How to Avoid the “Winter Cravings”

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How to Avoid the “Winter Cravings”

Woman binge eating french fries, mouth full of food

You worked hard to get your “summer body” into shape, and enjoyed it all season long at the beach or pool. Now, as the weather cools down, you know that your “winter body” lurks… at the drive-through, on grocery store shelves, and especially on the buffet table at holiday parties.

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to work so hard to attain a “summer body” next spring? In fact, yo-yo dieting is actually harmful to your health, so you should be avoiding large weight fluctuations anyway. Follow these three tips to avoid winter cravings, and maintain your weight loss throughout the year.

Subvert your body’s cravings system. We crave certain foods during cooler months, because the quick energy we receive from sugar-laden carbs provides a quick boost of warmth. But instead of giving in to those cravings, you can give your body what it wants in a healthier way. Try veggie soups and hot teas instead of cookies and lattes.

Recognize the emotional connection. We’re often tempted to overeat at holiday gatherings, because sharing food can help us form emotional connections. People have different methods of addressing this problem, and you might have to experiment to figure out what works for you. Some fill up on healthy foods before attending parties. Others keep their hands busy with a card game, throwing darts, or some other activity that allows for bonding without snacking. Some people simply stay away from the buffet table.

The point is to recognize that food often fills an emotional need, either for connection or avoidance of anxiety, and to address your needs in the way that makes sense for you.

Avoid the winter blues. Often we give in to cravings because of winter depression. Be proactive against seasonal mood shifts by fighting those feelings before they begin. Stay active socially, maintain your workout schedule, and see a counselor if past winters have been rough on you.

There are many triggers during this time of year, that can contribute to weight gain. But by reading this article, you’ve already taken a major step to combat seasonal weight gain. For more expert help battling your winter body, call our office to schedule an appointment. We can help with medical weight loss advice that is uniquely suited to help you reach your goals.