Winter is on its way and with it, holiday meals, candy, pies, and temptation at every turn. The weather gets colder and the days get shorter, making it more difficult to get outdoors and easier to stay on the couch. So how can you lose weight in winter? Well, keep in mind there are two key factors in successful weight loss: staying fit AND keeping your hunger levels in check.
Obesity is not a permanent condition. It is a health condition that can be treated effectively with diet, exercise, and other natural interventions. However, the fact is that very few people succeed in losing weight, and an even smaller number keep off the weight that they drop.
Most of us end our year with promising weight loss resolutions and expectations of making better choices and habits, but so often we fall short. Why is that? Well, we enter the new year, weighed down by the turkey and extra helping of cookies, rationalizing our over-indulgence with the promise that we’d drop those pounds come January 1st. A lot of us fizzle out by the time February rolls around, and we’re left with the weight (literally) of guilt.
The New Year brings the promise of new beginnings, and for many people, starting over means the commitment to taking charge of their wellness and living a happier, healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, 30% of all New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by February, according to time-management firm Franklin Covey.
It isn’t easy when you are losing weight and suddenly stop seeing progress. It’s frustrating because you are still doing everything you can to eat the right things and get regular exercise, but you are no longer seeing the results.
According to the CDC, 78.6 million Americans, or over one third of our population, are struggling with obesity. With a plethora of diet plans, a myriad of fitness fads, and exercise machines designed to combat the bulge, how is it that so many people find it so difficult to burn fat or build muscle? While many factors contribute to your ability to rev up your metabolism and drop weight, it turns out that something as simple as the timing of your meals could be making or breaking your weight loss goals.
Many people resolve to lose weight at the beginning of every year. Unfortunately, the majority are unsuccessful with this lifestyle commitment. Here’s some advice.
Weight loss as a New Year’s resolution
Many people fail at their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, 4 out of 5 (81%) aren’t able to keep their resolutions in effect for two years. Losing weight is one of the top New Year’s resolutions, which is reasonable since it directly follows a lot of treats over the holidays. As a specific resolution, losing weight often fails, as indicated by gym membership numbers at the beginning of the year. There are lots of deals on gym memberships in January. Amazingly, 3 in 5 new memberships don’t result in regular gym visits. By March, numbers have bounced back to their typical level.
If you want to lose weight, simple switches to your day-to-day life can work wonders.
Many people struggle with losing weight. Others find that they are able to change their habits and drop pounds in a relatively short window. One of the secrets to success is quite simple: don’t overwhelm yourself. In other words, rather than thinking of weight loss as requiring an overhaul of your food choices and lifestyle habits, focus on one or two aspects of your daily routine that you can improve.
Here are some examples from people around the United States who have succeeded with weight loss.
Many nutritionists and doctors have believed that eating in the middle of the night could work against achieving a healthy weight, but until recently, there wasn’t any hard evidence to back up that perspective. In a study published in December, a Salk Institute team exploring weight gain and weight loss found that mice blocked from eating during certain parts of the day were likely to avoid obesity and metabolic diseases – regardless if their diet was only inconsistently healthy.
Study #1 – fatty diet