Tips on Staying Slim and Trim This Winter

As fans of Game of Thrones already know, winter is coming. Although I really like cold weather, I know that it’s really easy to gain weight during the holiday season. Instead of setting a New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds, experts suggest staying slim and trim. Let’s take a look at several useful tips that will help you avoid gaining weight this winter!

Make an exercise plan and try to stick to it. Most people somehow forget about their workout plans during the holidays. Not to let this happen to you (again), try to schedule your gym sessions like you would do with any regular event or meeting; this way you’ll see it as something fixed that shouldn’t be skipped. If you like snow, go skiing or snowboarding. If you prefer staying at your home sweet home, buy an exercise machine, such as one of the best exercise bikes, treadmills or elliptical machines and be physically active your way.

Keep in mind that, when it comes to weight gain during the holiday season, your worst enemy (after yourself) is alcohol. Although mixed drinks are usually loaded with carbohydrates, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. When you’re drinking alcohol, you risk getting drunk or tipsy which can lead to eating high-calorie foods and/or overeating. The problem with alcohol is that people feel strange when they’re at the party and don’t order a drink. It doesn’t have to be like that. For example, you could order the one alcoholic drink, try to sip it as slowly as possible, and then switch to non-alcoholic drink, such as sparkling water with lime or lemonade. You won’t look and feel weird and you won’t gain weight; it’s a win-win situation.

Talking about party foods, most of them are simple carbohydrates or refined grains. Before going on a holiday event, eat a soup or a salad to feel full; that will prevent you from reaching for high-cal snacks. If you’re attending a sit-down dinner, eat meat and veggies first. People, who can’t say no to sweets, should opt for desserts that are lower in calories, such as pumpkin pie or chestnut puree.