During these colder months from December to February, fitness tips are always at a premium. After all, the days are shorter, the thought of being inside on the couch watching Netflix trumps most outdoor activities and finding the motivation to hit the gym can be difficult. But, suck it up, boys, because Felicia Romero — best-known from her time on the fitness reality TV show, Fit to Fat to Fit, is here to help give us the inspiration we need!
For those unfamiliar with Felicia Romero and/or Fit to Fat to Fit, the series follows trainers as they gain weight under medical supervision, then rejoin their partner to begin a intense four-month weight-loss transformation. Essentially, Felicia packed on the weight and was able to live without (much) worry, only to have to work it all off. Sounds, uh, miserable.
Anyway, considering Felicia Romero overcame such adversity and conquered the challenge in front of her, we figured she'd be a perfect resource for fitness tips to help us survive the winter. Trust us, we understand that sneaking a couple extra cookies when no one's around but you seems harmless, but, after a few months of doing that, go step on the scale and, oh boy, that doesn't seem right.
From fitness tips to advice on how to overcome doubts with appearance for women, Felicia Romero tells us everything we need to know to maintain physical and emotional strength this winter. That's what it's all about, right? Yes, yes it is.
FHM: The Winter's Always (Unfortunately) Prime Season For Packing On Weight, Any Easy Tips To Avoid Doing So?
Felicia Romero: "I've got four, yeah. First, don't keep triggers in the house. I don't keep foods that might trigger me when at home and cold. Second, be happy about maintaining your weight versus trying to lose. Third, have one cookie, not three. It's all about portion control and many people in the winter tend to overeat versus listening to their body. Lastly, exercise, exercise, exercise! Make sure to keep activity high during the winter months and not get too stagnant and cozy inside."
FHM: I Mean, You Voluntarily Put On Weight Only To Lose It For Four Months, So You're Kind Of A Pro At This. Tell Us, What Was It Like To Go Through That, Both Mentally And Physically?
Felicia Romero: "It was so much harder than I thought it would be. At firs, it was fun. I got to eat foods I normally didn't indulge in and got to stop exercising. But, after about a month, I started to deteriorate little by little. I became physically ill, couldn't eat enough to gain weight as fast as they wanted me to, started to develop anxiety, depression, became anti-social and so on. It got to a point where I started to lose myself and was worried if I would ever get myself back."
FHM: What's The Most Important Lesson You Learned From Being On The TV Show, "Fit to Fat to Fit"?
Felicia Romero: "The most important lesson I learned was to never take my health and my ability to be able to workout for granted. I didn't realize how much I appreciated health and fitness until it was taken from me. I learned so much about human nature and how food can, in turn, impact your mind, body and overall well-being. Also, that losing weight isn't so simple and that, to truly change your life, you must change your mindset."
FHM: Would You Ever Put Yourself Through Something So Strenuous Again, Or Is Conquering It One Time Enough?
Felicia Romero: "I don't think I would ever do that again. I'm always up for a challenge, but conquering that once was absolutely enough for me."
Lead image via Instagram/feliciaromero.