Now that the long dark nights are with us it’s time to change our weight loss tactics. Here are some tips to keep you warm and cosy.

  • Try one of the hot breakfast ideas. Porridge provides us with our own central heating. Weetabix or bran-based cereals will sustain you longer and prevent those mid-morning mood swings. Take advantage of the split breakfast – it will help prevent those hunger pangs. You’ll find a bowl of porridge followed by a thick slice of granary toast topped with canned or grilled tomatoes mid-morning will help rev up your metabolism.
  • Pop the sandwich ideas for lunch onto your health grill. A toasty is far more satisfying on a winter day than a cold sandwich. Serve with soup or canned tomatoes and you’ll have a filling lunch in minutes.
  • Make up a selection of the curries and casseroles on your plan and then freeze them. It’s really convenient when you get in from work or shopping. I always pop a portion of leftover chicken in a dish with gravy and stuffing – add vegetables and it’s great for a quick evening meal. (The cans of potatoes at approximately 100 calories are really tasty when roasted or “fried”.)
  • Regular meals are important during the cold weather. Hot food can help you feel warmer and are far more nourishing than using up precious calories on cakes and biscuits. Toasted crumpets, muffins and fruit loaf are all delicious with low sugar jam, lemon curd or light cream cheese. The small pots of light rice pudding or custard are delicious when warmed and served with stewed apples or your favourite frozen fruit – quick, easy, convenient, and a great way to have your five-a-day.
  • Fill up your plate with lots of “free” vegetables. These can be boiled, stir-fried or roasted with your low calorie spray. Always cook extra and use them in an omelette.
  • Make up some soup – either the Slimtone Special or Butternut Squash are members’ favourites. Keep it in the fridge or freezer for a starter or between-meal snack. The serve-and-store bags are really useful and can be found in most supermarkets.
  • Always keep a glass of water in the kitchen. Remember 6 glasses a day will keep the flab away! Make into a hot drink with sugar-free squash or my favourite, which is the sugar-free Ribena – a real warmer on a cold day.

What are your best ideas for keeping warm on a cold day?

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