Quick Tips to Avoid Winter “Padding”

snowmanFor Weight Watchers members working to lose weight or maintain the weight they’ve already lost, winter might appear challenging.

There are a lot of reasons: the frigid weather gives us an easy excuse for not getting outside for our workout or meeting, higher PointsPlus value comfort foods have more of a tendency to cry out to us and we’re more apt to put on bulkier clothing. (Sweats and big sweaters can trick us from feeling (and seeing) any extra weight that we might put on.)

Once we start putting on winter weight, it’s not as easy as our Snuggie to take off.

Like any other challenges we face that stop us from reaching our goals, we have to face them head-on by changing our behavior.

To avoid winter padding, keep these things in mind:

  • Eat lots of power foods.
  • Limit comfort foods and if you are going to prepare them, substitute lower PointsPlus value ingredients where you can and practice portion-control
  • Find a way to get in a good workout daily. It doesn’t matter if you layer clothes and exercise outside, if you workout in the comfort of your own home or go the gym.
  • Wear clothes that are more form-fitting.
  • Attend your weekly Weight Watchers meeting. You need the camaraderie, accountability and the support…..we all do!
  • Be mindful of the hot beverages you’re drinking to keep warm. Those lattes, cappuccinos and hot cocoas can really add up.
  • Get a good night’s rest.  It sounds like a cliché but Columbia University researchers found that people who get less than 5 hours of sleep are 50 percent more likely to be obese than those who sleep 7 to 9 hours a night.