With the weather getting cooler it’s easy to fall victim to the pleasures of comfort food and hiding under winter clothes! Luckily IsoWhey resident nutritionist and the Good Chef from Channel Ten’s Good Chef, Bad Chef Zoe Bingley-Pullin shares her helpful advice on ways to help ward off the extra kilos this winter.

“Comfort eating is the main culprit of winter weight gain as people are likely to eat less vegetables and salads and more starchy carbs, including creamy pastas, heavy rice dishes and rich desserts. Larger portion sizes and excessive consumption of carbohydrates are the biggest problems and something that can be easily avoided with a bit of attention to your nutrition and diet”, says Zoe.

“One of the other main reasons people fall victim to winter weight gain is because they make excuses to move less. It is vital that you don’t give yourself psychological permission to compromise your body’s health and wellness in the cooler months,” adds Zoe.

Partnering with weight management provider IsoWhey®*, Zoe is determined to make Australia healthier this winter and recommends IsoWhey’s® healthy living programs and protein shakes as a way to avoid comfort eating. For years Zoe has been independently recommending IsoWhey Complete® to her clients as a high-protein shake which contains no artificial colour, flavours, or sweeteners.

In the lead up to winter, Zoe has put together her top tips to help avoid the dreaded winter weight gain:

1. Let the light in

Sunlight is vital to optimise your mood as it increases the levels of serotonin in our brain, which can help control food cravings. Try to make time to go for a morning or lunchtime walk to ensure that you are getting adequate levels of vitamin D.

2. Fill up with protein

Protein helps keep you feeling full for longer, so you avoid filling up on comfort foods.
3. Drink Hot Chocolate!

IsoWhey®‘s guilt-free hot chocolate powder is perfect for body conscious individuals craving something sweet, with only 21 calories per serve!

4. Relax

Maintaining a relaxed, calm attitude is beneficial to weight management as you’ll be less likely to put yourself in a situation where food might be used to relieve stress or anxiety.

5. Keep Moving

While it may be hard to want to exercise when it’s cold and dark outside, small bursts of ‘incidental’ activity or everyday activities can help to burn calories. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to a colleagues’ desk instead of emailing or cleaning up around the house are all easy ways to keep moving and burn calories.

6. Aim for 3-4 hours of exercise per week

That’s as little as 30 minutes a day, which will help to burn off any of the excess calories you may have consumed from indulging in comfort foods.

What’s your best tip for keeping off the kilos at winter?