The season of winter makes you lazy and also triggers you to eat junkies and other food items which can lead to belly fat. Winter weight gain is one of the most unavoidable things and the lower temperature makes it even harder for us to work toward our weight loss goals.
However, you can say goodbye to belly fat and access weight gain during the holiday by following simple steps in your daily life. You don’t have to prepare yourself for dieting or exercising instead, you can make some adjustments with your usual habits.
Some ways to keep you fit during winters are mentioned below:
Herbal Tea – Take herbal tea instead of regular tea or coffee. Well, we are not talking about those packed once but freshly made at home. Just add some ginger or tulsi or cardamom or cinnamon to your water, give it a boil and have it. If you are in the office, you may opt for plain chamomile, jasmine or tulsi.
Salt control – Add salt to vegetable while boiling. Do not add salt when you adjust the consistency of soup. This way your soup will remain low on salt.
Water – We don’t feel like having water during winters but you can boil water with some cardamom, ginger or holy basil. Keep it in a flask. Mix this with regular water and have it at lukewarm temperature. This way it is easier to consume water.
Stop Baking – We bake and eat, but baking so occasionally will help you to control your caloric intake.
Salad – Again difficult to have as it is cold. Have it tossed in a karahi pan with some sesame seeds or flax seeds. You may use lemon or olive oil as a dressing but avoid salt. You may also try adding salads to a boiling hot bowl of dal or any curry (finely chopped cucumber, radish, onion, tomato, etc). This is how you can add flavor to your salad, it is warm to have and you skip salt as well.
Leafy Greens – Add green leafy vegetables or veggies to your chapatti but make sure you don’t add salt to it. As you will be consuming sabzi (cooked vegetable) or dal with it there is no need to add salt. You can add condiments and spices instead. This method will help you reduce overall calorie of chapatti and increase fiber intake.
Cardamom to uplift mood – Common during gloomy weather. If you are a person who gets affected by this, then add cardamom to your tea. It is known to uplift mood – not to forget your daily dose of endorphins through exercise.
Add Fiber to Meat – While having fish, chicken or any other meat, remember to have double the quantity of vegetable along with it because meat does not have the fiber of its own. Having vegetables compensates for it and lowers hypoglycemic index.
Avoid making bad food choices – This is extremely important because when we are hungry we end up making bad food choices, and on top of it we are very hungry. Hence skipping a meal is a bad idea!
Exercise – Although its difficult to stay active during winters but you can definitely go for a walk after your meals, cycling and running on a treadmill can also help you keep fit.
In addition to all these points, you can also follow simple advice of using smaller plates for unhealthy food. Since using a smaller plate may help you eat less by making portions look larger. On the other hand, a bigger plate can make a serving look smaller, causing you to add more food.