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Watching your weight in winter...

28 Jun 2012 3:08 PM - The principles don't change...

Over on my facebook page someone asked me for tips for winter weight management. 


Maintaining your healthy weight can be a bit of a challenge over winter.  The weather is cold so the desire to get outside and exercise might be somewhat diminished and we seem to crave warming soups and casserole type dishes.  Physiologically, our bodies might have a tendency to "hibernate". 

Generally though the principles are the same, regardless of the weather. 

  1. You need to maintain your exercise and activity.   Put it in your diary, get a friend involved and you are less likely to put it off.  Maybe joining a training group or finding an indoor exercise like yoga will help.  Or perhaps you need warmer exercise gear to make it a bit easier to get outdoors for a walk.

  2. Sticking to a healthy eating plan, as you do in summer, is vital.  Swap summer fruits and salad vegetables for winter fruits and vegetables.  Soups, curries, casseroles do not need to have extra or "hidden" calories.  Warmed (frozen) berries or stewed fruit with yoghurt make a delicious and healthy desert or treat.  Porridge or warm milk on your muesli can help to warm you up and give you energy.

  3. Winter can increase our propensity to depression which can affect our food choices.  So if this sounds like you, some added herbal or nutritional support over the winter months can help your mood significantly.  And try to get out in the sunshine whenever you can.

  4. If you are struggling with your weight, regardless of the season, get help.  Hormone imbalance, a not so healthy eating plan, excess stress levels and toxic load can all hinder the best attempts to lose weight.  Working with a naturopath to address these problems can make a world of difference. 

And remember, it's only a few months of cold weather and then the days will get longer and the sun will be out again. 

In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath and Functional Medicine practitioner
Melbourne CBD

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