Weight loss tips in Winter

In Winter, people are more inclined to put on weight. Dense foods are comforting, and people seem to eat more and then attempt to lose the extra kilos during Spring when the weather warms up.

It is possible to lose weight during Winter. Swapping more energy-dense foods for a lower energy density can help with this.

Here are some of my tips:

· Swap bread for cruskets

· Enjoy homemade soups or stews with loads of vegetables

· Swap fatty meat sources like steak and mincemeat to lean meats such as reduced-fat mince, kangaroo, chicken breast and fish

· Portion control your meals – measure cereal & aim for ¼ or 1/3 cups depending on your body weight; aim for a palm-sized portion of protein and at least 6 cups of vegetables in two meals per day

· Cut back on quantities of nuts as they are energy-dense and should be consumed in smaller amounts

· Drink lots of water – aim for at least 2 Litres per day. As we age, our bodies confuse our hunger and thirst mechanisms, so you may think you are hungry when you are thirsty.

· Enjoy healthy fats – portion avocado to 1/3 per day and nuts like almonds (~ 8 per day)

· Swap rice for quinoa which is higher in protein

· Swap milky coffee for green tea, which has a fat-burning effect

· Drink more herbal tea, which has a therapeutic effect and adds to water consumption

Other weight loss tips:

· Plan your meals

· Cut takeaway back to once per week or fortnight

· Keep active! Make sure you aim for at least 30-45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day

· Batch-cook soups and stews and freeze portions

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