With cooler weather, snowfalls and sumptuous holiday treats everywhere, your journey to weight loss just got harder and way more challenging. But hey, instead of giving in to the holiday diet Grinch, turn things around and take advantage of the seasonal foods that can fend of winter weight gain.
From fruits and veggies to spices and sweets, here’s a list of winter foods that’ll help you burn fat and keep your diet in check.
1. Dark Chocolate
First things first, holidays won’t be complete without sweet treats. To satisfy your sweet tooth during the “sweetest” time of the year, always go for the healthy route – dark chocolates, make sure that it’s 70% cacao or higher. The flavonoids in cacao reduce insulin resistance which controls the transfer of sugar from the bloodstream to the cells in your body. If you are insulin-resistant, you lose the ability to feel full, thus making you always hungry, and you know what happens next. Aside from that, it also contains lots of healthy nutrients that are good for the body.
Spices like Cinnamon usually taste better during Winter time and that’s a good thing. Cinnamon has been shown to control insulin levels, speed metabolism, suppress appetite and burn fat, especially in the abdominal area.
Dark leafy greens such as Kale thrive in the cold weather. In fact, frost can take away the bitterness of Kale which makes this time of the year the perfect time for Kale-haters to take advantage of. Kale is a natural weight-loss food. It’s very high in fiber to keep you full for a good amount of time and is rich in Vitamins A, C, K and Calcium.
4. Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are available year-round with its peak season during late October up to December. It’s loaded with fiber and fairly low on the glycemic index, which is great for filling you up without getting weight downed. It’s also rich in Beta-carotene and Vitamins A & C.
5. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C to boost the immune system and flavonoids which we talked about earlier. Although they are more abundant during the summer time, some citrus fruits are juiciest during winter. Stock up on lemons, grapefruits, pears and pomegranate to help you maintain your ideal weight will getting your fruity fix.