How to avoid the winter padding 2
There is something fun about the onset of winter: digging out all your warm clothes and snuggling up in jumpers. But the downside of all that covering up, coupled with cravings for warm, comforting food, can be that we emerge from winter with an extra layer of body fat.
This may be an innate response to the cooler months. In the days of our ancestors a winter hibernation may have been a survival tactic. But today this is no longer the case.
You do need to eat differently in winter, and you do need to take the weather into account for any outdoor activities, but this doesn’t have to equal weight gain.
Follow these six basic rules to avoid winter weight gain. Soup up. Soup made the right way is perfect winter fuel. It fills you up but is also low on kilojoules, provided you steer away from creamy, buttery versions. There are some good ready-made soups on the market, but why not make your own? You get exactly the ingredients you want, you can keep the salt down and boost the protein to make a complete meal.
It costs less to make and almost always tastes better. You can use a bought stock, but look for one that is reduced salt. Then all you need to do is add a host of vegies, a wholegrain such as barley or a legume (chickpeas, beans or lentils) and, for an added protein boost, chicken or lean meat.
Make a big batch and freeze it in individual portions and then you always have a quick, nourishing meal on hand. The best bought soups are those in Tetra packs or from the chilled section. Look for one with the lowest salt content (less than 120 milligrams of sodium per 100 grams). that have lots of vegies, legumes such as chickpeas and tandoori-style preparation.
The healthiest curries are homemade. You can use bought paste and control the amount of oil and type of meat or fish you use and add several vegies.
When you do have more time, nothing beats a curry made from scratch. Give it a go one rainy Sunday afternoon.
Walk it off.
A pedometer helps record how many steps you average per day. Aim to add 30 per cent for the next two weeks. Keep increasing until you hit 10,000 steps a day.
Boost the burn.