Struggling with your weight is always a hard battle. It is, ostensibly, a fight with your own body. Obviously, this can be a struggle a person deals with for years and years.
The winter is the hardest time for those trying to lose weight. The holidays are notoriously dangerous for habitual snackers but the implementation of daylight savings time means less sunlight during the waking hours. For those who work a 9-5 job, the chances of getting out into the sunshine are small. By the time you reach home, the sun is down, making it far less likely that you’re going to go out for a walk in the lack of sunshine means there is less vitamin D in your system. This regulates portions of your brain that stimulate mood and energy. When your body is feeling sluggish, you’re more likely to sit on your sofa after a long day at work and snack.
Winter snacking means winter poundage. This “hibernating” weight can add up very quickly. It’s not possible to make the sun stay out longer to get your outdoor exercise, but it is possible to start eating healthy snack foods.
When you’re at the grocery store this week, try to buy some low fat snacks instead of cookies or chips. Not only will this help cut down the amount of fat intake during the winter months, it will also potentially boost your energy levels. Getting something like whole wheat crackers that are high in protein will boost your energy enough that you might feel like going out for that walk anyway, even if it’s dark and cold.
You can also help boost your mood and healthy eating habits by eating foods high in vitamin D. Fish is one of the only foods that is has a naturally occurring high content of vitamin D, the mood booster! Take some of those whole wheat crackers I mentioned earlier, and use them as a crust for your next halibut dinner. Voila, a meal that is not only healthy for you, but is also high in vitamin D. It’s a win-win.
If you’re someone who is struggling with your weight, the winter months might be a rough time. Try getting out in the sun for a little while each day, even if it’s only for a few minutes to go and grab yourself some lunch. Don’t forget to grab some low fat snacks while you’re out!