Keeping the Pounds Off During the Winter Months | Body and Soul

Keeping the Pounds Off During the Winter Months | Body and Soul

Published November 9, 2009

( -- Congratulations sisters! You’ve done the work and dropped the weight. Unfortunately, the hardest part for us as Black women is still yet to come: keeping off the pounds. One of the biggest challenges that we experience is maintaining our new weight once our target goal has been achieved. It’s easy to fall off that wagon and takes strength and commitment to keep going. The task at hand becomes even more difficult to carry out when executing it during the winter months. To help you through the hard times, here are some quick tips that may make the road ahead a little bit easier to travel.

Merry Mornings - A study conducted by the National Weight Control Registry showed that those of us who worked to keep the pounds off succeeded better if we ate a morning meal. So no matter how busy you are, take time to eat a bowl of cereal and start your day out right. It may help to curb later hunger binges.

Eat Your Calories - One of the biggest mistakes we can make is indulging in high calorie drinks. Even good-for-you juices contain a large amount of calories and will leave you feeling less-than-full. So next time you reach for a mocha latte, stop and think whether you wouldn’t be more fulfilled with a glass of ice cold water and a nutritious meal.

Make A Schedule - In this day in age, everyone is busy and the ugly truth is there isn’t always time to workout. In order to avoid messy schedules that leave little time for exercise, make sure to pencil in a session at a certain time and date. This way, you’ll be more likely to follow through with your exercise plans.

Have Fun - You’re not going to follow through with something you don’t enjoy doing. Remember: exercise is supposed to be fun! That means if you dread climbing aboard the treadmill day after day, you’ll be less and less likely to follow through. Instead, plan on an exercise that you enjoy and will be likely to continue into the future. With all the different choices available in exercise videos, gyms and classes, you’ll have more than enough choices to discover something you truly have fun working at!


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Written by Nicole Smith, BDO Staff Writer


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