10 simple tips to lose weight and keep it off this winter  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Winter weight gain is something that is often inevitable – considering the effects of overindulgence during the holidays. The unforgiving temperatures can make it even harder for you to work toward your weight loss goals. The good news is that whether it’s one pound or a few that you’ve packed on over the holiday season, you can still shed that extra flab effectively and keep it off.
As a matter of fact, people who keep moving and keep their hunger level in check tend to succeed in staying true to their weight loss goals, but the cold winter months can work wonders on your body without much effort. Here are a few simple things you can that can reduce belly bloating, boost metabolism to burn more fat. The following tips recommended by Dr Parul Patni, Nutritionist- Lifestyle and Weight Management Expert, can help you lose belly fat and maintain weight this winter season. Take a look below! Read – Post-holiday detox: This 3-day cleanse plan will jumpstart your weight loss and melt away your belly fat
- 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.
- 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 flavour 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 sabji (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 fibre intake.
- Low sodium soup – 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. Read – Weight loss: 3 diet tricks to burn belly fat and cleanse your body after the festive season binge
- Cardamom for mood swings – 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.
- 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. It’s always a good idea to check the ingredients before buying them. It should not have any kind of tea or sweetener.
- Stop baking – We bake and eat, but baking so occasionally will help you to control your caloric intake.
- Add fibre to meat – While having fish, chicken or any other meat, remember to have double the quantity of vegetable along with it. The reason, meat does not have fibre of its own. Having vegetables compensates for it and lowers glycemic index.
- Do not skip meals – This is extremely important because when we are hungry we end up making the bad food choices, and on top of it we are very hungry. Hence skipping meal is a bad idea!
- Exercise – It is difficult but staying active is exceptionally important to stay in shape and healthy. Few suggestions here – try doing indoor workouts like static cycle or treadmill. You may go for a walk in noon if you are at home or opt for evening group exercise classes. Cover yourself well if you are stepping out for a walk or jog.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.