How to: avoid winter weight gain
It’s getting a little frosty, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I’ve very happily started digging out my cozy jumpers, warm beanies and over-sized scarves. I’ve also (a bit too happily) started indulging in the foods that are, what some might call, perfect for the colder weather. Foods like pastas and creamy soups, and toasty warm potato wedges. Uh oh. You and I both know that if I keep going on this path, well, it’s a recipe for disaster. Especially considering that the colder the weather gets, the lower the motivation to get out and exercise.
So what do we (yes, we. I know you’re not all saints) do about this? How do we keep ourselves from packing on the kilos when all we want is high-fat comfort food? IsoWhey’s resident nutritionist and the ‘good chef’ from Channel Ten’s Good Chef, Bad Chef, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has some excellent (like really excellent) tips on the matter. Tips that don’t include “pretend it’s summer and just eat salad all day”.
TIPS FOR AVOIDING WINTER WEIGHT GAIN
1. Embrace the light. Sunlight, that is. Natural light actually helps your mood as it increases the levels of serotonin in your brain, which can help control your food cravings. Zoe’s tip: make the time to go for a morning or lunchtime walk to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D (and upping your serotonin).
2. Fill up with protein. Protein helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, meaning you’ll be more likely to stay away from those comfort foods. So things like a nice meaty steak, or a giant piece of salmon (not in a creamy pasta sauce though!) make for great meal options.
3. Drink hot chocolate. Yes, you heard Zoe. Drink. Hot. Chocolate. Namely, IsoWhey’s guilt-free hot chocolate. Not only will it help curb your chocolate craving and keep you nice and toasty, but it’s also only 21 calories per serve. If that’s not a reason to rejoice, I don’t know what is.
4. Keep moving. Incidental exercise is a great way to keep your heart rate up and help you burn calories. Things like cleaning your house, taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalators, or even parking two blocks further than you usually would are great ways to get extra movement in your day.
5. But don’t forget actual exercise. Zoe recommends aiming for three to four hours of exercise a day. Just kidding. She recommends that for a week. That’s only about half an hour a day. This will help you burn off any excess calories just in case you’ve indulged in, say, some pizza or pasta.
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