How not to gain weight this Winter
If you have indulged over the Easter break, chances are the scales are showing an extra kilo or two and if we are not careful this gradual weight creep that begins at Easter could be as much as 5-7kg come Spring if we are not careful. So if you are keen to not become a victim of Winter weight gain, here are the simple steps to take – now!
Sign up for an event
Few if any of us are feeling motivated come 6am on a cold, rainy Winter morning to go for a walk or get to the gym. So rather than battle mind games for the next few months about making it to training, instead sign up to an upcoming event with some friends or colleagues. This way you can train together, make times to train that suit the shorter days and cooler temperatures and having a clear goal gives something to take your focus of ‘having’ to exercise.
Keep your weekday meals light
Pubs, footy and dinner parties tend to mean heavier, sludgy food – pastry, fried food and warm desserts that pack on the kilos quickly. Before you get into bad habits, make a concerted effort now to keep your meals Monday to Thursday light, utilizing soups, warm salads and grills to help buffer the impact of heavier foods over the weekend.
Choose lighter proteins
An easy way to lighten your calorie load is to choose lighter leaner proteins – white fish, turkey and kangaroo are all inexpensive, nutrient rich ways to slash calories as well as dollars from your food bill. Grilled, made into fish cakes or turkey balls or used as a base for stir fries or casseroles and teamed with plenty of vegetables these proteins will cut your calorie intake significantly.
The anti-diet brigade suggest staying away from the scales but the research has repeatedly shown that regular weighing is the easiest way to help us self-regulate your weight. You do not need to do it every day but a quick check once or twice a month can be the difference between gaining a kilo or two or many more.
Watch the hot drinks
With the exception of tea and a milk coffee or two each day, liquid calories add up especially when they are coming courtesy of Chai Lattes, hot chocolates and jumbo sized coffees. If you are looking to liquids to warm up, fall in love with herbal tea which you can drink plenty of for numerous health benefits minus any calories.