How to Lose Weight in Winter

Winter can be a challenging time to lose weight, with the temptation of sweets and other traditional treats on Halloween and Bonfire Night, through to Christmas and New Year’s Eve with lots of opportunities for socialising.

But all of this doesn’t mean that you can’t stay on track to your goals. There will always be temptations such as birthdays, holidays and anniversaries every year, so you shouldn’t let these distract you from your weight loss journey.

Here are our top tips for supporting your weight loss during winter:

1. Try OPTIFAST Weight Loss Plan

The OPTIFAST diet plans are designed to provide you with the flexibility to enjoy low-calorie meals made using conventional ingredients, alongside our OPTIFAST meal replacement products.

Control your calorie intake by consuming OPTIFAST products alongside eating low-carb conventional meals consisting of minimally processed ingredients on the other days. This will make socialising and eating out easier to factor into your journey, so you can still enjoy all of the celebratory occasions this winter.

2. Plan Ahead

If you know you have social plans or a busy day coming up, try planning ahead so you’re not tempted to go off plan and ruin all the progress you’ve made so far.

If you’re eating out, see if you can look at the menu in advance to weigh up low-calorie options. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can swap chips for a salad or steamed veg.

If you’re hosting friends at home, use our collection of low-calorie recipes for some inspiration and make yourself an indulgent OPTIFAST Chocolate Dessert while everyone else is having pudding.

If you know you’re going to be out all day and surrounded by temptation, such as at a bonfire or a Christmas market, take an OPTIFAST Bar with you. OPTIFAST Bars are a good source of protein and fibre to help keep you feeling full – and a good fix for your sweet tooth too.

Take the time to familiarise yourself with what you can and can’t drink when you’re following an OPTIFAST plan too:

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3. Experiment with Hearty Low-Calorie Recipes

OPTIFAST Soups are a great option on a cold day, but if you’re looking for something warming that’s low in calories and uses conventional ingredients, try one of these hearty recipes:

4. Embrace Indoor Exercise

When it’s too cold and dark to go for your usual walk, jog, or cycle, embrace the indoors, and take a trip to the gym or do some at-home exercises instead.

woman exercising at home

Whether it’s a yoga routine that’s designed to relax and stretch your body or a high-intensity cardio workout, there are so many video workouts and virtual classes you can do from home to keep up your strength, tone your body and support your weight loss journey.

5. Join Our Community (from the Comfort of Your Home)

Join the OPTIFAST closed Facebook group and become part of a welcoming and supportive weight loss community from the warmth and comfort of your own home. Our Facebook group allows you to connect with other people who are also following an OPTIFAST weight loss plan to share tips, advice, support, inspiration and recipes to keep each other motivated.

Make sure you’re also following us on Instagram for even more recipes, top tips and weight loss support.

Health & Nutrition Expert

Health & Nutrition Expert

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