These Excuses Commonly Sabotage Winter Weight Loss Progress
Weight Loss
Morgan Medeiros MSc
January 10, 2019

Winter Weight Loss ExcusesWith the holidays well behind us, you should be well on your way into your effort for winter weight loss.  Everything is easy from now on,right?

Not so fast.

While many of us assume that the end of the holiday season will mark the beginning of seamless weight loss success (Hello New Year’s Goals, goodbye Christmas Cookies!), the reality isn’t so rosy.

Winter can be a difficult season for weight loss, with cold weather driving us all indoors and comfort foods blowing up our social media feeds. Add on bulky winter clothing and it’s easy to hit hibernation mode until spring.

If you’re not seeing the scale budge, you may have found yourself falling into one of these common excuse patterns.

#1. “I’ll burn it off later.”

Let’s be real: winter’s lineup of cozy comfort foods can be difficult to resist. It’s easy to find yourself indulging a little too much a little too often, with those results playing out on the scale.

While it’s tempting to tell yourself that you’ll burn off the Calories later with a grueling workout, it’s way too easy to over consume Calories and way too difficult to burn them off.

#2. “A little won’t hurt.”

Small bites add up fast!

Many of us find ourselves indoor more during the winter season than we do in winter months.

Parked in front of the TV or scrolling through your social media feed, you may find yourself grazing through the evening, justifying small bites and sips with the notion that a little bit won’t hurt.

Unfortunately, even small bites still matter, with a bite here and a bite there eventually adding up to slow weight loss, or even weight gain. If you can’t eat it responsibly, keep it out of the house.

#3. “It’s too cold to exercise!”

Yes, it’s cold! That’s valid for outdoor exercisers.

However, even if you’re a bigger fan of the trail than treadmill, it’s essential that you find an alternative for winter months! Exercising outdoors in arctic conditions isn’t always safe or practical.

Join a gym or studio or become an at-home exerciser. More than just keeping away extra winter blubber, exercising throughout the winter can stave off a serious case of winter “blahs” and keep you cheerful and healthy into spring.

Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).

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