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How to keep losing weight during winter

Updated on October 17, 2011

It takes willpower.

Many of us dread winter because of the weight gain that goes along with the colder months. And, of course with the cold winter months comes the Holidays. Holidays are wonderful, don't get me wrong, but the goodies, Oh my, they are about 15 pounds of weight gain every year.

You have to have willpower. Willpower works in all parts of life. We use it all the time. From walking into that meeting we don't want to go to, to standing up for yourself, it takes willpower. Eating right, sometimes takes willpower.

Take willpower and put it with these tips on how to lose weight in the winter months, and you won't be "scrambling" to get in shape next spring....You will already be there.

You can lose weight this winter if you follow these tips for decreasing your winter weight gain:

Say no to winter comfort foods:

Winter is the time to break out with those winter comfort foods such as hot chocolate, stuffing and pie. Say no! to these winter comfort foods and the weight will continue to come off. It's hard, but you can do it!

Stay on your low calorie diet that you follow in the summer months. If you really feel the need to splurge and dig in to some of the comfort food of winter, continue to count calories and take off those calories you ate from another part of your diet.

Don't punish yourself. If you did have something that you weren't suppose to have, stop, take a step back, and begin again on your diet. You can do it if you plan for events.

Move your exercise routine inside:

With the cold winter months comes a decrease in outdoor exercise. Snowstorms, icestorms and freezing cold temperatures make it impossible to continue with your outside exercise routine. Don't let it stop your routine altogether.

Take your routine inside. Exercise to the latest video, take up yoga or invest in an ellipticle machine. You can stay warm and comfortable and still continue to lose weight. Invite a friend or two over to exercise with!

You may want to join a gym and take a fun class with your friends. There are many gyms around the country that have inexpensive memberships or classes for you to continue to exercise all year long.

Vamp up your exercise plan:

Increase your exercise to compensate for those winter goodies you can't say no to. The only way to keep weight loss going is to lose those calories that you have added through exercise. Exercise burns calories and the more exercise you do, the more calories you will burn. That's a simple fact.

Take it outside on good days:

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't go outside at all. When the weather lets up, put on your gear and take your exercise routine back outside. Enjoy some badly needed sunshine and boost your endorphins at the same time.

Get plenty of sleep:

Studies show that lack of sleep or not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain. Sleeping eight hours a night can go a long ways in helping you keep your weight down in winter months.

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you have to ditch your diet plan. Keep on eating the healthiest foods, say no to most holiday goodies. When you do indulge, indulge lightly and negate the calories you have added elsewhere.

If you keep to your daily maximum calorie intake and vamp up your exercise plan, you will come into spring looking and feeling great.

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