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On a diet in winter: tips for not giving up – Italian Cuisine


The end of the year old revelries seem now far away, but summer is not so close: i first months of the year I am a limbo, which lends itself perfectly to make a commitment and lose the extra pounds. From the Tao diet that comes from the East to that of supermetabolism, suitable for the cold season because it allows to eat in quantity, there is certainly no lack of proposals and alternatives to try to dispose of excess weight.

The problem is another. For those who choose to wear on a diet in the middle of winter there is no good news: the "good intentions" diet at the beginning of the year risks skyrocketing. The results of some research are far from encouraging: only 8% of those who start a diet in winter successfully completes it, and even those who laboriously will get some results will quickly recover the few pounds lost.

As often happens, science comes to the aid to explain the reasons of the failure of "winter" diets, breaking a spear in favor of those who, armed with the best intentions, always see their efforts frustrated: the guilt would be of an "ancestral" instinct, the same that pushed our ancestors to eat more in the cold months, the period when food was harder to find, and that still today makes us feel a greater desire for food during the winter, pushing us to accumulate weight.

Many nutritionists argue that during winter should increase calories introduced to better withstand lowering temperatures. But then how to set up if you want to start a diet in winter and you intend to bring it to a successful conclusion?

Here are some tips from dott.ssa Carla Lertola, nutritionist: "If it is true that during the winter we are led to eat more calories, it is equally true that now we live in preheated environments and we move little, and therefore we risk not being able to dispose of them. To achieve a diet is fundamental the mental approach. Starting a weight loss diet in January or February can offer the double advantage of having a long period of time during which you gradually reduce the caloric quota, without upsetting our habits ".

To sum up, apart from good will, here are some tips to get fit in the winter months:

Start the diet on time, in order to have a right amount of time to get used to the new diet, which must however be well balanced and varied

Learn to shop, avoiding buying temptations and choosing instead the ingredianti with which we can prepare some flight comfort food healthy

Buy seasonal products and learn how to cook them in the most correct way to preserve their nutritive principles

Enrich the raw materials with the spices reducing the amount of salt and fat

Finally, let us not forget – we add – that in order to stand firm we can offer ourselves a non-food prize: it has been demonstrated that the "Happy Meal effect" helps us to eat less.

article of Silvia Tatozzi
3 February 2016
updated by Stella Rita
January 2019

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