Have you ever heard the saying that a summer body starts in the winter?
This saying rings true every single time. You cannot start to work on your beach body when summer is already here – that is simply too late.
It is also a valid statement because most of us tend to put on a bit of weight during the winter months. That is why it is important to focus on weight loss during winter. Even if it is just to keep your weight steady instead of putting on extra kilograms.
What makes winter weight loss different?
Losing weight in the winter normally requires different foods than weight loss during the warmer months of summer. Not only because some foods are more difficult to come by in winter, but also because your body reacts differently to different food depending on the weather.
So what should I do for winter weight loss?
Have you ever craved a cool glass of freshly pressed juice or an ice cold slice of water melon in the winter? I thought not…
In winter we usually want food that warms our body. Soup and cooked foods are what we crave.
Well, the good news is that these can be used just as effectively for weight loss as a juice cleanse during the summer. By eating the right foods in the winter months you can cleanse your body, give your energy levels a boost, and ultimately lose weight.
These are some tops tips for cleansing in winter…
- Eat yourself warm.
You don’t have to eat fruits and salad when your body is already feeling cold.
Go for seasonal, local foods that have the same effect. Eat more foods like dense root vegetables, winter greens, and quality animal products.
Spices and herbs can also help give the warming effect to your dishes.
Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal, because it can help to curb food and sweet cravings.
- Fats to make you thin.
Healthy fats are more than just a nice winter comfort food. They have real benefits. These fats can help your body absorb important nutrients from the food you eat more effectively.
They are great for absorbing vitamins A, D, and E. Healthy fats also play a key role in ensuring a healthy nervous system. This means that in addition to weight loss benefits, healthy fats can also put you in a better mood.
Make sure that the fats you are eating are:
- Monounsaturated fats
- Polyunsaturated fats
- And the right saturated fats
Steer clear of hydrogenated and trans fats that are found in processed foods.
Good food sources of these healthy fats are:
- Olives and olive oil
- Flax seeds and hemp seeds
- Grass-fed butter and organic clarified butter
- Unrefined coconut oil
- Sweets that slim.
It is part of our built-in nature to crave sweet things. But be careful of sugar and carbohydrates as these can make you gain kilograms in the blink of an eye.
Go for the healthy options like sweet, high-nutrient veggies such as roast beets, sweet potatoes, and a variety of winter pumpkins and squash.
These help satisfy your sweet-cravings, as well as giving you extra energy.
Or, go for the new Manna Low GI Shake which is sweet, but it is natural. It can curb sweet and food cravings, suppress appetite and help to reduce your daily calorie consumption.
- Get enough sleep.
When it gets cold outside, our metabolism slows down. This makes us want to sleep more – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The days get shorter and the nights get longer, so there is no excuse for getting in a few hours of extra sleep.
Get to bed earlier, so that you can wake up nice and early to make the most of the sunshine that is available. Waking up earlier and getting the most sunlight possible has a positive effect on your sleep cycle and metabolism.
Getting more sleep before midnight – especially in winter – helps your mood stay stable. It also helps stop midnight snacking, and improves the quality of your sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
Leaving the house early on a cold winter morning to go to the gym can ruin your entire day before it even starts. It is much easier to do exercise in the comfort of your own home.
It is best to do short bursts of intensive exercise. Break up your routine into 4 x 1 minute sets of each exercise below…
- Jump Rope
This is much more than a fun activity for children. This can make you work up a sweat within minutes. Just be careful of low hanging light fixtures!
- Stair Stepping
You don’t even need stairs or a step for this. You can get yourself an exercise step, or even just a really thick book. You can do different patterns of stepping, all while remaining on one spot.
You can even do it while watching television.
It may take longer to work up a sweat than jumping rope, but it is a great, steady way of exercise and keeping your body on the move.
If you think that a minute is a short time, you have never done a plank! It might be one of the more challenging exercises, but it is also one of the most beneficial. It is one of the best ways to build up your core muscles and increase your abdominal strength.
The key to mastering the plank is to start off small and build your way up. Start off with just 30 seconds, and then add 5 seconds each day.
How to plank:
- Get into a push-up position.
- Instead of bending your arms and lowering yourself, hold the position with your arms straight.
- Make sure that you don’t arch your back.
- If you don’t feel the burn on your abdominal muscles, you are doing it wrong.
Whether it is Zumba or Latin dancing – it is one of the most fun ways to exercise. You can do it with your partner, workout buddy, or on your own. Turn the music up and get moving.
And most importantly – dance like nobody is watching!
Make it part of your daily routine. Whenever you go down the hall or from one room to the next; do lunges instead of just walking.
If that gets too easy for you, hold weights in your hands to make the lunges more challenging.
- Water Bottle Weights
You don’t have to get a home gym or even dumbbells. Start out by using water bottles as weights to do some resistance training and build your arm muscles.
You can easily control the weight of your “dumbbells” by changing the size of the bottle or how much water you put inside.
You can also use large bottles like milk jugs as kettle bells to do different types of weight training.
- High Knees
Running in place is great – but high knees are better. Bring your knees up as high as you can, and kick up the pace to get your heart pumping and sweat dripping.
You can either do this by standing in one place or move up and down the hall.
- Jumping Jacks
A nice throwback to your childhood! Jumping jacks are an excellent form of cardio, and get your whole body moving at once. You can do this while watching television, or while waiting for whatever is warming up in the microwave.
Challenge yourself to do a few jumping jacks wherever and whenever you get the chance.
Replace one of your meals with something healthy
Start losing weight this winter by controlling your cravings with a healthy meal. And what could be healthier, and easier, than a Meal Replacement Shake that tastes like a milkshake?
Our NEW Manna Low GI Shake is formulated to allow you to skip a meal without losing the needed nutrients and energy, helping you lose weight in an easy and effective way. It also helps manage your blood sugar levels.
The NEW Manna Low GI Shake comprises of 6 ingredients which are high in fiber, protein, and minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Our shake has been proven to help curb food cravings, suppress appetite, and satisfy you for longer.
It couldn’t be easier to lose weight.
All you do is choose your favourite flavour of Manna Low GI Shake, add it to milk, water or juice, mix it and there you have a healthy meal in a glass. As simple as that!
We don’t use any artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The new Shake is gluten-free, lactose-free, Non-GMO, soy-free. Also, the shake is suitable for Vegan’s, Vegetarians and Diabetics.
Benefits of the Manna Low GI Shake
- High in fiber
- Low GI
- Stops Cravings
- High Enough Nutritional Value to be regarded as a Meal Replacement
- The only shake which contains Essential Sugars (“Glyco-Nutrients”)
- Cholesterol Free
- Gluten Free
- Provides Energy, without Fattening
- Helps to Control Blood Sugar Levels
- Organic & Natural
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