The fall season is now in full swing and many of us have weight loss goals that we want to take care of.
The crispness in the air may have us longing for chunky sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes and cozy nights by the fire—but it also brings a sense of new beginnings. After a summer of fun in the sun, backyard barbecues and drinks on the patio, our bodies are ready for a reset. But how do you find your motivation when fitting into your short shorts and looking your best in your swimsuit isn’t the goal?
Jumpstart Your Weight Loss Goals This Fall
Get back into your routine
Vacations, long weekends and a summer full of travel and visiting will have you all over the map, literally. After a while, our bodies start to crave routine. The fall is the perfect time to implement some new healthy habits that give your body the consistency it needs to change and, more importantly, drop the fat many of us may have gained over the summer.
There is nothing like communing with nature to change your mindset. When my clients are feeling stuck and not motivated, I suggest they try making a habit of going for a walk around the neighbourhood after dinner—or taking a hike in the woods on the weekend—to get motivated. The moderate fall weather means it’s a perfect time to start up a new outdoor routine.
The body needs extra water to detox and the summer heat makes that challenging. As the temperature drops, the amount of water you need to stay hydrated decreases, so it’s perfect timing to keep up your water drinking to promote a natural detox and get the fat out. If you’ve had a summer of fun, there is a lot of detoxing for the body to do.
Switch to fall foods
In the summer, the body works like an air conditioner trying to keep you cool, so it tends to have you craving foods that cool you down when you eat them. Eating lots of fresh fruits and clean salads comes easy when the temperature rises; but when it starts to drop, your cravings change.
In the fall, the body switches over from keeping us cool to trying to keep us warm, and with that comes the need for heartier foods. Sticking to your summer diet is a mistake many people make—they fight the urge to eat the heavier carbs and fatty meats they start craving, leaving the body no choice but to store fat to compensate.
Your body not only craves seasonal foods—it needs them—so embrace things like soups, stews and heartier veggies like squash and sweet potatoes; foods that heat you up when you eat them. The body is very in tune with seasonal changes and it’s important to make the adjustments to maximize your diet plan.
Get more sleep
Your body is wired to be in tune with seasonal change, so getting to bed sooner—and eating dinner a bit earlier—should come naturally in winter’s shorter, darker days.
Eating earlier in winter will improve your sleep too. Here’s why: darkness induces your body to produce melatonin to help you wind down and get ready for sleep—and eating can interrupt this process, preventing you from getting the deep REM sleep your body needs. Remember, sleep is essential to any weight loss program because the body makes changes when you sleep. You may also find you start waking up a bit earlier, which will leave you more time to fit in a workout and have a nutritious breakfast, which will, in turn, stimulate your digestive system and have you burning more calories all day.
Embracing the fall and taking advantage of the body’s need to adjust to the change may be exactly what you need to drop the summer weight. It will set you up for a healthy holiday season and give you a head start on those New Year’s resolutions that you know are coming.
5 Fall Foods To Help You Lose Weight
Super high in weight loss-friendly fibre and polyphenols, apples keep you feeling full and satisfied longer and they help to feed the good bacteria in your gut, which can also benefit metabolic health.
High in vitamin C, folate, potassium and fibre, a cup of these delicious arils can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Pumpkin is low in calories (40 cals per 1/2 cup) and high in fibre, which helps to regulate blood sugar—essential for weight loss. Nutrient-rich pumpkin seeds are also packed with fibre, plus essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, making them the perfect little snack to add to any weight loss program.
Rich in sulphur-containing-nutrients, which are essential for detoxing, these guys are high in vitamins and minerals and also high in protein.
Naturally sweet, these potatoes have their share of carbs but they also help to regulate blood sugar and have a relatively low glycemic rating, meaning they convert to sugar slower when you eat them. Nutrient-rich and high in water and fibre, sweet potatoes keep you satisfied longer.
Loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients, these little berries pack a punch when it comes to vitamin C and fibre. Low in calories, cranberries are well-known for helping prevent urinary tract infections and recent research suggests they may help prevent stomach ulcers, too.
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Gina has been helping people lose weight over 25 years. She understands the struggle to lose weight, because she once weighed over 220 pounds herself. After having lost the weight the first time, she repeated the process 4 more times after the birth of each of her children. Gina recognizes her gift and now focuses her […]Read Bio Read Posts