Heading Off Winter Weight Gain Before it Gets Started

Must We Gain Weight Every Winter

It's that time of year we all start thinking about putting on a healthy layer of fat, just like the hibernating bears. From a nip in the air to a massive snow and ice storm, there is a palpable difference in the air. We've generally accepted that it is nature's way of helping us provide a little extra winter fat, storing up for the winter, just in case. But how long since you last had a food shortage or had to wait out the winter for your next meal?

This year can be different

Today consider making one small change. When you make a small change, it is easier to handle, you are more likely to incorporate it into your daily life and you are more likely to succeed, than if you try to make a global change to your whole way of being.

Instead of taking something away, start by adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet. Just for today, throw out your rules, if you typically follow a diet that forbids fruit or fresh vegetables because fresh foods are too important to miss. Fresh foods are sweet, satisfying and full of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and other things that your body requires for optimum health.

Choose a few fruits and vegetables you particularly enjoy. This time of year apples are great, citrus fruits, bananas are available year-round. Get some fresh fruits you like and start carrying a food sack everywhere you go. Try little packages of baby carrots, or cut up cauliflower and broccoli. A fellow I know always has a bagful of chopped cauliflower, carrots, and others vegis he munches on. That's smart.

Healthy Snacking

The idea with healthy snacking is that when hunger strikes (or what you think is hunger), no matter where you are you'll now have healthy snacks handy. No more having to buy a candy bar because you're famished. My choices for healthy snacks won't suit everyone, but that's fine. Choose other things that would work better for you. I enjoy things such as jerky, whole grain rolls or bagels, yogurts, and fresh fruits as I mentioned earlier. I almost always have an apple nearby.

It's not that you couldn't wait to eat, but what has forestalling your hunger done for you so far? It tends to set you up for later binging and out-of-control snacking. Eating a few healthy snacks during the day can end that pattern once and for all.

Follow This Plan to Healthier Snacking

Think of one or two fresh foods you could carry in a big or small cooler and then do it. As I'm writing this I'm a little hungry and I'm starting to think about having a snack. I might eat an apple, a banana or some jerky because they are all within my immediate reach. That's far better than not eating anything now, but instead deciding to "wait it out," while I start thinking about cookies and cake and pizza and other fast foods I can grab on the way home.

Going all day in a hungry or denied state sets you up for late night binging and out-of-control snacking. You'll never be able to make up for the earlier deprivation. Why bother. I've never met anyone yet who got fat from eating too much fruit, so be brave and give this idea a chance, and let this be the winter you don't gain weight.

By Kathryn Martyn, Master NLP Practitioner, EFT counselor, author of Changing Beliefs, Your First Step to Permanent Weight Loss, and owner of OneMoreBite-Weightloss.com

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