by PJ O’Clair
Recent polls in both North America and the UK state that those of us living in cold winter destinations admit to gaining an average of 4 – 5 pounds between the months of November and March. Half of those polled blamed it on the weather, claiming that frigid temps, short days, and dark nights, compel them to nosh on comfort foods which are typically high in calories and laden with fat, sugar and white flour. Others claim that cold temps drive them home after work, not to the gym, therefore missing their workouts. This combination leads to the inevitable rise in numbers on the scale.
What you need to ask yourself is – do I want to be a “poll statistic” or a game changer? I’m guessing, unless you’re anxious to buy a new wardrobe, you might opt to take the game changer role providing if of course it’s manageable and doesn’t deny you of some much needed comfort.
That’s right, it’s not about abstinence from foods you love, it’s about balance. Taking control of the scale simply requires controlling your portions. The key? Eat quality foods in appropriate amounts. How do you know what is appropriate?
Weight loss does not have to be complicated. You can achieve a lean and healthy body without counting calories, following a restricted food plan or making yourself miserable in the gym. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, you will still have to be disciplined. Fat loss, like any life change, often requires trying new things, getting out of comfort zones and swapping old habits for new ones. And when it comes to food portions, size does matter. But you do not need a calculator, a scale, or a calorie-counting app on your smart phone. All you need is your hand and the willingness to try something new.