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:
With intermittent fasting, you can control your calorie intake by consuming only OPTIFAST products on some days, while 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 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:
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.
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.
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