Despite grappling with it for the last 50,000 years, we never evolved to deal with winter properly. It still pretty much owns us. There’s still the winter flu, the Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the winter weight gain.
We are really not sure how to deal with the first two (a physician can help), but we can definitely help you with your weight constantly tipping off the scale. Here are three more ways to beat the winter weight gain.
Skip The Booze
The fruit cakes and cinnamon rolls are not the only hidden dangers in holiday parties. Another (and less obvious) culprit is the alcohol. Not only liquor is devoid of any nutritional value, it is also loaded with empty calories. And it makes it harder to notice since it comes in liquid form.
That can of beer? 154 calories. A shot of vodka? 97 calories. A glass of whiskey? 105 calories. Wine is the biggest offender here, reaching 123 calories per serving. You are not really helping yourself by skipping the meals and going straight for the booze.
Get Enough Sleep
Not dozing off enough wrecks your body in more ways than you can imagine, and yes, that includes getting you fatter. You see, when you stay up late to catch Craig Ferguson or that marathon of Mad Men, you are raising your insulin lever than normal. This is your body’s way of keeping you alert and awake.
The side-effect? You crave for more carbohydrates even if you are not hungry, making you eat more unnecessarily. Yes, we know, Don Draper is hard to miss, but then again so as that flab in your tummy.
More Proteins and Fats, Less Carbs
Not only does insulin raises carbohydrate cravings, it goes the other way as well. Consumption of carbs raises insulin, making it a vicious, waist line –expanding cycle. To make yourself constantly satiated, consume healthy fats and proteins instead. Your body can metabolize them better, so you won’t have to fear getting bigger.
Always consume meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and nuts, those last two there are the best sources of good fat. And please, as far as the meat is concerned, stay away from the processed kind.