I don’t know about you, but I had a really active summer. My daughter and I spent a lot of time outside, I started running in the mornings, I tried some of these fantastic at-home cardio workouts, I broke a sweat doing these ab workouts, and I even gave some of these at-home yoga workouts for busy moms a try.

But once the weather started to get colder, I found I wasn’t moving around as much, and even though I have gotten myself back into a pretty decent workout routine, the extra pounds I gained at the beginning of the school year just haven’t wanted to budge.

So I started thinking of all of the weight loss tips I’ve learned over the years, and with a few small changes on my part (think: more sleep, water, and time on our bathroom scale), I am finally getting back to the size I’m most comfortable with.

Beautiful woman is measuring her waist isolated on white

And since I know I’m not the only person who struggles with weight gain, especially when the weather is cold and miserable, I couldn’t resist sharing these simple tips to help you lose weight, too!

1. Get more sleep

I always lose weight when we travel, even though I eat more and spend zero time at the gym. I always assumed this was because I wasn’t sitting on this darn computer all night long, but then I read this article about sleep and weight gain, and it suddenly makes sense!

2. Eat breakfast.

My dad ALWAYS insisted we eat a well-balanced breakfast, whereas my mother prefers to skip lunch and breakfast and eat a huge dinner. And guess what? My dad’s strategy ALWAYS works better. Of course, the jury is still out on the link between eating breakfast and losing weight, but experience has proven (to me anyway) that skipping breakfast makes you more likely to overeat later in the day, which contributes to weight gain. For me, anyway!

3. Drink a glass of water before each meal

After watching a friend down a glass of ice water before dinner one night a few weeks ago in an effort to prevent herself from overeating, I decided to give it a go and see if it made a difference, and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did it prevent me from polishing off my entire serving of pumpkin ravioli (as I’m known to do), but it also helped me feel less bloated when I got home that night. I’ve been downing a glass before every meal since, and I am amazed at the results!

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