Winter weight loss tips: Include these 5 seasonal foods in your diet to lose kilos, stay fit& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- We tend to get lazy and lose sight of our weight loss goals during the winter season
- The cold weather can lead to inactivity, and binging on winter delicacies can lead to weight gain
- Here are 5 seasonal fruits and vegetables, available in the winter season, that you must add to your diet for weight loss
New Delhi: A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are key to a healthy weight. However, as the winter season sets in, the cold weather can cause us to become lazy and skip on the exercise. The usual routine of a workout has already remained very disturbed due to COVID-19, and the rising pollution levels in various cities can also disrupt outdoor activity, leading to an increase in weight. With time, one tends to lose the sense of discipline, and also ends up gorging on the winter delicacies, just adding more kilos to the waistline.
If you have seen a spike in your weight during the pandemic, followed by the winter season, know that you are not alone. Many people suffer from weight gain issues during the cold weather. But there is something you can do about it.
5 seasonal foods to include in your diet to lose kilos
The winter season is known for the variety of foods, especially vegetables, that are available during the season. These foods are super nutritious, help to keep you warm during the cold days, and can also help in weight loss. Here are 5 such seasonal winter foods that you must include in your diet for healthy but quick weight loss.
- Leafy greens such as mustard, lamb’s quarter – Leafy green vegetables are widely available during the winter season. These include spinach, mustard, fenugreek leaves, lamb’s quarter, and others. These vegetables make for a great addition to your weight loss diet as they contain lesser carbs and calories, and more fibre. They ensure you stay fuller for longer, curbing hunger pangs. Even as they are low in calories, they are rich in other nutrients such as iron, potassium, and others.
Tip – Try to consume them in raw form, as much as possible as boiling and purees can alter the nutritional value of leafy greens.
- Oranges – Oranges are abundantly available in the winter season. They make for a great immunity-boosting, weight-loss-friendly fruit. They are rich in vitamin C, which is great for boosting immunity against infections and also to keep the skin healthy. Oranges are also rich in fibre, and low in sugar content, even as they contain natural sugars.
Tip – It is recommended that you consume the whole fruit, and not fruit juice, even when it is freshly squeezed as it removes fibre content.
- Peanuts – Peanuts are available in the winter season and are often enjoyed as a snack with chutneys, jaggery, and rock salt. Peanuts make for a great mid-day snack for a weight loss diet.
Tip – Add some veggies to peanuts to increase the fibre and nutritional value of the snack.
- Beetroot – Often used for its rich, red colour in foods, beetroot is a seasonal, winter food that can help greatly with weight loss. The beetroot is rich in fibre, low in calories and rich in nutrients like folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.
Tip – Add beetroot in salads to get the most benefit out of the winter food.
- Carrots – Carrots are another winter vegetable that has many health benefits. Known to help keep eyes healthy, carrots can also help with weight loss. They are also rich in fibre and nutrients, and low in calories.
Tip – Consume carrots in their raw form in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. Avoid sugary foods such as carrot halwa, if you are on a weight loss diet.
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.