Weight Loss And The Fall Season

In the fall, especially here in the north of the United States, things start to change quickly as the fall approaches.  As daylight time wanes, the leaves start to change color, plant life in general is beginning to go dormant and cease growing.  This is natures way of getting ready for winter and a season of cold weather, short days, and long nights.  The animals are all busy storing fat in their bodies to make sure that they have ample energy and protection for the long winter ahead.

Believe it or not, we are not so different ourselves when it comes to weight loss and exercise in the fall and winter seasons.  Even though we live in a day and age where we no longer have to “worry” about surviving a long winter in a cave or unheated cabin, our bodies are still programmed to react to the change in seasons and will try to put you in a mode to “store fat for the winter season” and we may struggle a bit more with our weight loss goals during this period.  We also tend to be a little

As always, there are ways to keep this moving and keep your metabolism elevated by reducing calories, increasing your exercise amounts, and making sure you are eating smaller and more frequent meals.  Above all be patient.  With one pound weight loss techniques, you must always keep in mind that we are looking for life long habit change and not quick weight loss anyway.  If we slow to a crawl so be it, because we know what we are doing is the right thing for our bodies and health and the weight loss will resume on it’s own over time.

Make sure that you are not cheating too much either.  Here in the north, outdoor activity naturally becomes less because of the daylight available and the weather in general.  If you don’t have the exercise equipment in your home and you can afford it, you may want to consider doing so.  If the price bothers you, you can stay with simple equipment such a dumbbell’s, workout balls, stretch bands, etc.  You can always use tapes and DVDs for aerobics if you don’t have a treadmill, and walking in place to music can always be done to your favorite radio station or iPod music.

Make sure you keep you food diary up to date as this is probably more important than ever to help assure that you are increasing your calorie intake as the winter progresses.  Tracking this as always will help you know what adjustments to make while you await spring to be able to resume your outdoor activities and exercise routines.  Even though we receive a lot of snow where I live, I still prefer to walk outdoors.  Except for days that the snow is simply too deep, I will try to maintain my daily walks that way, but you need to do what works best for you. 

If slipping or falling is something that simply is too dangerous for you to consider, then you definately need to consider some of the suggestions I made ealier in the this post.  For us in the north, the most beautiful part of the year is the fall.  As the leaves turn to thier bright yellows and reds, we need to remind ourselves that we don’t need to go “dormant” this time of year and that we can continue on our paths to permanent weight loss that was “one pound ago”

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