When the leaves change into beautiful fall colors and the cool, crisp air has us putting on a sweater, we instinctively reach out for hot comfort foods and warm drinks…think of hearty beef stew or delicious hot cocoa. Many people don’t count calories or limit their portions during this time; which is how weight slowly begins to creep on.
As the weather becomes cooler, it’s very important to create and stick to a healthy new eating strategy like the one outlined here, so you won’t have to work at taking off any added weight come spring:
1. Make Hydration A Habit - Drinking water regularly and daily is essential, no matter what season it is. During the summer, we never leave home without a bottle of water - but the cooler temperatures trick us into thinking that we don’t need to drink as much. Adding some lemon or berries to your water will give it a little flavor and it may encourage you to drink it more.
2. Eat Smart Carbs - Totally eliminating carbohydrates from your diet isn’t a good idea and neither is consuming too much of the wrong kinds of carbs. The best choice: eating smaller portions of healthier varieties of carbs, such as whole wheat bread and whole grain pasta.
3. Limit Holiday Food - Delicious holiday dishes such as apple pie, baked macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy and vegetables slathered in butter are very high in calories, which will mean extra pounds and an expanded waistline. By limiting your portions, you can still enjoy the taste of traditional holiday foods without consuming too much of them.
4. Invest In Your Fitness - Joining a gym is one of the best investments you can make in yourself this Fall season! Not everyone is motivated to work out when the temperatures drop and most people don’t have the time or space to exercise at home. Visit the gym as often as you can every week. This will help you stay toned, improve your cardiovascular health and stave off unwanted pounds.
5. Have Fruits & Veggies On Hand - Eating plenty of organic vegetables and fruits during the Fall season will boost your immunity and give you more energy to exercise and engage in your favorite physical activities. Not only that, but you can eat more of them to help you feel fuller longer!
6. Be Accountable To Yourself - You’re the only one who can encourage you to exercise regularly and stick to a healthy eating strategy! Relying on friends, family members or your significant other to keep you motivated and help you stay on track won’t help you out in the long run. Your desire for continued health and fitness should come from within.
Following these healthy tips and turning them into habits will help you remain fit and trim this Fall as well as carrying you through the winter months. With a solid plan for healthy eating, exercise and portion control, you’ll be able to slip into that holiday dress and be the belle of the ball!