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Thursday, 4 January 2018

7 Ways To Keep Your Weight Loss On Track When It's Insanely Dark And Cold Outside

Winter weight loss traps
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When you’re trying to slim down, winter can be a tricky time of year to stay on track. ‘Tis the season for every not-so-waistline-friendly landmine to be tossed at your feet—super-heavy comfort foods, calorie-packed beverages, and peppermint-flavored everything, to name a few. Plus, your motivation to exercise tends to plummet the second you unpack your latest collection of bulky sweaters and fuzzy socks.
With the cold weather peer pressuring us to spend more time indoors, eat more, and move less, it’s no surprise that this time of year is famous for tipping the scale in the wrong direction. Just last year, researchers from Cornell University found that our weight starts to climb in October, and peaks roughly 10 days after Christmas.
It’s not so much the amount of weight gained that’s the problem (on average, a 1.3-pound increase during the season), but how long it can take to lose, say the study's researchers. While half of the weight gained by study participants came off soon after the holidays were over, the other half took more than five months to lose. (Talk about a buzzkill!)
But don’t go shopping for elastic waistbands quite yet—just because winter weight gain can happen, it doesn’t mean it has to happen to you. By making a few savvy seasonal adjustments, you can keep your weight-loss goals on track without depriving yourself of your fave wintry treats.
Here, seven expert-backed strategies to help you fend off cold-weather weight gain like a champ:
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