Once the summer ends and we enter the cold, rainy, sweater-loving Autumn, it’s easy to put on some weight. We eat more fats and sugary foods, we move less, and let’s face it – we wear more baggy, comfy clothes so feel more comfortable even with an extra belly fat. And as the season progresses, so does our weight – the nearer the Winter, the wider the waist.
But don’t worry, there is a simple way to lose that extra few pounds Autumn has brought you. And no, you don’t have to eat boring, tasteless foods that only add to the Autumn blues; you’ll eat foods that will actually boost your energy and immune system and make you feel full of life!
Eat More Green Veggies
Did you know that certain foods can actually fight depression by strengthening the nervous system? It’s true, and these foods are vegetables rich in vitamin C, folic acid and beta-carotene, such as:
Brussels Sprouts: high in vitamin C, folic acid and beta-carotene.
Broccoli: high in vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, potassium and iron.
Red Cabbage: high in vitamin C, vitamin K and folic acid.
Chinese Cabbage: high in vitamin C, folic acid, beta-carotene, potassium and iron.
Eat More Fruits
Fruits should be consumed instead of desserts – not only are most fruits sweet and comforting but they’re also high in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals and can help you lose weight if consumed properly.
Eat apples, oranges, pears, peaches, blueberries and other berries (frozen or fresh).
It’s easy to decide to stay in the comfort of your home instead of going for a jog when it’s raining outside. But don’t do it! It’s crucial to stay active during Autumn and Winter too. If cold and rainy weather bothers you, join a gym or exercise at home, but do it regularly (at least 3 days a week).
To help you figure out a healthy, tasty and weight-loss-promoting diet, we have prepared an example of what your diet should look like, a sample menu for a day:
Breakfast: overnight oats with plain yogurt, chia seeds, blueberries, an apple and a handful of almonds. If you absolutely need your breakfast to taste sweet, add one tablespoon of raw honey.
Snack: Salted pumpkin seeds.
Lunch: Baked fish fillet (salmon, trout or cod) with baked sweet potato, with olive oil and lemon juice and a big bowl of steamed green veggies.
Dessert: Apples with cinnamon.
Dinner: Brown rice with black beans, cooked broccoli and a big bowl of green salad.
Dessert: Cinnamon baked pumpkin.