7 Winter Diet Tips Nutritionists Swear By
Prevent unwanted padding this season with the diet tips experts rely on to save their own waistlines
Have a beat-the-blahs breakfastShorter days and being trapped indoors can lead to the winter blues. And there's no better excuse to skip exercise and hunt around the pantry when you're not hungry than feeling down.
To stay alert and energized, Sari Greaves, RD, nutrition director at Step Ahead Wellness Center in Far Hills, N.J., builds her winter diet around good-mood foods, starting with breakfast. Greaves says, "I have a 200- to 300-calorie breakfast that includes whole grains and lean protein, such as natural peanut butter on a whole grain English muffin or oatmeal with slivered almonds. High quality carbs, as opposed to refined white starch, can prevent swings in your blood sugar that may leave you tired and cranky. These carbs also trigger the release of serotonin, a brain chemical that enhances calmness and can reduce feelings of depression. The protein helps steady blood sugar and causes the release of dopamine and norepinephrine, which can improve alertness."
Not only will this breakfast combo motivate you to get moving, but by eating a morning meal, you'll boost your metabolism and have better control over caloric intake for the rest of the day, says Greaves. Did someone say "win-win"?
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