Harder time in the winter months?



  • OddDitty
    OddDitty Posts: 248 Member
    kiela64 wrote: »
    Is anyone else struggling a lot more right now? Any tips from people who have successfully dieted during the winter?

    Not a lot but some. I get cold easy because of my condition and so its tempting to eat more hot foods which are usually more caloric and to drink less cold water.
  • edyedehart
    edyedehart Posts: 3 Member
    Yes I can relate, crave more comfort food in the Winter and the way it gets dark earlier is depressing, still trying to learn ways to cope and not eat, you are not alone
  • kevinbahr5734
    kevinbahr5734 Posts: 1 Member
    Definitely. And with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, it won’t get any better. But, as long as you don’t overdo it, you can get back on track and still enjoy the holiday season.
  • SomeMorr
    SomeMorr Posts: 220 Member
    I am having a hard time getting to sleep early enough to wake up at 5:30 to go to the pool. Time change has messed me up! I should love it, dark early so I can go to bed earlier.. but nope my body is still stuck in DST.
  • MoStacy
    MoStacy Posts: 96 Member
    Ugh! This time of year is so difficult for weight loss; colder, less sunlight, holiday food, hectic schedules... I attempted a big push before Thanksgiving, with a goal of maintaining through Christmas. I will have 35 lbs to lose in 2019. Things that help me:
    • Weekly meal planning
    • Trying to stick to one cheat meal a week
    • Limiting alcohol intake to weekend
    • Tracking my food intake (even when it’s ugly)
    • Exercise 5 times a week
    • Regularly trying on my goal clothes
    • Reaching out to my weight loss peeps

      Hopefully that is some help. I appreciate the dialog and success stories on this site. As Dory likes to say, “ Just keep swimming”... ;)
  • mjrc2
    mjrc2 Posts: 121 Member
    OP thanks for this thread. We just got the first snow of the season today... and I need to move to a warmer climate. I've managed okay today but I thought about food all day! I forget about knitting thanks! I'll have to get mine out! You are not alone for sure!
  • MoStacy
    MoStacy Posts: 96 Member

    Also, posting this on the fridge during the holidays helps...
  • davert123
    davert123 Posts: 1,566 Member
    I struggle in the dark. I get SAD so it slows me down and messes me up. My partial solution is to try and get as active as I can. I go for walks at lunch time and then try and get outside in the evening. Although I do it for psychological reason end up getting fitter and losing a little weight through it :-)
  • allmannerofthings
    allmannerofthings Posts: 829 Member
    If you think you may have SAD go see your doctor. A therapy lamp does help. It is sooo tempting to hibernate when the weather is cold and grey, but I find it helpful to try to get up and outside as many days as possible and as many have said find some daylight time to get out for a walk if possible. I usually go off the rails in November - so I have switched myself to maintenance. Even if I am at maintenance for 3 or 4 months it is better that giving up and gaining it all back.
  • hesn92
    hesn92 Posts: 5,969 Member
    edited November 2018
    I actually don't mind the cold at all. The things i don't like about winter are: I have to scrape my car windows every morning, and it gets dark so early. The darkness is quite depressing.
  • sambugjoebear
    sambugjoebear Posts: 10 Member
    Something that I love about my small town is that from Nov-March our high school offers indoor walking from 5-7pm on weekdays. You might want to see if your community has something similar or could start something if there's enough interest.

    As far as eating goes, I love seasonal flavors (bring on the pumpkin, spices, soups, and stews!). I try to challenge myself on making my favorites a little healthier without sacrificing flavor, otherwise, what's the point? I would rather have one full fat muffin over five nonfat ones if they don't taste good. Sub ground turkey/chicken for beef in recipes, sub at least half of vegetable oil in baked goods for applesauce, etc. If you're on keto, try using almond flour, coconut flour, or carbquick instead of regular flour (or do half and half).