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3 Ways to Survive the Winter, Without the Weight Gain

1. Celebrate maintenance, not just weight loss.

Research has shown that the average person only gains 1 to 1.5kg during the Winter season. It may not seem like much, but once that kg is on your frame, there’s a good chance it stays there permanently, 1kg a year for the next 10 years, is 10kg of unwanted weight. If that means your goal is to maintain your weight, be OK with that, especially during winter. However if you want to go above and beyond If you’re trying to lose weight, know you’ll have to be extra vigilant with your diet, supplements and exercise plan.

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2. Remember comfort foods in moderation.

There's nothing more comforting than coming home after a long cold winters day to a heavy comforting meal usually consisting of lots of carbohydrates. Some of our most favourite winter foods are lasagne, pasta and pizza, all of these meals are definitely delicious. However contain a huge amount of calories and make you sluggish  and bloated the next morning. There's nothing wrong with enjoying these kinds of foods on weekends as a treat, however your weekly dinner should ideally be high in green vegetables and or salad, with some lean meat or protein source.

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3. Accept slip-ups and move on.

If you ate something you didn’t plan on having that day — like your aunt’s famous lasagne — the best thing you can do is adjust your program and get back on track at your next meal. That might mean trimming your carbs in half at dinner or skipping your evening snack.  If you had a workout planned already for that day, consider increasing the intensity or tacking on 10 more minutes if you can squeeze it in. One meal is not going to break you. It’s not going to make you gain a pound of fat or muscle. Also keep in mind that if you get on the scale and see weight gain, it could be fluid retention from eating salty seasonal foods. Don’t get discouraged by a gain and decide to give up on your weight— start fresh with your next meal.