Staying in shape is never harder to do than during the long, cold winter months. Whether you’re knee-deep in snow in Buffalo or freezing cold in chilly Minnesota, the frigid temperatures don’t exactly invite us to go outside and frolic.
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Overall, the brutal weather of winter has a dramatically negative impact on our attempts to lose weight or even maintain weight. But there are six ways to circumvent all of that cold and snow, and get around winter’s obstacles to weight loss…
1. We Tend to Over Eat
Many of the year’s heaviest meals fall between November and April, the unofficial beginning and end of winter. Starting with Thanksgiving in November to Christmas in December, New Year’s Day in January and Easter in March, there are many food challenges along the way.
The key to preventing weight gain is to stay active and load up on vegetables. Most big holiday meals feature at least some veggies–from salad to broccoli and roasted carrots. Make sure your plate is packed with these less offensive food items and cut back on the gravy and mashed potatoes.