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3 Best Practices for Winter Weight Loss & Wellness

Sara Gottfried, OB/GYN, MD, a Harvard Integrative Physician and the author of The Hormone Cure, shared this advice by Alexandra Jamieson, CHHC, AADP, an author, holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach, detox expert, chef, and “cravings whisperer.” She has been seen on Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, CNN, Fox News, USA Today, and People Magazine. Alex was the co-star and creator of the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me and The Great American Detox Diet and the creator of The Winter Cleanse . Please visit to learn more.

Come January 1st, a lot of people will picked a new weight loss plan, plunked down a bunch of money for a new gym membership, and gave their all to transform their bodies. And most people, despite their best intentions, will end up struggling and ultimately missing the mark.

But that doesn’t have to be you – not this year.

See, what they don’t know is that losing weight in the cold, dark months requires a very different set of foods than in light, summer months. The best kept secret about easy winter weight loss? You can drop the pounds and boost your energy in a tasty, natural way that relies on your best guide: your body.

Most diet plans focus on freshly pressed vegetable juices, fruits, salads, and raw foods that are actually too cooling for the body in cold winter months.

The human body has evolved with the seasons to eat heavily during the fall harvest and keep weight on the winter to protect from the cold and lack of food. Too many cooling, out-of-season foods make you tired, cold and cranky. If you’ve tried a juice cleanse in the winter before, you’ll know what I mean.

Your body naturally craves warming soups, like the recipe below, cooked foods, and the right fats to protect its organs and skin from biting winds, freezing temperature, and less sunlight.An effective winter cleanse will help you feel strong, satisfied and warm while helping you drop the extra pounds.

Here are my tops 3 tips for cleansing in winter:


Eat the right fats to help your body soak up vitamins A, D and E, and for a healthy nervous system. That means when you eat the right fats, your mood is better. Eat a variety of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and the right saturated fats this winter, but avoid hydrogenated and trans fats that lurk in processed foods.

Include wild caught salmon and anchovies, olives, olive oil, almonds, avocados, walnuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds, grass-fed butter, organic clarified butter, and unrefined coconut oil. Stay away from “vegetable” oil, soy, corn, and canola oils.

There are good studies that show eating unrefined coconut oil, rich in medium-chain-fatty-acids, with meals can boost body temperature and metabolism, helping to avoid the metabolic slow-down associated with winter dieting.