5 diet tips which will help you stay slim and healthy this winter
The winter weight is what most body conscious people dread. Weight gain during the winters is natural. Not only because of the innumerable festivals lined up during this phase of the year but also biologically, as the body tries to keep warm by increasing its fat stores. The cold weather is inviting of fried, warming food that are usually rich in fats. Also, the plethora of rich delicacies during the festivals is generally so tempting, it becomes unavoidable! The workout schedules too go for a toss with festivals and weddings lined back to back, which can unnerve some who worry about putting on weight. But what if we tell you that you can still go about eating your favourite foods without putting on too much weight?
Just remember to include foods in your diet that aid weight-loss and weight management will be easier during winter. Here are a few tricks to avoid piling on kilos this winter.
Make a switch to whole foods
Although the cold weather can ignite cravings for refined foods like pizzas, bread, pasta, eating too much of these can raise blood sugar levels. Higher blood sugar leads to fat gain eventually. Include foods in their natural state; i.e. unrefined, unpolished wholefoods. These include unpolished rice, grains, wheat, beans and legumes, dried nuts, etc. In their natural state, these foods retain the vitamins antioxidants and minerals that help in nourishing your body while also helping in better digestion of fats and sugar.
Gorge on fruits and raw vegetables
Raw foods like fruits and vegetables are rich stores of fiber that not only make you feel fuller faster but also flush your system with lots of vitamins and antioxidants. They help you with meeting your body’s requirements of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, micronutrients like iron, magnesium, potassium, folic acid etc. that also effectively aid digestion. Fruits rich in Vitamin C keep the ‘flu’ at bay, too.
Choose fruits for snacking and include a bowl of salad with heavy meals. This helps in keeping your appetite in check and also add the required dose of fiber.
Drink plenty of fluids
The cold weather in winter tends to suppress the feeling of thirst but don’t give in to that. Drink plenty of water and fluids like herbal teas. Water will detoxify your body and help with weight maintenance. It curbs the appetite by making you feel fuller for longer.
Have at least 10-12 glasses of water everyday. Include herbal teas like lemon-ginger tea, lemongrass tea, or chamomile tea and soups to reap greater benefits. Herbal teas help in keeping warm and aid better digestion. Soups are rich in essential vegetable nutrients and spices that are excellent for weight loss and highly nutritious.
Eat a protein-rich meal
Protein rich foods help in building muscle – a process that leads to fat loss. Muscle building process involves melting of fat in the surrounding tissue and thus helps with weight loss. Proteins curb sugar cravings and balance blood sugar levels. Studies show that high protein foods have low glycemic index and thus aid weight loss.
Include high protein foods like paneer, yogurt, soy, dals, fish, eggs, almonds, milk etc. to your diet to help control weight.
Add spice to your meals
Another way to maintain healthy weight is to flavor your foods with spices like cinnamon, cumin, coriander, pepper, etc. Also include mustard seeds, garlic and other such spices to your food not just to enhance the flavor but also to boost your health.
Spices can fire up your metabolism and aid in digestion of food rich in fat. This helps in better weight management. Another plus is that being rich in antioxidants, these spices are proven to assist with curbing inflammation in the body.
Remember, the right food can ease weight management in winter as well as protect you from winter related diseases. Take charge and make it a point to consume these healthy foods to prevent excessive weight gain. Buy good quality wholefoods, fresh fruits and vegetables from local markets or online delivery portals like Sabzilana in Nagpur for products with better nutritive value. Quality fruits and vegetables can positively impact your body and you can see the results almost immediately.?