Cheffypants and Holistic Health Guru Andrea Beaman on why winter weight loss is so damn challenging. Check out the orignal post here!:
Take “Weight Loss” OFF your Resolution List
A long time ago, in a mindset far, far away, I made the same resolution year after year: must lose ten pounds!
Starting January first I gave it my all. I joined the gym and got on that blasted stair-master every day, for forty-five minutes. Surely this was the way to lose those dreaded ten pounds.
I increased the amount of fruits and salads I was eating – lunch and dinner for sure, and sometimes at breakfast, too. This was certainly the way to lose that weight – it’s what all the dieting experts recommended.
And, it worked! My pants felt looser; I was lighter in both mind and body. Woo hoo! Three to five pounds gone in the blink of an eye. My new trimmer butt did the happy dance!
Unfortunately, two or three weeks into my weight loss resolution, I began failing miserably. I started having wild cravings! Sometimes eating a half a jar of peanut butter or an entire box of crackers in one sitting. I couldn’t understand why.
And, within a couple of months after my New Year’s resolution, I was a little bit chubbier than when I had first started.
Blasted big butts, Batman! What kind of evil spell had been cast upon me that I couldn’t take it off and keep it off? Every, single, year!
I had good intentions, just like everyone else that commits to losing weight at the onset of the New Year does. But, what happened?
Well for starters, I didn’t have what many folks don’t have when they begin a weight loss regimen in the middle of winter, nature and the environment on our side.
The human body, and the external environment it lives in, are intimately connected. Even though we may not consciously realize it. Our pineal gland, the small gland the size of a pea that sits in the middle of our brain, receives information from the outside environment (sun, light, atmospheric changes), and sends messages to our endocrine system.
In the middle of winter (for those of you that live in a cold climate like I do), our beautiful body is designed to store fat, slow metabolism and sleep longer, as a protective measure to keep us alive.
When we begin exercising more, restricting calories and fats, and eating “cooling” warm-weather foods like salads and fruits in the middle of winter, we send the body mixed messages and the wrong type of nutrition.
So what does the body do? Well, it simply does what it is designed too … it thinks it’s going to starve so it stores more fat.
Combining cold weather plus cold foods (salads and fruits) makes the body feel overall colder, slowing metabolism even more.
As fate would have it, when our internal environment of the body gets too cold we may wind up with a cold, flu, other respiratory ailment, or kidney trouble and/or Adrenal Fatigue.
Instead of resolving to “lose weight” during the winter months, when it is counter intuitive to our health, here are some other diet and lifestyle behaviors to ensure you can thrive throughout the long, cold days.
Choose seasonal food: this includes hearty soups and stews prepared with organic root veggies (carrots, parsnips, potatoes, rutabaga, turnips, onions and garlic), hearty greens (kale, cabbage, collards), and naturally raised pastured meat, bones and fats. Depending on where you live, a Hearty Beef Stew or Lamb Stew may be much better suited for your body than a watermelon and cucumber salad.
Chew your food: chewing food helps us digest more of it. That means we would get more nutritional value from eating less quantity of food if we actually take the time to chew. This simple behavioral modification could help you start losing any excess weight you may have accumulated over the years, and still keep your body balanced and healthy throughout every season.
Do something you love: there are more areas to fill up inside of us besides the belly. Fill up your heart and fill up your mind, and you’ll soon discover the desire for overeating is greatly reduced or eliminated entirely.
As soon as the weather begins warming up again in the Spring, the body should easily begin shedding the winter pounds (as long as you haven’t stored extra fat over the winter by dieting). When the time comes in March start a Spring Cleanse to help support the body’s natural cleansing and weight loss process.
Until then… Have a happy, healthy and delicious New Year!
Interesting stuff, huh? I need to strategize..