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How to avoid winter weight gain

Summer Bodies Earned in Winter copyI don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not a fan of the winter months.  I don’t particularly like cold weather or being cold.  It gets darker earlier, you’re not exactly feeling like the Energizer Bunny, and all you want to do is throw on a cozy pair of pajamas, bury yourself on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the TV and indulge in some of your favorite winter comfort foods.

The thought of hitting the gym and working up a good sweat and eating the lighter, healthier foods you ate during the spring and summer months just doesn’t appeal to your winter caveman/cavewoman.  Hibernation and sleep seem to want to win out.

It’s no wonder how you can find yourself gaining anywhere from 5 -20 pounds over the winter months. …… that is if you allow yourself to!!

 We all wanna rock a beach body

 During the cold weather months, when we’re feeling flabby and blah, we’re all anxiously awaiting spring and have visions of having a rockin’ beach body when the warmer weather arrives.  Sitting on the sofa eating comfort foods, napping and not getting exercise isn’t going to get you there.

And the truth of the matter is, whether you want to hear this or not, those rockin’ summer bodies you envy at the beach or pool were built over the winter months.

I’m just like you and when it’s dark and cold during the winter months, leaving the confines of my cave is the furthest thing from my mind, but I do pry myself out of my house and hit the gym. 

I know that during the winter months, once the sun goes down and my cavewoman instincts kick in, getting in my workout just “ain’t gonna happen”…. however, I do know that there’s no way I’m not going to workout. 

Here’s my trick  ….. I workout during the day.  Even when I was working a corporate day job, during the cold weather months, I would hit the gym.  During the cold weather months, I know that my energy level is at its peak during the afternoon hours and so I choose the afternoon hours to get my workout in knowing full well that once darkness set in, I feel less energetic, motivated.

Know your body’s own natural rhythm
What do I mean by this?  Be aware of what time of the day you feel your best and have the most energy.  I for one am NOT a morning person regardless of what time of the year it is and for me, working out in the morning is going to be a wasted effort simply because I know from experience that when I do workout in the morning, my strength and energy levels are not up to par, and therefore, my workouts are not nearly as intense as they are later in the day. 

In the winter months, I have found that my body does not adapt well to cold weather, and once the sun goes down, so does my energy levels and I find myself “calling it a day” earlier.  When you go back to our caveman/cavewoman ancestors, they also slept longer hours during the winter months and did all their hunting/gathering during the day.

For me, during the winter months, I find that my “prime” hours for fitness are between the hours of 12—4:00 p.m. and make the most of that window of time to get in my workout.

Eat like a caveman/cavewoman

During the cold, winter months, most of us tend to have a more hearty appetite.  While you still can eat hearty, comfort foods, just like the warmer weather months, it’s all about making better food choices and avoiding packaged, canned and processed foods.  Even if the packaging does say Organic or Gluten-Free.  It’s still processed and is loaded with chemicals and preservatives which contribute to your weight loss resistance.

One resource I use and love when it comes to cooking really great, mouth watering, healthy, six pack ab friendly, delicious meals year round is Anabolic Cooking.  Quite simply, the recipes in there ROCK!!!

Here’s a video of one of my favorite recipes, Fat Burning Chicken Nuggets which definitely appeals to this cavewoman.  Enjoy 😎

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