In the winter months, we tend to eat a lot more starchy foods (carbs) due to the weather being colder and the general need to feel warm from the inside! When it’s cold, your body needs to work a little bit harder to keep you warm, so a few more calories can be burnt during these months.
Balance your carbs, protein and fats...
If you are training regularly, make sure you are eating enough carbohydrates to keep your energy levels raised through the dark mornings. Also, ensuring your protein and fat is included within your meals and snacks will keep the blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day, leaving you feeling full and satisfied and not reaching for the chocolate.
Be aware of your starchy vegetables...
The other point to be aware of is – don’t overload on starch (potatoes, root vegetables, pasta, rice, bread) because its cold. Remember, we do need to eat carbs but overloading with them at every meal time will hamper your fat loss and could make you feel sluggish.
A great example of this is when the slow cooker comes out for the casserole……In goes the potato, swede, parsnip and carrot – so there you have 4 starchy vegetables already. Make way forthe dumplings, and you mop up your gravy with a big chunk of bread and butter!!! Oh dear – carbohydrate/starch overload!!! Bear in mind your starchy veggies, and just having one or two per meal at most will be enough to keep you full, warm and keep your calories down too!!!
Don't rush meal times...
Always give yourself around 20 minutes after eating a big meal. It can take this long for the stomach to recognise the amount of food that has been passed to it. Allow your food time to go down before you indulge in extras or a pudding.
If you are active and training regularly, eating carbs with two of your daily meals is totally acceptable, along with eating them in the evening to help you sleep.
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