Integrating Winter into Your Weight Loss Eating Plan

The winter chill in the air sees us all grabbing for warm comforting drinks and food which is detrimental to any healthy weight loss eating plan. Here are some ways you can embrace the season and your weight loss eating plan from Slender Wonder.

Get Lots of Cozy Sleep

This may seem counter-intuitive, but sleep is essential to weight loss. According to WebMD sleep is essential to weight loss. The winter tends to be when people sleep best so getting 8 hours of cozy sleep can actually benefit your weight loss and diet plan.

Don’t Drink Your Calories

You may be tempted to grab artisanal coffees and hot chocolate in the cold weather but drinking your calories will only hurt your healthy weight loss eating plan. You can still enjoy warm beverages this winter but opt for herbal teas or hot water and lemon which will aid your weight loss efforts. A cup of rooibos (black) is local, abundant, affordable and good for you.

Embrace Warming Soups as Meals

When faced with the options of soup or salad this winter, opt for soup. If it is a broth based soup (instead of cream) it will fill you up thanks to the water content leaving you feeling satiated for longer. You will also be less likely to overeat later in the day.

Don’t Reduce Your Water Intake

You may be sweating less in the winter but this shouldn’t have an effect on your water intake. Exercise will still cause you to sweat and staying hydrated is essential to any weight loss diet plan. After all, Medical Weight Loss Tip Number 1 is to Drink Water, and lots of it.

Take Advantage of South Africa’s Winter Produce

Fresh produce is great to include in your healthy weight loss eating plan. South Africa’s produce is relatively abundant and you should take advantage of seasonal vegetables and fruit when they are at their best. Eating produce in season means you get to take advantage of fresh produce when both its flavour and nutrients are at their best. Some of South Africa’s most delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Celeriac
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Naartjies
  • Oranges
  • Pawpaw

If you are looking to start and stick to a weight loss eating plan with continued support and advice from medical weight loss doctors this winter look no further than Slender Wonder. Contact us for more details and we’ll get you started on your weight loss journey right away.

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