The recent change of seasons doesn't just mean colder temperatures and shorter days. It means oversized clothes that cover trouble spots, and meals that deliver comfort and warmth. Both of which are known to yield winter weight gain.
During the summer, our bodies are more of a focus. We're wearing fewer clothes, we want to feel comfortable taking the kids to the beach or pool, and our appetites are decreased. High temperatures are the reason we crave lighter fare such as fish, grilled chicken and salads.
But falling temperatures (like the ones we saw this week) changes it all. In an effort to keep our bodies warm, our metabolism is increased. That's all great, except that it also boosts our hunger sensors. We want more food and we want food that fills.
Suddenly, heavy meals such as lasagna, beef stroganoff and baked potatoes smothered in chili and cheese make their way to the dinner table. Not that anyone is complaining, because let's face it, those foods are amazing.
But combine those comfort meals with sweaters and comfortable leggings and you're suddenly outlining a weight loss resolution for the new year.
But you and your family can start right away feeling better than ever. Follow these five tips to stay looking fabulous this winter.
For the rest of this story, go to Kindal Boyle's blog on Lowcountry Parent.
Many people try to eat lighter after gaining weight during the winter months.×
Beach walkers are wrapped up against the cooler weather during a stroll on Sullivanís Island.×
Keep hydrated in the winter to keep your metabolism going and avoid bloating.×
Walkers start early to get the most out of their exercise.×
This photo provided by Under Armour shows a pair of the company's workout sweatpants. Workout clothes, long relegated to the far end of the closet, are fast becoming a basic wardrobe staple. Everything from neon bras to CrossFit knee socks are becoming hip to wear outside the gym. Spending on activewear is outpacing general spending on clothing: the figure jumped 7 percent between 2013 and 2012 to $31.61 billion, while total clothing spending rose just 2 percent to $200.78 billion. (AP Photo/Under Armour)×