Don’t you just love winters? Whether it is for the delicious cups of hot chocolate, the strawberries or just for the reprieve they offer from the heat, winters are awaited by most. But, the things that you love about winter—hot chocolate and sweets—can have an adverse effect on your health. These tips will help you avoid unhealthy eating during the cold weather.
Cold weather equals lethargy. And when you feel lethargic, you tend to get inactive. To stay fresh and alert, keep moving. Take a break while working and go for a short walk. Sitting in the same place for a long time can lead to weight gain.
If you don’t prefer going out to exercise in the colder months, take up an indoor workout to keep up with your daily exercise.
More fruit less food
Overeating is a common problem during the winters, mostly because your body burns extra calories to maintain its internal heat when it’s cold outside. This leads to eating a little more to cover up for those lost calories. But, no matter what your inclination is, you don’t need extra food during the winters.
Also include more fruits and vegetables in your meals. Winter fruits contain vitamin A and iron which will improve your immunity and help you stay healthy.
Drink more water
Winters may not make you as thirsty as summers, but your body needs the same amount of water. Drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water every day.
Improve immunity with spices
Cold weather supresses your immune system which leaves you vulnerable to viruses and infections. To boost your immunity and add flavour to your food, turn to spices like turmeric, garlic and ginger. Use as much of these spices in your food as you can.
Don’t gorge on sweets
We get it. It’s hard to resist the temptation of those decadent cakes, cookies and sweets during the holiday season. But, foods that are rich in carbohydrates will make you lethargic. Don’t gobble up every sweet treat you find or you’re going to regret once the excitement of the holidays is over.