Seasonal weight gain varies from person to person, but certain phenomena during the holiday season tend to tip the scales in a less desirable direction for most.
Surveys show people tend to gain five to seven pounds on average during the winter months, according to Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, founder, and director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center as reported by WebMD. Yikes!
Don’t let worrying about winter weight dampen your holiday fun, though. By being aware of the factors that may put you at risk, you can improve your chances of coming out of the holidays with less guilt and frustration than usual.
Here’s why you usually tend to gain more weight in the winter—and what you can do about it. And for more advice, try out any of the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time to help you stay on course!
1-Too Much Sleep
When the sun is shining and the air is warm in the summer, it’s much easier to hop out of bed and be productive.
However, when the cold takes over and the sun starts setting at 4 p.m., all you want to do sometimes is stay in bed.
“Consider buying proper clothing for the winter that’s comfortable to wear outside so you can get up with the sun and get moving,” says Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition.
For more smart tips to get up and at ’em, take a peek at these ways to motivate yourself for a morning workout!
Baby, it’s cold outside! And if you’re like many of us, you’d rather stay in and curl up by the fire. The cooler weather deters a lot of people from continuing with their active routines.
“I find that clients struggle mostly because they’re not outside as much and access to the outdoors is not as easy.