12 Secrets to Finding Your Skinny In the Cold
Posted on January 17 2017
From lovely weekends huddled up in front of the fire to playing in the snow and enjoying the festive mood of winter, there are several things about winter that we all love. But if there is one thing that takes a backseat in the cold - our fitness routine.
Since you tend to stay indoors when the weather is cooler you end up snacking way more than you should. We are all guilty of hitting the ‘snooze’ button and sleeping in for an extra hour rather than hitting the gym or getting into our usual workout routine.
While it may seem harmless, such habits build up and can have a negative effect on your health. It is no fun not being able to fit into your tight jeans or your favorite bandage dress because you weren’t able to keep the extra pounds off in the cold. So this winter, resolve to stay healthy and fit by adopting the right habits. Here are 12 ways to do it.
How to Eat Right
A major part of keeping slim and sexy is to watch what you eat. The cold weather is especially a time when you need to pay attention to your diet. Eating the right foods can keep your body warm and also keep all those pesky winter ailments away. Here are winter foods that experts recommend adding to your diet as the weather cools to keep you in shape.
Whole grains are good for your health at any given time, but they particularly beneficial in the winter because these keep your body warm when the temperatures have dropped and you feel your metabolism at the lowest. Plan to have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast to not only stick to your desired weight but also keep laziness at bay.
Change up the way you enjoy oatmeal to ensure you never tire of the food. Add flavoring like cinnamon or citrus fruits to it for even more gains. Other grains that you should eat in the cold weather include barley, brown rice, and quinoa.
Black bean soup
Any kind of soup is welcome when you are chilled to the bone, but opt for black bean soup if you want to keep fit in the harsh cold. Since black beans are high in copper and iron, having soup made from them boosts your immune system and keeps you healthy without adding calories. There is no saturated fat to worry about (unlike in canned soups), and an average serving will give you approximately 15 grams each of fiber and protein. This helps keeps hunger pangs at bay as well.
This medicinal root used in traditional Indian medicine can do a lot of wonders for your body when you are battling the intense cold and feel the lethargy taking over. Ginger can not only keep you warm but also prevents the many common diseases. It a natural antioxidant and supports good digestive health and your immune system. If you feel a bit of sniffle coming on, a piping hot cup of ginger tea is all you need. Ginger is extremely easy to consume as you can add it in soups, salads, baked goods, or even plain hot water.
Now who does not like to tuck into some steaming, spicy food when you are curled up in front of the TV and craving for some warmth? The good news is that having chili is actually recommended by experts during the winter as the capsaicin in peppers can boost your metabolism while also preventing fat buildup. Moreover, the tomato paste and onions used to make the dish also provides antioxidants. However, keep the amount of meat you consume in check and choose the leaner versions instead of the red meat to stay sexy, slim, and healthy.
Have you ever been just lounging around at home on a cold winter afternoon and feeling between-meal hunger pangs? Grab a handful of your favorite nuts to snack the healthy way. For an even better taste, you can roast them a bit before digging into them. Nuts are foods that keep your body warm and make you feel fuller without tucking into unhealthy options. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews – all kinds are healthy, so you have enough variety too. So keep the bag of chips away and go for nuts to stay toasty and keep your waistline in check.
Yes, you read that right! A cup of steaming hot cocoa is perhaps one of the best memories of winter, and turns out that this liquid comfort food is not as bad for your weight as you thought. However, it is a good idea to leave out the marshmallows and sugary powder mix if you are trying to avoid the calories. Instead, make it yummier by melting a couple of dark chocolate pieces into your almond or regular milk.
What is the one of the only libations you can never go wrong with. Even though the temperatures have dropped and you do not feel as thirsty as during the other seasons, do not forget to keep yourself well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Herbal tea also works excellent if you find yourself struggling to meet the two-liter a day rule.
Exercise Away Those Winter Blues
Unfortunately, just taking care of your diet is not going to give you maximum results when looking to keep trim in the winter. So if you want to remain toned and not pack on some extra pounds this winter, you need to get out from under the covers and get moving. Looking good never comes without any effort, but there are certain ways that can make it easier for you to stick to a fitness routine. Here are a few tips to help you get moving.
Get outside and dress the part
You do not get to breathe in the crisp, fresh winter air throughout the year, so why miss out on it? Something as simple as taking a walk outdoors can not only help with weight loss, but work wonders for your mood too. Go out and enjoy the winter sun to stay fit and happy. If you find your inner couch potato rearing her head, plan ahead about what to wear.
We all love stepping out when dressed for the occasion, so use that for your winter workout routine as well. Pile on the layers in your favorite colors and go around the neighborhood for a refreshing experience.
Workout with a buddy
Motivating yourself to exercise can be boring, so get together with a friend so that you can egg each other on and do not miss out on your workout routine frequently. Whether it is going to the gym, taking a jog, or trying a yoga session at home, having someone to share it with makes the experience much better.
Try new winter activities
Take advantage of the cold weather to try new sports or activities that you would not have the chance to try during the rest of the year. Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, sledding – the options are many. Even a game of snowball fight with the family gets you running and burning the calories. So this winter, sign up for ski lessons with your friends or family and stay fit the fun way.
Carry your gym bag to the office
Winter evenings are not exactly the best time to motivate yourself to hit the gym, particularly after a long day when you want to change into your pajamas and watch TV while lying in bed. If this sounds familiar and has been happening all too often, do not give yourself the chance to get lazy in the comfort of home. Lug your gym bag to work so that you have a constant reminder. Moreover, since you have taken the effort to carry the bag all over with you, you will feel like you might as well use it.
Watch a few Netflix fitness movies
Winter is a great time to invest in those workout videos that you have been planning to, because there are times when moving outside is a pain. Instead of wasting that time, plan an at-home workout session. Get into your gym clothes, switch on Netflix, and exercise by doing any activity that you find enjoyable. Since you will do not have to face the biting cold, you can even use the opportunity to dress sexier and work towards achieving those curves you always wanted.
With these simple diet and fitness tips, you can enjoy cold months and protect your waistline. Now that you know how to make the best of both, go ahead and start reaping the advantages and look your fittest, sexiest best this winter in everything from sexy bandage dresses to skinny jeans.
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