5 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight Over Winter

5 Ways to Lose Weight from PGX If the winter marks the time of year where you’re more likely to stay indoors and drink hot chocolate by the fire rather than exercise, it might be time to learn to love snowshoeing, overhaul your diet, and borrow a dog. Read on for 5 healthy ways to lose weight over winter.

1. Make Exercise Fun!

Many of us find it difficult to exercise for exercise’s sake, meaning that over the cooler months we pack on the pounds, lose some of our fitness, and feel more sluggish and unhealthy.

Rather than concentrating on what the weighing scale says, focus on having fun and staying active and soon you’ll stop seeing your skis as a guilt-trip and start seeing them as your passport to fun! All it takes is a little change of mindset, so to avoid unhealthy weight gain and stay healthy and fit over winter, how about:

  • Exercising to socialize! Start a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing club with friends old and new!
  • Finding out of the way hot-springs that you have to hike into – the perfect reward for your efforts!
  • Getting the right equipment – if you have gear that’s a pain to use, you won’t use it, so invest in your success!
  • Signing up as a volunteer dog-walker at your local shelter – or taking your friends’ pups on hikes if you can’t commit full-time to an animal companion
  • Checking out your local community center for badminton, tennis, squash, swimming or indoor volleyball opportunities – you’ll be in great shape for beach volleyball!

Of course, it’s not all about exercise, especially as it can be tempting to indulge in warming comfort foods in winter. Pies, puddings, and other hearty fare typically contain an excess of calories from simple carbohydrates and fats and, added to the excess alcohol and treats that you’re likely to consume over the festive period, this can see you starting out the new year with a few more pounds than you might like.

2. Try Plant Proteins

One great way to stay in shape over winter is to try plant proteins. Vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, legumes and seeds are all great sources of protein and, unlike meat and dairy, plant proteins are accompanied by fibre, phytonutrients and healthy fats, in addition to essential vitamins and minerals.

Some great choices include:

  • Quinoa – 8g of protein per cup, excellent added to salads and baked goods
  • Buckwheat – 6g of protein per cup, a great substitute for regular flour
  • Hempseed – 10g of protein per 2 tbsps, great for salads, yoghurts, cookies, and smoothies
  • Chia seed – 4g of protein per 2 tbsps, add to salads, smoothies and desserts
  • Rice and beans – 7g of protein per cup
  • Spirulina – 4g of protein per tbsp, add to smoothies and energy bars

3. Know Your Nuts

Many weight-loss articles say to eat nuts as a health snack, but there are so many types of nut available and they can have wildly different calorie counts.

For example, 200 calories equals:

  • 8 walnuts
  • 10 macadamia nuts
  • 10 pecans
  • 22 cashews
  • 22 peanuts
  • 29 almonds
  • 62 pistachios

So, when you’re snacking on nuts, mix it up so you get a good intake of nutrients from a variety of nuts, but don’t go overboard on calories.

4. Substitute High Calorie for Low Calorie, Nutrient Dense Foods

Cutting calories can quickly lead to a cut in essential nutrients, so it pays to learn some handy substitutions that mean you’re still getting the vitamins and minerals you need but without the surplus energy.

Some great nutritious replacements to consider include:

  • Cacao nibs for chocolate chips
  • Chia seeds for butter in baking – 2-3 tbsps chia soaked in a cup of water for 15 mins can replace a cup of butter
  • Mashed banana (1 cup) for a cup of oil or butter
  • 1 cup pureed avocado for 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce for 1 cup sugar (ideal for oatmeal cookies, just reduce the rest of the liquid by about a 1/4 cup)

5. Increase Fibre and Water Intake

Our wintertime food cravings are often the result of dehydration as many of us forget to drink enough water over the cooler months. Staying hydrated with herbal teas, mulled apple juice (in moderation), and warm water with lemon slices can help take the edge off hunger as well as help keep metabolism working nicely.

Along with drinking enough water, a good intake of fibre can also help combat food cravings. To help you feel full while cutting calories increase your fibre intake by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, pulses, legumes, and whole grains. You can also add PGX to your morning oatmeal or cereal, as well as in soups and stews, or simply mix it with a glass of water or juice and you’ll get that same satisfied feeling of fullness but with significantly fewer calories.

*Remember to drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX.

 

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8 Steps to Weight Loss

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Maybe you’ve been hitting the gym religiously and cutting calories left, right, and center. More likely you’ve abandoned that unsustainable juice cleanse and those uninspiring workouts are already a distant memory. We’ve all been there – set intentions with the best of, well, intentions, only to realize we might have pointed ourselves in the wrong direction. Luckily, it’s never too late to course correct!

If you’re serious about your weight loss goals, here’s how to focus your resolution – and actually achieve it:

  1. Do your homework. I know, not the most exciting way to start the year. But doing a little extra work up front will lay the groundwork for successful weight loss. Keep a food diary and be sure to include physical activity (yes, there’s an app – or ten – for that). This will reveal patterns – and show you where there’s room for improvement.
  1. Set your goals. Think tangible goals. You may have “lose 20 lbs” in mind, but as a goal, it’s big and scary – and almost impossible to achieve. Instead, opt for a goal with measurable progress. “Add a plate of greens a day” is more achievable than “Eat more veggies”, and “Join an eight-week aerobics class” is better than “exercise more”. Sure, they might lead up to that end goal of significant weight loss – but now you’ve got a road map.
  1. Think beyond weight loss. You look great now, and we’re sure your loved ones agree. Trouble is, you don’t feel Health is about more than shedding a few pounds. Put increased energy, better sleep, and reduced stress on your list of goals.
  1. Write it down. You’ll feel more accountable if you have a visual reference, and it’s a great way to formalize your intention.
  1. Plan ahead. Does it seem as though there’s an office birthday – with cake – almost every week? Those treats are hard to resist. The best way to keep your weight loss goals from being sidetracked by the unexpected is to eliminate it. Keep snacks, such as fresh veggies, nuts, or PGX Satisfast™ Protein bars, in your bag to pre-empt snacking temptations, and plan your week’s meals in advance so you’ll never be caught with your hand in the cookie jar.
  1. Balance your blood sugar. Once you’re on the blood sugar roller coaster, it’s tough to get off – but it can be the key to healthy weight loss. Adding PGX to your healthy weight loss plan can help lower the glycemic index of foods and curb cravings that get in the way of your goals.
  1. Track your progress. Think the homework ended at step 1? Keep up your food and exercise diary – it’s the best way (short of stepping on the scale) you have to track your progress. At the end of each month, look back on earlier stages of the diary to see where you’ve improved – and what pesky patterns remain to be broken.
  1. Make room for mistakes. If you do fall off your health wagon, don’t abandon the wagon entirely. We all need the space to make mistakes – it’s how we grow. Don’t let that forbidden piece of chocolate become your excuse to quit.

Your number one resolution should always be to show love for yourself and the people around you. Surround yourself with positive, inspiring people and ideas and the rest will flow.

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*Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX.

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