Keep the fat off this winter!

Most of us are shocked in the spring when our bulky jumpers come off and reveal a bit more skin. This winter take action and be pleasantly surprised come the spring.

Eat to satisfy – For some reason we feel it is easier to eat healthy in the summer when the weather is warm. Make the right choices this winter eating food that will leave you feeling satisified. Studies show that foods that leave us feeling fuller longer are high in protein and fibre, these include foods such as: beans, eggs, porridge, and beefsteaks. Foods that are high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and fat are less satisfying and therefore often lead to overeating. Avoid options such as crisps, white bread and sweets.

Eat in season foods – This is a great time of year for British food. In season foods taste nicer, contain more nutrients and helps the local economy. In season now are: mushrooms, kale, butternut squash, beetroot, courgettes, and turnips just to name a few.

Drink water – This is a tough one for most, as we often do not feel like drinking water when the weather is cold, rather we reach for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Avoid these, caffeinated drinks can leave you craving sugary foods. For a nice warm drink try boiling water and adding fresh mint, lemon and a slice of ginger root.

Avoid alcohol – Come winter we tend to spend more time indoors socialising, which often means more time in the pub. Avoid alcohol as often as possible if not altogether. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. That’s a lot when you consider that carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram and fat contains 9 calories per gram. Drink a pint of lager and that’s 200 calories, a small glass of red wine is 85 calories; you get the picture.

Get outside – Exercising outdoors is invigorating. Just ensure you wear bright coloured clothing to keep safe. There’s so much you can do: go for a brisk walk in the park, ride your bike, play tennis, kick the football around the list is endless.

Don’t put it off. Don’t think that you’ll start in the New Year. The New Year is still a couple of months away. Those extra five or ten pounds sneak up quicker than you think.

Come the spring be proud to take off the big jumpers and reveal how great you look!