Your weight loss this winter

Healthy eating


With winter in full swing, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of comfort eating. Those rich, warm puddings and cups of delectable hot chocolate may bring pleasure for a while, but the effects stay on long after the indulgent taste fades. Experts, in convenient and balanced nutrition, from Futurelife SA, will have your body ready for summer in no time.

Lara De Santana, registered Dietician for Futurelife, shares these few tips for weight loss and healthy eating this winter.

Tip 1 to healthy weight loss – Boosting your metabolism.

The two fool-proof ways of doing this is through consuming small regular meals as well as increasing physical activity. Yoiu should be eating three meals a day with 2-3 snacks, around three hours apart. This regular eating makes the body realise it’s getting food more often that it then starts burning calories a lot more efficiently. Weight loss occurs when our calories burned/expended outweigh the calories consumed. The best way to burn these calories and speed up your metabolism is by boosting your activity levels.

Tip 2 to healthy weight loss – Carbohydrates are not the enemy.

Carbohydrates don’t make you fat, but extra calories do! Whether you eat calories in the form of carbs, fats, or protein if you take in an excess of calories compared to what you are burning up then you will gain weight. Besides, carbohydrates include vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, which are important parts of a healthy diet. In short, the problem isn’t pasta, but the sheer volume consumed.

Tip 3 to healthy weight loss – Choose low fat and lean

 Make small changes, like choosing lite spreads and dressings, choose lean cuts of meat and chicken and if possible cut the visible fat off of these before cooking. Bake, boil, grill or steam instead of frying your foods. But one of the most important tips here is to reduce your intake of fast foods, pastries and baked sweet goods, as these often have a lot of hidden fat.

Tip 4 to healthy weight loss – Empty out those empty calories

A number of sweetened cold drinks, fruit juices and sweets provide empty calories in the form of high GI carbohydrates (sugar) without much else. Rather choose water, or lite drinks, as well as low GI foods, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins that provide you with added nutrients to give you more from the calories you land up consuming.

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