As temperatures fall, evenings come earlier and we trade our swimsuits for sweaters, you may have trouble sticking with your fitness goals. Here are three common autumn obstacles to weight loss, and some strategies to conquer them.
1) Shorter days. When you’re driving home from work in the dark or rushing a child from one after-school activity to the next, it can be hard to find the motivation (and time!) to cook a nutritious dinner or follow an evening workout routine.
What can you do? First, find ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Buy pre-washed and prepared ingredients for your meals and snacks. Stock up on frozen chicken breasts and other lean proteins, and try the deli department’s healthier entree options from time to time. Splurging a little on your grocery bill probably won’t strain your budget—or your belt—as much as dining out or ordering in several times a week.
Second, try to carve out some “me time” in the mornings. As persuasive as the snooze button can be, you may find it’s more rewarding to get an early start—especially if you use the Daylight Savings Time change to your advantage. While the rest of the world falls back to sleep for an extra hour, you could start a slow-cooker dinner or work in some exercise.
2) Seasonal treats and comfort foods. You know it’s fall when the pumpkin lattes start popping up. Between hearty fall soups, hot cider and cocoa, the cookies that start showing up at the office, Halloween candy and—worst of all, Thanksgiving—autumn is one of the seasons we naturally associate with food.
What can you do? Look for low-calorie substitutes for the worst of your fall favorites. If it’s pumpkin you love, good news! Pumpkin is actually high in fiber and vitamins, and can be used in a variety of healthy recipes, not just sugary drinks and pies. Hot teas can take the place of higher-calorie beverages, and there are many weight-loss-friendly soup recipes you can enjoy on cold evenings.
3) Inclement weather. Falling temperatures can put the kibosh on your outdoor exercise routine.
What can you do? Exercise indoors! There are plenty of ways to get a workout without setting foot outside your door. Here are a few summer suggestions that work just as well in winter.
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