Professional Personal Trainer’s Tips On Avoiding Winter Weight Gain

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Samsung, Kmart, Sears. Three companies that just couldn’t stand to let us live out the last weekend of October without holiday commercial sightings. While it’s definitely a joyous time of year, it inevitably comes with that slight feeling of veering off path from our fitness goals, as the holidays are truly about eating all the things. Though puffy layers will soon be abundant, it’s good to keep in mind that they are all part of a seasonal cycle. They too must disappear again, so the best mentality to hold onto during the next few months is: “You don’t have to get fit, if you stay fit”


Keep it Right, Keep it Tight

The mental part is always harder than the physical part. With plenty of days off, huge family dinners, and endless office holiday parties, you’re bound to have some gaps in your nutrition. The trick is maintaining a state of mind that allows you to be flexible with your fun foods intake. It’s like a highway with multiple detours — as long as you always get back on the main road, then you’re making progress towards your destination.

Light at the End of the Gram

This is the off season for fitness competitors and models, so you may notice that instagram is a bit light on scantily clad, chiseled bodies that often serve as motivation for your health goals. While you may not see them, those people are still working hard under the cover of a hoodie, and they will absolutely reemerge around early springtime again. Will you join the ranks of motivators by continuing to work hard through the winter, or will you desperately attempt a spring break shred barely in time to achieve your desired look? You decide!

Look at your List

Most of the junk that we consume comes from foods that aren’t prepared at home. Want to alleviate that stress? Make a list of your holiday shopping goals, and each time you eat out, write the dollar amount spent on the back of your shopping list. This will show you how much money you waste on food that doesn’t serve you well to begin with, and how that money could be put to better use.

Beat the Dreary

It’s darker and, for some us, it’s definitely colder. The motivation to walk around leisurely or even wake earlier to go to the gym is slowly drifting away. There’s an app for that. Or a YouTube video, or a home fitness dvd, or an online retailer full of workout equipment ( You don’t have to leave home to get a workout in, just plan ahead and make your resources accessible without too much thought.