Your Winter Weight Loss Guide |  Herald Community Newspapers

Your Winter Weight Loss Guide | Herald Community Newspapers

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– In winter, it seems that life goes slower in different ways. Maybe it’s because we need a break after the busy holiday season or because we have a natural urge to “sleep” when the days are short and the weather outside is cold. But the truth is, the best time to get started on your weight loss goals is now so you stay on track all year long.

The good news: you can enjoy the comfort food that makes you feel cozy when the weather outside is awful AND still lose weight. Courtney McCormick, MPH, RDN, LDN, Manager, Clinical Research & Nutrition at Nutrisystem, offers these tips to serve as a guide to winter weight loss.

Focus on protein: Protein is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and a key to weight loss. “Protein helps with satiety and by including some protein at every meal and snack occasion, it can help you stay full longer and can help prevent hunger and cravings,” McCormick says. Look for high-protein meals, such as Nutrisystems’ new premium meals, which contain up to 30 grams in each meal.

Provide fuel for your winter training: Exercising outdoors in the winter can be refreshing and even fun. Fast walking will warm you up quickly. Shoveling snow not only warms you up, but it also works on your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), tones your muscles and burns more than 200 calories in half an hour (average for a person at 155 pounds).

Eat your favorite meals: Winter is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite comfort foods like soup or pasta. Weight loss plans like Nutrisystem offer restaurant favorites that are perfectly portioned for half the calories of eateries so you can enjoy it without guilt. Think creamy tomato soup in café style or roasted ravioli in bistro style.

Do not go for it alone: Achieving the goals you have set for yourself is so much easier when you have a support system. The best people to have on your team when you are trying to lose weight are the ones who sit down to daily meals with you. Even better, your chances of reaching and maintaining your weight loss goal increase dramatically if another person in your household takes you on the journey. If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow plan to stay on track, choose Nutrisystem’s Partner Plan.

Nutrient strength: Winter conditions can put extra stress on our bodies, so we need a constant supply of the essential nutrients to stay healthy and strong. Vitamin D plays a key role in metabolism, but we need exposure to sunlight for our bodies to produce it. Vitamin C gives our immune system a potent boost, which is especially important during the cold and flu season. Look for foods rich in these vitamins, such as salmon or milk for vitamin D and broccoli, strawberries and kiwi for vitamin C.

Remember that your weight loss goals are more than achievable this winter if you are geared with the right tips, tricks and tools. Visit leaf.nutrisystem.com for more great information and other ideas that can help boost your success this year.

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