Prepare For Winter Weight Gain NOW (Infographic)

I know what you’re thinking.

No, not because I used those funky 1-900 numbers back in the 90s and sat up until the wee hours of the night hangin’ with Dionne and her psychic friends either (I really didn’t do that).

It’s just that the title of this article may seem a bit odd considering it’s June and here I am talking about winter weight gain.

But see, there’s a reason for this.

It may be the beginning of the summer now, but you and I both know that before long, it’ll be time to start preparing for the holidays.

I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by already.

Time is flying. I’m awed by this and it shows me that regardless of how far away something appears, it’s much closer than you think.

I have little doubt there are several people out there still dealing with the effects of winter weight gain. And to my credibility, this isn’t the first time I’ve addressed this issue well in advance.

Last year I wrote a post for Formulated Fitness talking about holiday weight gain several months ahead of time because I know how it goes when the festivities are among us.

Not to mention, we still have several holidays throughout the year that involve indulging ourselves with fattening food. It doesn’t have to be cold outside, nor does it need to be the holiday season for us to pack on the extra pounds.

So with this in mind, I thought I’d go ahead and share this info with you now.

Think about how you’d like to handle things later by creating a plan of action now.

It also helps to get yourself on track before events and holidays show up because when you’ve already started a routine or a mindset, it’s much easier to keep it going when the time comes to use the tools you’ve acquired.

I’ve Been There…

Speaking from personal experience, I started my weight loss efforts many years ago in March. I knew that if I were already accustomed to eating for optimal health and working out regularly, I’d be well prepared for the holidays, even though they were still seemingly far away.

By the time October/ November showed up, I was in great shape.

I wasn’t tempted by my surroundings because I had become what I set out to be early in the year. When New Year’s Day came around, I was able to go on about my day and start the year without the pressure of a weight loss goal. I appreciated that immensely, and still do to this day.

You can do the same thing.

So whether this is about winter weight gain or not, heed the advice dispensed here. You’ll be thankful you did.

And just keep one more thing in mind…

Some people may hibernate in the winter months, but others do the same when it comes to the extreme heat of the summer.

Below, you’ll see caloric values in things like turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, but understand there are plenty of calories in cheeseburgers, chili dogs, potato salad and a few (or more) beers.

Know that regardless of what time of the year it is, there will always be a reason to celebrate something. People visit, get married, graduate and hold reunions and other parties.

We also get together for people’s birthdays, vacations and other events.

Even going to a restaurant provides opportunities to overdo it. I covered this topic in my post about staying on track while celebrating.

It’s just a good idea to be mindful about how to enjoy the festivities without losing track of your health.

The ideas in the following infographic can be used regardless of which extreme weather you’re dealing with, so keep that in mind and think about being in great shape later by being good to yourself now.

Prepare For Winter Weight Gain NOW (Infographic)

 

Prevent Hibernation Mode: How to Put the Brakes on Winter Weight Gain
“Prevent Hibernation Mode” on Health Perch

Can you see how this makes sense? How will you prepare in advance for winter weight gain?

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Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

6 thoughts on “Prepare For Winter Weight Gain NOW (Infographic)

  • at 6:39 pm
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    Hi Dana. I think it’s a great idea to create the habits now that can get your through the feasting holidays. You definitely aren’t going to create good habits if you wait until Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner. It’s a lot easier when there isn’t as much social eating pressure. I enjoyed the infographic and shared it to Pinterest.

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    • at 9:27 pm
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      Hey Ben,

      Yes, I have found the best way to go through the holidays or any extreme weather circumstances is to have healthy habits already set firmly in place.

      It’s the path of least resistance.

      I’m glad you liked the infographic. Love using those once in a while.
      I appreciate the share as well – and I hope you’ve had a good start to your week 🙂

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  • at 12:06 pm
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    Hi Dana,

    I usually put a pound or two on during the winter. I don’t eat the holiday food, but It happens lol. Maybe I do eat more often…

    But this past winter was killer for weight gain. I am still trying to work it off a little at a time. So..Indeed…It is wise to have that mindset of getting ready for winter weight. The infographic looks like it is on point.

    And of course…rewards are great. It is the only thing that keeps me going, especially a cute little dress.

    -Donna

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    • at 3:35 pm
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      Hi Donna,

      Yep, the holidays are tough to get through without putting on extra weight. It’s the time where most overindulge and when we’re dealing with extreme weather (as I know you did this past winter), it makes it even tougher because you don’t want to get outside.

      The infographic focuses on winter holidays, but we have so many holidays and other celebrations through the year, as far as I’m concerned, it’s info that makes sense all year round.

      I know you’ve gotten outside lately and walked, so that’s great. Walking is one of the best exercises there is, so as long as you’re consistent (and enjoying it), you’ll be fine. 🙂

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  • at 2:46 pm
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    Hey Dana,

    Thanks for the awareness! I know some people do put on winter weight because they are more active in the summer months. Personally, I stay about the same throughout the year, putting on maybe a pound or two in the summer because I despise the heat.

    I love this infographic. It has some pretty great tips!

    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

    B

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    • at 6:15 pm
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      Hey Bren,

      Glad you liked the post.

      I enjoy using infographics sometimes. They’re so colorful – they add personality to the message.

      Yep – I think it’s good to be aware of how to prepare for events and such in advance. It’s cool that your weight doesn’t fluctuate throughout the year, but I know a lot of people yo-yo back and forth. When the winter months come around, it feels like this huge mountain to climb regarding weight, so it’s a good idea to take note and act early on.

      My weekend has been great. Nice and quiet – just the way I like it.
      Hope yours has been a good one as well 🙂

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