There’s a saying you may have seen making the rounds on social media: “Winter is when summer bodies are made.” After all, when you eat comfort food and procrastinate on your diet plans and goals, you won’t have a swimsuit-ready body come summertime. You can avoid this by keeping your health a priority all year long. There are plenty of weight loss options you can adopt this winter – and six months from now, they’ll be second nature and you’ll be swimsuit-ready.
Yes, it’s tempting to curl up and hibernate during winter and early spring, but that’s no reason to let your exercise plans fall by the wayside. Sometimes a little creativity is all it takes to stay on track. If it’s too cool or unpleasant to walk outside, drive to the nearest mall and walk around inside. Focus on moving throughout the day: dancing while doing chores, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing squats during TV commercials. Wearing a pedometer will serve as a reminder to make exercise a priority. Aim for 10,000 steps a day, then find a way to reach that goal. This sort of activity is what creates a healthy lifestyle, one where fitness and health is a matter of fact rather than an exception to the rule.
Keep trying new healthy recipes
Don’t wait for spring to lighten up your diet. Even if you’re dying for comfort food – and who isn’t from time to time? – there are plenty of ways to create delicious and healthy alternatives. You can check out the recipes on the BMI of Texas Pinterest boards for dozens of ideas to get you started.
Leave out the alcohol
The holidays are filled with endless drink options, including cheery beers, delightful martinis and specialty shots. It’s easy to forget that these drinks are full of empty calories. Another point to keep in mind is that alcohol increases your appetite, causing you to eat more food than your body actually needs. Step away from the yummy alcoholic drinks this winter and save yourself the calories and headache, literally.
Get quality sleep
The more sleep you get prior to midnight, the better you’ll feel. Turning in early will improve your concentration, elevate your mood, allow your brain to function better, enhance your physical appearance and help you to lose weight. So turn off the TV and close the laptop a little earlier in the evening, then reap the benefits.
Of course, these points are just the tip of the iceberg. The qualified weight loss doctors at our weight loss clinic can help you create a personalized plan that will work with your unique chemistry and lifestyle.