Winter Weight Loss

Healthier Ways to Hibernate This Winter

The frigid weather and shorter days may make you want to hide out until spring. Here’s how to give into that instinct without packing on pounds

Stay hydrated

You may not crave a gulp of cool water this time of year, but you still need it, especially because the air tends to be dryer. “While you’re not sweaty, you still lose moisture through your skin,” Thayer says. If the thought of an ice-cold glass of water makes you shiver, opt for water at room temperature or sip a cup of herbal tea, which can be a great, low-calorie way to get your daily dose of H2O. The Institute of Medicine recommends about 9 cups of fluids a day for women and 13 cups for men. In addition to supporting your overall health, research has indicated that drinking water can facilitate weight management. “When you fill up on a no-calorie beverage, you may not feel like eating as much,” Frechman says. Research has shown that people who drank water before meals consumed about 75 to 90 fewer calories during their meal than individuals who did not start with a glass of water. Plus, when hunger pangs hit, you might really be thirsty and not hungry, so before you reach for a snack, try quelling your appetite with a glass of water first.

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