Sticking to a healthy eating or a fitness regimen is rarely easy during the colder months, although it’s the key to a successful weight loss. And as the mercury plunges to bone-chilling degree Celsius, it becomes difficult for the majority of people to keep up with their fat loss program. But, if you’re really trying to shed a few pounds, it’s important to know that winter is an ideal, perhaps, the best season to do so
Research has shown that a little time spent in the cold can help you slim down naturally and lose weight. This is largely due to the fact that cold weather increases the body’s production of ‘brown fat’, known as the ‘good fat’, which helps you burn more calories and eradicate harmful ‘white fat’ from the body.
Put simply, the cooler months can help you cleanse your organs, boost your energy, and drop the weight in a holistic, natural way as well as keep the weight off in the long run – and the outcomes could be far better when you know how to make smart choices. So, make your weight loss easy with simple changes to your daily habits. Here’s how:
Keep track of your activity
You may not know, but wintertime is a perfect time to wear your activity tracker – a device that measures your steps, heart rate, sleep and other basic fitness parameters. Even if you are not able to stick with your workout plan, try to get 10,000 steps a day.
Load your plate with protein-rich foods
Turns out, a diet high in protein is just what you need to reach your weight loss goal. You need protein to keep you feel full for a longer period and maintain your happy weight. Protein can also help stabilise blood sugar levels. However, opt for protein sources that are nutrient-rich and lower in saturated fat and calories, such as lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans, low-fat dairy, soy, nuts, and seeds, etc.
Choose your carbs smartly
The problem is that our modern-day staples like white bread, white rice, potato and many kinds of cereal are low in fiber and refined foods that are digested and absorbed quickly. This makes them easy to over-consume as they don’t fill you up. Choosing your carbs wisely can help you lose weight, boost your health and boost your energy. Focus on carbs that satiate such as vegetables, or those with protein and fiber – like beans and dairy.