Eat winter produce
Take advantage of all the delicious healthy foods Winter has to offer. Comfort food doesn’t always have to be sugary cheat meals! There are so many hearty Winter greens and roost vegetables such as Kale, Broccoli and Cauliflower just to name a few, that you can make delicious warm meals with. Check out the recipe tab on our website for some healthy ‘comfort’ meals the whole family will love.
Work out at home
Who wants to venture out into the cold and exercise when it’s cosy at home?! Luckily, you can still get your body moving in the comfort of your own home. There are tons of workout videos online from yoga to cardio! There are even a few workout videos on The Lady Shake Youtube channel from the challenge to help keep you going all year round.
Reach for healthy sugars
Drink cold water
Good news if you drink cold water all year round! When you consume liquids that are cooler than your bodies natural core temperature, your body has to work to warm you up in turn burning more calories.
Sleep has so many benefits when it comes to weight loss and our overall health. A restless night of sleep can leave you feeling sluggish, tired and grumpy for the whole day. But did you know your lack of sleep is actually adding to your waistline as well? In 2012, a study found that people who regularly got 6 to 8 hours of sleep were two times more likely to succeed with their weight loss program than those who weren’t getting enough sleep. Get to bed early and wake up earlier to catch every sunlight possible. This has a positive on your sleep cycle plus more sleep stops you from that late-night snacking!
Order in vs dining out
According to a 2016 study in the Journal of Marketing Research, people tend to choose lower-calorie meals when they order their food an hour or more before eating (to account for delivery time) as opposed to ordering right before mealtime when they are hungry (while sitting in a restaurant). So it’s a good thing if you didn’t feel like leaving home to go out anyway!
We all reach for comfort food in winter, in particular, hot beverages. Well, the good news is you don’t have to give up your hot chocolates altogether. Our choccy greens not only have 5 serves of veg with every scoop but taste even better than sugar-loaded traditional hot chocolate powder. Just add one scoop to a mug of boiling hot water or warmed unsweetened almond milk – You won’t even know the difference!
Embrace the cold weather
Whether you’re out running errands or going for a walk, exposing yourself to the cold winter temperatures encourages your white body fat which stores calories to act more like brown fat! This means that your body will burn more calories by generating heat. Now, we aren’t telling you to freeze but facing a little bit of that icy cold weather can benefit your weight loss so it’s not all bad right?
Remember your why
Determine what drives you to reach your weight loss goals. Is it to be a role model for your kids? Is it health-related? Is it to regain your confidence? Whatever your reason, constantly remind yourself why you are doing it! The journey may be hard but focusing on the personal reason that you choose to begin can make it much easier. Right it down somewhere you can read it every day and don’t stop until you are proud!