About 10 years ago I noticed most of my clients losing weight and eating healthfully from the months of March through the end of October.
Then something happens.
In November the days get shorter, the weather is colder (even in California), the holidays are upon us and the body starts to hibernate and want to “hold on.” There is something about the chill in the air that causes us to want more warm “comfort” food.
People aren’t as focused, SAD (seasonal affect disorder) is in full gear and eating healthfully and getting enough exercise becomes more challenging.
We are not bears but somehow the body is not as geared towards letting go and being able to change.
I do believe seasons affect us more than we realize.
My philosophy is this: concentrate on losing weight from March to October – eat as “clean” as you can and get as much exercise/activity as your schedule will allow for.
During the winter months, keep as close to your food plan as you can with as much exercise as is reasonable to keep your weight stable. Stability is the key for the winter. Change is hard, even in the body and honoring the challenges of the season is important.
This is not a get out of jail free card for eating hot fudge sundaes but just the reality of needing to give the body the dignity of change or not for the season to season time of year.