Get It Started This Spring: Exercise and Other Things

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Spring is that time of the year again when the winter snow starts to thaw, the sun is out more and the air is fresh with the scent of new blooms. For many, it’s the perfect time to get started on new routines and activities especially after the long cold winter months. And just as it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning and dusting away the cobwebs, it’s also the perfect time to shed off some of that weight gained from the inactivity of winter.

Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Lose Winter Weight

Studies revealed that most people start putting on some pounds from the time of Thanksgiving up to the New Year. It’s no wonder especially if you’re being served with all those delicious home-cooked meals during the holidays. Couple that with other winter practices including lazing around by the fireplace while sipping hot chocolate, and burrowing under the covers for an extra hour in the morning rather than going out for that early morning jog. You end up with a few extra pounds than you intended.

But it’s not just your eating habits that are causing you to put on some weight. The body generally slows down its metabolic rate during the winter months and goes back to its normal rate during spring. With the warmer temperatures, people tend to go out more and do more stuff. Psychologists say that this feeling is part of the body’s response to the general atmosphere that spring brings and the notion that it represents, that of rebirth and a new beginning.

If anything, the three or four months of spring are just the perfect time for many to get back into shape and tone their bodies in preparation for summer.

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10 Things to Get Started to Lose Winter Weight

 As with New Year’s Resolutions, a spring weight loss campaign requires both discipline and commitment to the task. The key idea is to make sure that you get your metabolism kicking to the fullest.

Eat full meals. This is a universal rule whether you’re on a spring weight loss campaign or on a year-long project to get your body in tip-top shape. More than anything else, make sure you eat real food during your meals. Have enough protein and greens in your meals especially for lunch. Breakfast is also equally important and make sure you get enough carbohydrates and proteins for this meal. Fat is also an important nutrient and the healthy kind of fat to get in your diet is Omega 3, which can be found in fish.

Snack well. One of the secrets to speeding up one’s metabolism is by eating less but frequently. The idea is that the more you eat, the more you put your body at work to digest the food you take in, and consequently, the faster your metabolism gets because of the work out. This is why snacks are an important addition to your eating habit.

You can read more of this article in our April 2014 issue of ModelsMania.