Are you battling the dreaded winter weight?

Most of us find it difficult to not gain a
few kilos over the colder months as our body tries to warm itself with a little
more padding.

Also the cold weather tends to have us
looking for warming comfort foods that can be much higher in fats and sugars
than our summer food choices

Try these tips to help with the battle

  • Take care with food

If it is not in
the house you cannot indulge

Resist the
temptation to buy cakes, puddings, chocolate bars, hot chocolate mixes –if you
fancy one of these just buy an individual serve so there is none leftover

  • Be mindful of serving

The temptation is
to serve larger portions as the cold sets in

Dishes such as
curries and casseroles that are easy to eat tend to be eaten quickly and thus
in larger quantities

-Check the size
of your plate-choose a smaller size,

-make these soft
dishes a little less easy to eat by adding steamed greens,

-ensure they are
served really hot,-

all of these
should help slow you down and thus eat less

  • Watch out with winter puddings

The old chocolate
fudge pudd,or steamed jam pudd will add the kilos,quick fast

If the family
requests the old favourites serve yourself a very small portion ,and eat slowly
to savour every mouthful

Don’t fall into
the habit of regular pudding making- 1/week at most!

  • Are you drinking
    enough water
    ?-cold weather often means reduced
    water intake

Infact sometimes
we eat when when we are actually thirsty and it is water we need not food

Aim to drink at
least 1 litre of water each day

-warm water or
even herbal tea is great for those who do not like cold drinks

-taking a water
bottle with you and sipping while driving, at your desk, or while walking helps
you meet your water target

  • Don’t forget the

Colder mornings
and darker late afternoons can mean less exercise

Actually winter
is a time we need to keep exercise levels up, not only to keep warm but to
balance those extra winter foods we eat

Try to keep you
exercise routine going, aim for exercise at least every second day and consider
perhaps a gym or a class than is held indoors so cold and daylight do not
matter-or just get out of bed when the alarm goes,instead of snuggling back
under the covers!

If you manage to
loos weight over winter congratulations!

Weight maintenance
is also ok-certainly better than a weight gain!

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