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You CAN Lose Weight in the Winter!

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAAs the New Year approaches, most of us have a resolution to lose weight. Unfortunately, this is a very hard resolution to keep. In fact, most who make it also quit after a month or so. It is hard to lose weight in the winter.

We are actually programmed to eat more in the winter. This keeps our bodies warmer. It's also darker and cold and this can make us lazy. Snow, dark, and cold weather make it challenging to stay motivated.

Most people are less active in the winter. Combine that with eating more carb-filled comfort foods and this leads to weight gain not weight loss. Many people also affected by the lack of daylight, which can also lead to eating more high carb, high fat foods…or snacks. When energy is low and food intake is normal or increased, we gain weight easily.

The problem is basically this. We eat more calories in the winter than we burn. Sounds like it is an easy problem to fix right? But, for most people it isn't as easy as it sounds.  But, the right high-carb foods -complex carbohydrates- are high in fiber and low in fat so they keep you feeling full longer. Examples are potatoes, wholegrain bread, wholegrain rice and cereal, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid simple carbs like chips, cookies and other sweet and salty snacks. These foods make us feel hungry faster so we eat more, more often.

But, exercise is important when you want to lose weight in the winter. If you don’t burn more calories than you eat you won't lose weight. Don’t let the cold and the snow cause you to exercise less. Get a gym membership. Personal trainers will create a personalize exercise plan for you to help you meet you fitness goals. Health clubs offer all types of group exercise classes so you won’t ever get bored with your work-out regimen. Also, gyms are social. You will see friends and other exercisers who have the same goals as you. This helps you stay motivated and helps you have fun while you lose weight. Building muscle is the only way to boost your metabolism and burn calories even at rest.

Remember, spring will eventually arrive. You still have time to lose winter weight and keep it off. For more information on winter weight loss tips, contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury.

Winter Weight Loss: Gym, Metabolism and Physical Activity Make the Difference

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAWhy is it so difficult to lose weight in the winter? There is science behind physical activity, metabolism, and how they relate to weight loss (and gain) in cold weather.

Consider physical activity in the winter

There are 3500 calories in one pound of fat—so, to lose one pound of weight per week, we must cut out or burn an average of 500 calories each day. While it is possible to eliminate 500 calories from your diet, most individuals find it more enjoyable to use a combination of physical activity along with diet restriction in order to cut these calories. As a basic guide, you can assume that by exercising for 60 minutes per day at a moderate to high intensity, you can burn between 300 and 500 calories. That means you only need to cut 200 (and sometimes even fewer) calories from your diet in order to achieve the goal of losing one pound per week.

Obviously, being physically active is an easy way to achieve and maintain weight loss. But, in the winter months, when it is cold, icy and snowy outside, it can be difficult or even impossible to exercise. Shorter days make you feel tired earlier, preventing a trip to the gym. And, it's just so cold out, you can't bear the idea of heading to your usual yoga class. The lack of regular physical activity in the winter definitely contributes to higher levels of weight gain during the winter months.

Metabolism in Winter and Weight Loss

Now, let's consider how your metabolism acts in the winter and how this affects weight loss. The metabolism is the part of the body that burns food; it also is essential to make sure the body is running efficiently. During cold weather, our metabolism is what helps to keep us warm. Without it, our core temperature would drop. By working harder, the metabolism is burning more calories.

So, the science behind the question dictates that we should actually lose weight during winter months. Our metabolism is revved, and is burning more calories than in warmer months. However, our inability to maintain physical activity level results in fewer calories being burned, and more pounds being packed on. Find a way to get yourself to the gym every day, no matter what. It will help you maintain your weight loss goals!

For more information on winter weight loss, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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