When it’s cold and windy outside, it is all too easy to get a little lazy and want to stay inside, avoiding exercise and eating comfort foods.
Given a choice, hearty soups and warming roasts easily win over salad, but this time of year it can be very easy to gain several extra kilos and if weight gain occurs each year, it can creep up without you really noticing.
Fit, fabulous summer bodies start in winter. Now is the time to break bad habits and build new ones. Leave the extra kilos in the cupboard with the winter doona when you pack it away at the end of winter.
You’ll be well and truly ready for summer with a few helpful tips to set you on a good path.
- Planning is a key factor in any health, weight or lifestyle change. Being well prepared gives you the best chance of achieving your desired results. Plan how many and what exercise sessions you aim to achieve for the coming week. Plan your meals at the start of the week, so you are ready with ingredients rather than being tempted with unhealthy choices in the supermarket. Freeze nutritious meals so you have healthy options ready on nights when you have been too busy to cook rather than reaching for the takeaway menu.
- Serving smaller portions can make a difference. The notion of ‘finish everything on your plate’ has been ingrained in many people from an early age and can be a tough one to break. If there is less on the plate, there is less to finish.
- Have active catch-ups with friends. Think about what you do when you catch up with friends and family, so often it revolves around food – meeting for a meal, coffee or drinks. Change things up and meet up for a bush walk or try out a casual dance or gym class. It’s okay to have a coffee, but try not undo all your good work by ordering something with more energy than you just burnt.
- Seven or eight hours of sleeps helps the body rest and reenergise, but it’s also really important for your metabolism. Lack of sleep affects your hunger hormones. Studies show that people how get inadequate sleep or spend more than two days sleep deprived experience changes in these hormones and are more susceptible to weight gain.
- Five serves of vegetables daily. Not nearly enough of us are eating the recommended serves of vegetables on a daily basis. Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals and contain fibre to help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Pad out any meal with vegetables to help you achieve the results you desire.