Unfortunately most Brits begin to see their waistlines widen during autumn as it feels harder than ever to motivate yourself to workout and far too tempting to watch Netflix with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s.
As the cold weather sets in, we often turn to comfort food and booze while ditching our spring diets.
Many people who started trimming down earlier this year in a bid to get a “beach body” in time for summer will be increasingly tempted by naughty treats in the run up to Christmas.
In fact recent research revealed that half of us care less about our bodies in the cooler months and a whopping 40% are set to pile on 5lbs or more throughout the winter.
But so you don’t get stuck in the seasonal trap, diet experts at Neat Nutrition have shared their top weight loss tips to keep you motivated – just in time for Christmas indulgences.
1. New grooves
The start of a new season means it’s time to bump Despactio off your workout playlist and fill it up with some new tunes.
There is a direct emotional link between music and the motivation to exercise. The genres usually associated with this are fast-paced pop, dance and hip hop.
But recent studies have shown that classical music is the answer.
The soothing tunes have been proven to lower stress, while driving feelings of relaxation, resulting in a positive state of mind and lifted mood.
2. Get an object of desire
It is scientifically proven that channelling lust into exercise boosts your expenditure of energy.
Not only this, but another study has proven that 97% of people who hit on someone at the gym are successful, ending in either a date, relationship or hook-up.
Need we say more? Get crushing.
3. Swap your PJs for athleisure
Wouldn’t it be easier to get out of bed in the morning and get in a workout session if you were already dressed?
In actual fact, you are far more likely to exercise in the morning if you sleep in your workout gear.
Yes, it might feel unhygienic, but no one needs to know and it can mean the difference between you getting up and working out, versus hitting snooze and rolling over.
You’ll be showering post-workout anyway, and think of all the time you’ll save wrestling with your Lycra at 6am.
4. The future is orange
Investing in some new gym kit can be the most effective incentive to workout. After all, who doesn’t want to show of a bright new pair of kicks or sculpting leggings?
However, make sure you pick colours wisely, as studies have shown that colours can greatly effect mood, with green being the most calming and yellow being the happiest of colours.
It’s orange that you need to look out for though, proven to be the most motivational colour of them all, building energy, motivation and enthusiasm.
5. Plan a post-workout meal
As many of us are motivated by food, visualising a delicious meal, snack or shake could be the key to getting up and making it through a tough session.
Plan a nice dinner or after a weekend workout, meet friends for a healthy brunch, or if you are on-the-go heading to workout, re-fuel with a protein shake with peanut butter, chocolate and banana.
This tastes like a treat but is really a healthy and effective way to help repair and recover.
6. Create a rewards card
Treat rewards like a coffee club card, whereby each gym session or workout counts as one stamp.
Once you have collected 10 stamps reward yourself with something you really want. Whether this be pizza and ice cream, that new handbag you have had your eye on or tickets to a gig.
Studies have shown that working towards an end goal with a desired reward can be the most effective form of motivation. Not only this, but you’ll feel a great sense of achievement. Go on, you deserve it.