5 diet tips to stay healthy and fit this winter  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Winter began back in November but the temperatures have started stooping low and our bodies have started responding to the cold. The winters are pleasant and beautiful but also bring with them laziness and a change in our diet which may lead to unwanted health outcomes, including weight gain.
Diet is a very important component for staying fit and healthy, and especially when the vegetable markets are flooded with green leaves and so much nutrition, a little effort in the winter season made for your body can go a long way. Here are a few foods that you can include in your diet this winter. Read – Rice diet plan for weight loss: Does eating Basmati rice help you lose belly fat?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, South Pacific Community, one guava has 45 calories, 1 gram of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin C – which is essential for growth and repair of tissues and vitamin A – which helps boost immunity. Guava is a powerhouse of nutrition and it is suggested to include it in your diet in the winter. Guava is also an extremely versatile fruit that can be used in salads, made juices with, and also used for making salsa.
Even though honey has fundamentally more calories than sugar, it is sweeter, and hence, required less to provide the same level of sweetness. It also has less fructose content than sugar which means it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels in the amount that sugar does. Honey is an all natural substitute for sugar. Honey also helps in the winter season by helping kill bacteria and cure sore throats and regular colds.
Mustard leaves are high on fibre and nutrients, low in calories, and also very filling for your stomach. According to a nutrient data listing by United States Department of Agriculture, they provide bone-building calcium and immunity building vitamin A and can be used as a substitute for dairy products, if you want to avoid them in your diet.
A single cup of regular coffee and similar hot beverages can add up to 300 calories to your diet. Tea is naturally calorie-free, which means it provides the warmth without adding the weight to our body, and also contains flavonoids which are healthy for the heart. Tea contains vitamin K, C, and D. A nutritionist from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that tea is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which have been observed to reduce the chances of cancer. On the plus side, there are also a variety of options to choose from – e.g, ginger tea – which helps with a sore throat and cold. The antioxidants present in green tea also help build immunity. You can choose your favourite type or alternate between two or three types and flavours of tea.
Mac n Cheese
As unbelievable as it sounds, it is actually true. In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was claimed that women who satisfied their craving to eat mac n cheese everyday, ate less of it and consumed fewer calories. Others who resisted the temptation all week and ate only one day consumed more calories in the process, leading to weight gain.
The idea is to include foods that are “off-limits” in your diet in small proportions so that they lose their charm and you are not tempted to eat them in huge amounts.
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.