When the cold weather kicks in and the days get shorter, it's all too easy to become dormant and lazy. Many people find themselves feeling unmotivated when it comes to exercise and turning to high-calorie, high-carb foods as a source of warmth and comfort. Add to that all the fatty meals Americans incorporate into their holiday festivities. To keep your weight loss diet on track during the season, try some of these unexpected health tips:
Catch up on sleep during the weekends
Ideally, you should maintain a steady sleep schedule that involves going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday. However, this is much harder than it sounds and, especially during the busy holidays, you may find yourself missing a few hours of Zs every now and then. To compensate, let yourself sleep in on the weekends - so, if you lose two hours of rest during the week, get an extra hour on both Saturday and Sunday. While you can never quite make up for lost rest, studies have shown that recovering those lost hours can help you regain some alertness and focus lost during sleep deprivation.
Don't punish yourself for overindulging
While you may do your best to stick to your weight loss diet plan, there will more than likely be times when you let yourself eat too much during a family dinner or treat yourself to an extra slice of pie. But don't beat yourself up over it. In fact, according to a study featured in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, people who were able to forgive themselves for a session of overeating were more likely to take responsibility for their diets again and less likely to continue binge eating.