Winter is the time of year when people often go off the rails and pig out on high fat, stodgy, comfort foods. Our metabolism speeds up during winter to keep us warm, so this could explain why many people say they feel hungrier in winter.
Here’s my thoughts on why we gain weight in the colder months:
- Hot food is more appealing than salads and fruit on cold days. Hot food is not the problem, choosing the wrong food is the problem.
- Cold water is ditched for a hot drink to warm us up. Adding milky drinks to your daily routine adds a lot of calories and fat to your daily calorie intake.
- Less daylight hours tends to mean we spend more time indoors. Being stuck at home getting bored and lonely mean we turn to food for comfort.
Don’t let winter wreak havoc with your waistline.
Here’s my 3 simple strategies to help you stay on track:
- Plan ahead for lunches – cook extra at night and take leftovers to heat up for lunch or cook a batch of soup and freeze in portion sizes.
- If you are looking for a warm drink – add a wedge of lemon to warm water or drink herbal tea. Technically milky drinks are ‘food’ so limit these to one a day and opt for skim milk.
- You’ll find many options for warm snacks or desserts in my cookbooks.
If you find you’re stuck at home, combat boredom by cooking up some extra meals to put in the freezer; my Winter Veal Stew is a great recipe to freeze.
A little bit of forward planning will work wonders during winter and then when the weather turns warm you won’t be left with the unwanted kilos.
Do you feel hungrier in winter? Share how you overcome the urge to eat extra on a cold winter’s day.
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