A lot of people have been asking me via email how they can supercharge their metabolism, loose weight or what exercises they should be doing to burn maximum calories (especially because we’re entering into winter here in Australia – so I have delivered.
I woke up this morning at 7am and had a fight with myself about it being cold. It went a little like this:
Ally: “Alarm, shut up, SHUT ARRRRPPPP!!”…
Five minutes later annoying standard Apple alarm repeats itself.
Ally: “It’s way too cold for this shit”. * Races to the bathroom in record time to have a shower so hot it set the smoke alarm off *
* Please note there is a giveaway at the end of this post*
Everyone is notorious for over indulging and putting on some extra padding in the colder months. I’m human, you’re human, we’re all human. I know first hand that the cold weather can interrupt your workout routine, which then makes you more likely to reach for comfort foods like Timtams and hot Milo. Seasonal weight gain sucks, so many of us complain about it, but did you know there are ways to make sure you don’t put on weight, during Winter?
This year before winter hits us hard, I have prepared 5 tips to show you how you can stay in good physical form and not find yourself rolling around everywhere / hiding all your unwanted bulges under cosy, over-sized sweaters.
1. GET YO’ ARSE OUTDOORS
You’re probably thinking I am a nutcase because I am telling you to get out doors in that icy cold air. Yes, the mercury is dropping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put on some winter workout attire and kick arse. Hibernating is what animals do, not humans, so go for a run, go for a cycle – whatever it is, do it outdoors because you will feel fresh and combat any winter blues.
Making it one of your priorities is also a good idea. And after all, your health is only in your hands, so it should be a priority.
Research also shows that the refreshing burst of air will keep you coming back.
Also; if you’re the type of person who is affected by the onset of winter, i.e: Season Affective Disorder, this is really import for you to do!
2. EATING PLAN / CUT DOWN ON COMFORT FOODS
My number one rule: Do not turn to food for stimulation. I never had, so I often find it strange that people do. I recognise that if it’s something you’ve always done, be it because it gives you something to do or it takes your mind off any major stress in your life, it’s going to be hard to combat, in which case an eating plan is going to be your new best friend.
MORNING: Eat breakfast in the morning to get your metabolism going. Something like oats with a splash of milk and berries is great in winter.
LUNCH: A delicious wrap with chicken, hommus & tabouli. I love tabouli! So easy to make as well!
DINNER: Slow cooked chicken and corn soup. I use my slow cooker ALL the time in winter, doing so encourages healthy eating as your dinner is already prepared at a reasonable time, so you won’t catch yourself snacking!
WINTER SNACKS: Miso soup, 2 X rice cakes and avocado, 10 almonds and a piece of fruit. Note: These aren’t all to be snacked on, in one day. Alternate them throughout the week.
3. WATCH WHAT YOU’RE DRINKING
A mug of hot chocolate, Venti sized double shot lattes and other high calorie drinks in winter are something you really need to watch out for. You don’t often realise that those kind of drinks are just filled with sugar and if you’re having a few a day, then you’ve probably consumed your calorie count for the day in liquid form.
Some things I absolutely love drinking in winter are:
- Rosehip Tea
- Lemongrass Tea
- Chai Tea with coconut milk and cinnamon (sometimes honey)
- Peppermint Tea at night before bed
- Coffee ( but in moderation + opt for skim milk or black)
4. WINTER SOCIALISING
During winter the most common friend catch up revolves around eating. It’s hard for it not to though, when you think about it. You call you buddy-o-pal, you’re cold and within half an hour you’re knee deep in Max Brenner chocolate. Literally? Probably not. Studies show that people tend to mimic the eating habits of their friends and social groups, so, if this sounds like you why not get healthy together? Don’t feel pressured to eat bad, or a lot just because a friend or boyfriend is. Make sure you’re making the right decisions for yourself and your eating / health goals.
Studies show that people tend to mimic the eating habits of their peers and social groups.
5. STOCK UP ON THE GOOD STUFF
At least half of your diet should be made up of fresh fruit and vegetables (including legumes). Fruit and vegetables are an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, folate, iron and calcium – and they’re damn tasty too. Winter is such a good season for vegetables and there is so many things you can do with them! Some of my favorites to add things, plus aid in weightloss are the following
- Potatoes: Though everyone believes that potatoes don’t help in weight loss (cue everyone freaking out and saying “oh, no it’s a carb, I’ll get fat”) they actually do, because they contain both soluble and insoluble fibers that take care of bad cholesterol. For best results, eat them with their skin. We make wedges and other fun things to add with dinners.
- Cauliflower: At only 29 calories per cup, cauliflower is a low-calorie side. Have boiled, or chuck in the food processor and add an egg to make a delicious pizza crust
- Spinach: Spinach is a super-super-super-food! It offers twice as much fiber as any other green vegetable, which helps in losing weight. Score, right? It also contains antioxidants, which will give you an energy boost on cold days. Add it into soups, cook it in the oven, add into a healthy pie – boom!
- Carrots: God I love them. In fact if you’re following me on Instagram (@substance_blog) you would have seen my juice today. Uh, can you say “delicious”? I’m quite sure you can, so you probably should. Carrots in winter are an awesome snack: try eating them roasted, sauteed or steamed! With a side of hummus is also good!
Practicing mindfulness will teach you how to keep in tune with the things your body needs.
MORE THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
On top of these 5 tips things, I often look out for and read my body signals in Winter. Pay attention to what it’s trying to tell you. Practicing mindfulness will teach you how to keep in tune with the things your body needs. You really should be in tune with what is going on in your body all year round, but it is easy to start during winter because it’s the time you notice the most difference!
Keep tabs on how your clothes are fitting: Because we layer up, wear chunky / heavy clothes (Mmmm Big jumpers and coats) during winter you can never really gauge what you actually look like or see the subtle changes in your body. Sometimes, I try on a pair of shorts or something I know should fit me perfectly to monitor any changes. It’s easier to monitor things than get a rude shock, come Spring!!
Mental Check-in: If you’re stressed out and find yourself stuffing your face constantly, check yo’self, before you wreck yo’self. Be mindful and fix things which need fixing.
Water: Sometimes you’ll find that you may think you’re hungry, but are actually dehydrated due to the dry weather. So drink up on that good h2O, we all know is good for us!
WHAT I AM WEARING TO KEEP WARM WHILE WORKING OUT THIS WINTER
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