Spring is just around the corner and it is time to shake off the winter blues and get yourself ready for the beach this summer.
While doing your spring cleaning, you pack out your summer clothes and decide to try on some of your favorite outfits as you come across them. But they seem to hug your body a bit more than last time you had them on…
No, your clothes didn’t shrink due to the cold during the winter. So what happened?
It was too cold for exercise…
You are most definitely not alone. Finding the motivation to get up and go out for some exercise when it is almost at freezing point outside can be a tough mountain to climb. Who wants to hit the gym before work when the sun is not even coming out for another 3 hours?
But now the cold doesn’t seem like t could have been THAT bad?!?
The warm embrace of comfort foods
When the temperature is a single digit, the last thing you want is a nice fresh salad. You would much rather go for heavier, ‘heartier’, warming foods. A warm stew or big bowl of pasta sounds much more appetizing.
It is not a bad thing, because eating a good meal can raise your body temperature but it’s important to maintain strict portion control – especially when you are exercising less than normal.
A big cup of coffee…no, HOT CHOCOLATE – is the best thing to start the day with. You might have another one at 11 o’clock; but this time with a few chocolate chip cookies for a mid-morning snack.
A fancy latte from the new coffee shop on the corner is simply the best thing for a lunchtime pick-me-up but have you thought about what all of these are doing to your daily calorie allowance?
These warm treats during the day can quickly develop into a very unhealthy habit.
Fresh produce is hard to find
During the warmer months fresh produce is everywhere. This is because spring and summer are the times when fresh produce is available locally, is easy to find and is generally less expensive. During winter, fresh fruit and veggies may not be as easily available so you have to opt for something else. This something else is often something that is either high in sugar and carbs, or something sort of healthy, but high in calories.
Your metabolism becomes your enemy
A faster metabolism is a good thing, right? Usually, yes. But during winter your metabolism increases in order to keep your body warm. This means that we need more food in order to meet the energy demand that comes along with a higher metabolism. You usually end up eating more calories than even your increased metabolism can handle. So you end up putting on weight despite your increased metabolic rate.
What now? How can I shed the extra kilograms – fast and effective?
The best and most effective way to lose weight is to restrict calorie intake. To consume fewer calories than what you require each day will lead to healthy weight loss.
Download the free Manna Low Calorie meal plans and start shedding your winter weight.
While we might have slipped up a bit during winter, there’s no better time to start turning things around than today. It can be a tough journey trying to shake off those extra kilograms, but small adjustments to your lifestyle can make the transition much easier. Add some daily physical activity or exercise to your daily routine and try the Manna Low GI Shake.
The Manna Low GI Shake is a healthy meal replacement option that is quick, easy and requires little to no planning. Its patented combination of ingredients reduces cravings and keeps you full for longer, making calorie intake an easy to manage part of your weight-loss regime.