HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) to the end of your next work out to knock that stubborn winter weight.

Thirdly, when it comes to your diet, clean out all of the unhealthy, sugary snacks in your pantry. If they aren’t there, you can’t eat them! If you can find time to meal prep before your week starts, you’re more than halfway there. Having meals prepared in advance is one of the most convenient things that you can do to help with weekly stress eating.

It’s spring cleaning time – for your health.

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