Get rid of that bloated, lethargic feeling – especially during the chilly days of winter with these 5 top tips on how to stop feeling bloated.
Late-night snacking is a habit we all pick up during the winter months. We’re indoors earlier and tend to stay there, which means continuous snacking.
Night owls that stay up late snacking are more prone to putting on weight, while eating at 7pm and again at 7am, means your body has time not only to digest your dinner, but to begin burning off excess fat.
It’s also best to stay away from snacks containing sugar and caffeine after 7pm, as these stimulants prevent us from entering a deep sleep, and leave us more inclined to snack later on.
Choose ‘smart’ comfort food
Feasting on hot, comforting dishes is all part of our winter routine, but making rich meat stews or pasta dishes can mean a little extra bulge come summer.
Lighten up your cooking by making chicken and fish the base for your winter dishes. Middle Eastern dishes like tagines are perfect for winter – they’re still warm and comforting, but are tomato based and contain high-protein legumes like chickpeas and lentils.
Meatier fish like monkfish, mackerel and salmon are great for making soups and stews, and are much gentler on the waistline than fatty red meat.
Starting the day with a healthy, substantial breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and keeps it active throughout the day, which reduces your chances of feeling bloated.
Mornings are tough at the best of times, but with a hot breakfast to look forward to, they become a little more bearable. Oats are quick and easy to make and invite loads of fruits and flavourings – try cinnamon with chopped apple or blueberry, plain yoghurt, almonds and honey. For a more savoury kick, a poached or boiled egg on wholewheat or seed toast is the perfect start to the day.
Treasure your tea
A steaming cup of tea warms you up from the inside out – and can have serious health benefits too. Peppermint tea is great to reduce bloating and water retention, while Rooibos is packed full of antioxidants, which can slow down the ageing process.
Walk away the winter blues
Exercise is crucial in keeping water retention and bloating at bay, and chillier weather doesn’t mean we have to forego it. A brisk, 20-minute walk is enough to get circulation going and kick-start your metabolism, which, in turn, will warm you up, too!
DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.