Tuesday, January 12, 2010

50 Tips to Not Gain Weight In Winter (Part 1)

Over the next 5 days, I am going to give you 10 tips to help you not be a "victim" of winter weight gain!

 If every year you put on weight over Christmas and New Year and it keeps snowballing - until you look like a snowball.- then these tips will help get you on track and make inroads into losing some of that weight or, stop the weight gain cycle. 
Here we go....
  1. Realize you are trying to take control of your weight for yourself, not for a boyfriend or a wedding, for example, and you’ll have greater success.
  2. Stay away from crash diets. Diets of at least 1200-1400 calories a day are far healthier and lead to long-term weight loss.
  3. Avoid skipping meals. You’ll find yourself so famished you’ll probably go off the diet in desperation!
  4. Cut down on the amount of fat you use in cooking. Use a non-calorie cooking spray instead of butter for sautéing.
  5. Try flavouring salads and vegetables with fresh lemon juice. It adds zip without fat and calories.
  6. Flavour your meal with herbs. Try scrambled eggs with chives, dill sprinkled on broiled fish, or a dash of cumin to add Mexican flair. The sky’s the limit.
  7. Don’t overdo coffee, tea and caffeinated beverages. They can make your anxiety level skyrocket, and when you’re out of control, you’re apt to overeat.
  8. Drink lots of water. Try to drink at least 8 glasses a day. It’s good for the kidneys and will help you feel full, as well as hydrating that parched skin that has been exposed to forced air and electric heating.
  9. Eat more fibre-rich foods. Wholegrain breads, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables are not only filling, they’re also loaded with nutrients.
  10. Sip some soup. A cup of soup before a meal helps you eat less and warms you up, as you are inclined to eat more when you are cold.
Stay tuned for another 10 tips tomorrow!

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