For some, winter is a period of reduced training and activity, while, for others, it is an opportunity to enjoy other winter sports or continue tri-training indoors. Whatever your approach, make sure that your intake reflects these needs. Cold-weather training can mean an increase in caloric expenditure due to heat loss, so an extra snack or warming drink might be needed during or post-training. But, if winter is your “recovery” time, with lots of extra time spent sitting, then it can be difficult to avoid overeating with our natural tendency to be drawn to richer, more caloric-dense foods when cold. To stave off excess intake (and unintentional weight gain), focus on including warming soups, roasted vegetables, stews and nourishing warm drinks to satisfy comfort cravings.
Professional triathlete Pip Taylor is a registered dietician who splits her time between Australia and California.