Winter weight gain? Plan your Winter diet early

Winter weight gain? Plan your Winter diet early

Author -  Good Health

You’ve probably skipped meals in order to lose weight or lived on lettuce leaves and low fat yoghurt throughout summer. However, the best approach to weight loss is the exact opposite - eating smaller, more frequent, balanced meals to stop yo-yo dieting.

Many people find it hard to imagine eating cold salads during colder weather, but it’s crucial to increase your fruit and vegetable intake along with low fat protein and healthy carbohydrate foods if you want to maintain your weight throughout winter. Research shows that eating a low-calorie salad or vegetable soup before your main meal can help you feel full - meaning you are less likely to snack later. 

When preparing your main meals add an extra vegetable or fruit into the recipe.  Herbed apricot chicken with kumara & silverbeet mash is a great substitute for roast meat and potato. Have a handful of dried fruit or fresh fruit with seeds and nuts for morning tea, or try a fresh vegetable juice (virgin bloody mary) before dinner.

If you are slightly confused about which carbohydrates are best, the lower glycaemic load (glycaemic index) carbohydrates are a great place to start. Replace white rice with basmati rice or brown rice or substitute rye bread and crackers for white bread and cream crackers. Only eat a handful of cooked carbohydrates with grilled or stir fried meat and vegetables. The fresh kind of pasta that can be cooked in less than 5 minutes has a slight advantage over the dried variety.

If you’re craving carbohydrates or bread you might be insulin resistant. Hair loss, pimply skin, a dark coloured rash or skin tags under the arms, around the neck and on the back are classic tell-tale signs. Carbohydrates play a critical role in mood control and food craving because they are a rich source of the amino acid tryptophan, which is necessary for the synthesis of serotonin - the brain’s main mood stabiliser and appetite controller.

Naturally sourced 5HTP is also wonderful for assisting serotonin levels and controlling the urge to binge on carbs. It may even help keep you on your exercise and healthy eating plan. Good Health’s High 5HTP has a high level of 5-HTP (100mg per capsule).

To control carbohydrate cravings it may help to supplement with protein shakes (Wheyless), and nutrients such as chromium and white kidney bean extract. White kidney bean extract can block a good amount of calories from carbohydrate starches - great for the next time you over indulge by ‘mistake’.  Good Health’s Starch Carbo Blocker is a good source of white kidney bean extract. People who are more inclined to eat sweet foods rather than savoury foods often have low chromium levels. This is relevant for New Zealand because our soils are notoriously low in this mineral. 

Both Svetol 2800 & Garcinia Cambogia 9000 Plus help to balance blood sugar levels & the latter will also help curb carbohydrate cravings.

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