Lose Winter Weight by Spring
With March upon us, spring is just around the corner. After spring comes summer and the inevitable bikini season. If you don’t want to spend another beach, lake or water park trip wearing a cover up, follow these five tips to lose winter weight.
Toss out the refined sugar
Unfortunately, refined sugars lurk in many food labels. According to globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/12/17/2146618/0/en/meticore-reviews-is-this-best-fatburner-supplement-product-review-by-mike-vaughn.html, “Over two-thirds of the refined sugar used in this country is added to manufactured food products. In other words, it’s hidden in many of the things we buy at the supermarket.” Thus, check your bread to see if it contains high fructose corn syrup. Even check to see if sugar is one of the first three ingredients on the package. If it is, then consider switching brands.
Cut out drinks
Try cutting out almost all drinks except water and nonfat milk. Most juice drinks have over 100 calories per eight-ounce serving. A soda has closer to 150 for 12 fluid ounces. According to calorie-counter.net, it takes about 23 minutes of walking to burn off the calories in one can of coca-cola soda. Drinking eight glasses of water a day fills you up and has zero calories. I tried replacing juice with fresh fruit once and lost five pounds in a short amount of time.
Stay to the outside
When shopping for food, try to stay on the outer rim of the store. The perimeter of the store carries healthy foods like fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat. The inside of the store has more carbohydrates and junk food. Let’s face it: soda, chips and cookies are not necessary to live. Lean protein, whole grains and fruits and veggies will help you lose weight.
Have some errands to do? When tasks are only a mile or two away, then try walking. I notice that I lose weight when I walk instead of drive to the park. Even if you are running errands and have to drive, try parking far away from your destination rather than circling the parking lot for a closer spot. Another way to incorporate walking into your day is to go on a family walk. Round up your family or dogs and go on an evening stroll.
According to Cutting TV Time Reduces Weight Gain, “the more time adults spend in front of the television, the more likely they are to suffer from obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Jennifer Otten, PHD. Indeed, television used to be one of the reasons I wouldn’t go to the gym. Thus, cut your cable or at least try exercising while watching T.V. If you have a treadmill or other exercise equipment consider watching T.V while walking. If you are a good at multitasking, then read a book or periodical while walking or on a stationary bike.
Losing weight is all about cutting back but not starving. Even getting a half an hour of exercise a day will help. Follow the above tips and shed that winter weight for springtime.
Healthy Habits: Cut Back on Refined Sugars
Cutting TV Time Reduces Weight Gain Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D