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10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds This Winter

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10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds This Winter

Don’t ruin all of the progress you have made and let yourself fall off track this winter. Staying in shape during the cooler months is just as important. If you stop exercising now, you will only make it more difficult to start with your fitness routine again, come the warmer months.

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Kristin Kirkpatrick, Lose It! advisor and nutrition expert, says that nutrition is extremely important when it comes to losing weight. She explains that you should increase your fiber intake because “it is more difficult for your body to break down fiber, keeping you fuller for longer,” and it would be wise to skip fat-free foods.

Get enough sleep, eat healthy high-fat foods, stop drinking your calories, and make sure that you keep track of what you’re eating.

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Hibernate

“Cold winter weather is meant for hibernation,” Kristin Kirkpatrick, Lose It! advisor and nutrition expert says, “so take advantage of this!” Lack of sleep makes it difficult to resist your sweet tooth. “This is due to the reward centers in our brain being more active when we’re tired than when we’re well rested, she adds. “To curb cravings, catch up on those zzz’s. The National Sleep Foundation recommends at 7-9 hours for people ages 18-64.”

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Scale Your Hunger

“Look at your hunger like a scale, with 1 being willing to eat off a subway floor, and 10 being going into labor with a food baby, Kirkpatrick says. “You don’t want to eat until you are full; you want to eat until you’re no longer hungry – between a 4 and 7 on the hunger scale.”

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Increase Your Fiber Intake

“It is more difficult for your body to break down fiber, keeping you fuller for longer,” Kirkpatrick says. “Plus, foods with lots of fiber have higher volume and fewer calories, allowing you to eat more ‘bulk’ without blowing through your calorie budget.”

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Talk to Yourself

When you’re bored, thirsty or stressed it’s easy to munch on snacks even if you truly aren’t hungry, Kirkpatrick says. “Before you grab a handful of pretzels, take a few minutes to ask yourself if you're truly hungry. The answer may surprise you!”

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Change Your Routine

In order to lose weight you have to make some changes to how you typically do things. “Keep healthy snacks on you and in sight so you won’t be tempted to grab something from a vending machine when you’re hungry,” Kirkpatrick says.

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Skip Fat-Free Foods

"Fat-free sounds like a blessing, but really it’s a curse,” Kirkpatrick says. “To make something fat free, the manufacturer must replace fat with sugar. More sugar means more calories, so try to steer clear of any deceiving labels!”

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Be Real

“Try to make sure 90 percent of your diet is made up of real food, Kirkpatrick says. “Real food can be considered to be anything that comes from nature or was fed from nature. Be as real as the food you eat.”

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Chew Your Calories

Kirkpatrick stresses the importance of choosing your calorie consumption wisely. She explains that “by cutting out your daily Frappuccino or soda you can save between 500 to 700 calories a day.”

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Eat In

“Depending on how often you eat, you can save up to 1,000 calories a day by making all your meals at home,” Kirkpatrick says. “Portion sizes at restaurants are typically larger and higher in fat and sugar. The best way to really control what you eat is to cook for yourself.”

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Keep Track

Kirkpatrick believes that the best way to really lose weight is to keep track of what you’re eating. “The app Lose It! is the perfect way to log what you are eating to reach your goal weight,” she explains. “Their new Snap It feature makes doing so even easier by simply taking a photo of your meal to log it and get the calorie count.”

10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds This Winter