Celebrity trainer’s tips to beat winter weight gain

JJ Virgin

If winter weather and holiday indulgences have you feeling less than svelte, try these tips from one of our favourite fitness and nutrition experts, JJ Virgin. She is the co-star of TLC’s hit series Freaky Eaters and the author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy:

 
·        Shiver! Your body has to work hard to warm you up, which means a significant boost your metabolism. Brave the elements a few minutes each day to work it out more.
 
·        Sleep longer. Take advantage of the shorter days by racking up the ZZZs. Go for eight to nine hours each night, rather than squeezing in the bare minimum of seven. 
 
·        Reinvent comfort food.  Dust off that crock pot, grab some organic veggies or chicken broth, lentils, non-starchy veggies (onions, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli) and some diced cooked chicken or turkey, and let it all slow-cook while you’re at work. Spice it up with an Italian seasoning blend, and you will have a high fiber, protein-rich meal. You can even take it to work in a thermos the next day.
 
·        Wear waistbands. Either get the “fat clothes” you hide in the back of your closet tailored, or give them to someone who needs them. Wear waistbands every week to keep you on the straight and narrow. A month of yoga pants can lead to disaster.
 
·        Plan a holiday. Even if it’s just a weekend escape, go to a warm weather locale in January or February that will require swimsuits and skimpy attire so that you have to stay bikini-ready!
 
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