The moment someone drops the word ‘weight’ in a conversation, almost all of us become aware of our body fat. With our hectic schedule and miserable work-life balance, we all know how much prone we are to weight gain and how it is going to affect us in the long run. Even if we cut down few calories and hit the gym reluctantly to shred those extra pounds, we become sloths when the winter arrives. Almost all of us try to spend our winter days wrapped up in blankets, while our hearts crave for hot chocolates and brownies. It is quite common for us to press the pause button on our workout schedule during the cold days. But we all know the panic mode waiting for us at the end of the road, when the winter will be gone and we will struggle to fit ourselves into the summer clothes that we purchased just the previous year before.
It can surprise many, but winter indeed is the best season for weight loss, since our body will burn calories to keep us warm. In this process, our body tends to lose some weight without even our knowledge. We just need few tricks to keep our metabolism intact and voila!!!, you don’t need to force out your sweats through exercise or by going to the gym.
This article focuses on some easy and interesting ways of losing weight during the winter and let’s take a look at them.
Eating Low-calorie Soup Before Meals
According to a scientific study in Washington D.C, consuming a low-calorie soup just before a meal can refrain you from overindulging, resulting in less calorie consumption. In the research it was proven that participants who took soup before lunch consumed 20 percent less calorie in comparison to those who didn't. However, it is beneficial to choose a low-calorie and broth-based soup and avoid soups that are high in calorie, or cream-based because that will only lead to weight gain.
Since we feel less thirsty during cold days, we can experience dehydration without even our knowledge. Sometimes, what we often describe as 'hunger pangs' are actually symptoms of our body demanding some water, not food. A dehydrated body tends to have a weak metabolic system. So, it is advised to sip on some warm water or some warm herbal teas. Herbal teas will not just pacify and rehydrate your body but will also enhance your metabolism. Drinks like green tea, ginger tea, black tea, kadha, chamomile tea and oolong tea are good for your appetite management and will also further prevent you from overeating.
Increase Protein Intake
Proteins are necessary in our everyday diet as they keep our body healthy and prevent us from gaining weight. Helping us to feel fuller for a longer period of time, protein intake refrains you from consuming sugary, high cholesterol containing foods, especially during winter. Moreover, proteins also help in stabilising blood sugar levels and that could help losing weight gradually.
Take a Walk in the Cold
Taking a walk during the winter feels next to impossible, but it is a good exercise. While you can enjoy the beauty of nature and get some fresh air, walking will shed few calories of yours, especially if you are walking in snow. The restriction of movement in the snow will cause your body to burn more energy even for an easy task like walking. Getting exposed to the cold will make your body shiver and as per a study by Cell Metabolism – a scientific journal in 2014, shivering in cold for 10 to 15 minutes is equivalent of burning about the same calorie as an hour's worth of moderate exercise.