IF you’d rather go straight back into hibernation than face the thought of skin-revealing summer dresses and tops, you’re not alone. But rather than rue the legacy of winter’s wreckage, take action now. Paula Galvão of Eden Life Wellness Clinic shares 10 tips help you shed that winter weight and step into spring. Remember your intake of water Drinking around two litres of water a day assists with weight loss, because water is an essential part of the fat burning process. Added to this, the pathways for thirst and hunger are very closely located inside the brain, which means that if you don’t heed thirst signals, your body will create hunger pangs so that you can get the water you need from food. Reduce your alcohol intake Alcohol increases your appetite, because it affects your judgment – which means that the salty, sugary snacks you would usually say no to become impossible to resist. Start off slowly Instead of committing to a dramatic exercise regime, start with a programme you can maintain, such as walking, swimming or Pilates. Even gardening can be beneficial. You’re more likely to stick to an activity if you enjoy it. Focus on your protein content This is especially important at supper and lunchtime. Protein helps to reduce carbohydrate cravings. Add flavour to your cooking with spices Just one teaspoon of Tabasco sauce can overcome the effects of 12 teaspoons of sugar. Other spices which work well are garlic, cayenne pepper and turmeric. These have well known antioxidant properties. Stick an old photo of yourself, looking your best, on the fridge It’s the best inspiration, because you’re aspiring to the best you can be, and not someone else’s personal best.Envisage having more energyWeight loss immediately translates into vigour. Never skip breakfast It’s the most important meal of the day. We recommend waiting until 10 o’clock to eat breakfast; an earlier breakfast spikes your morning insulin levels, leading to that urge to binge between three and five o’clock. Eat low fat food rather than fat free food Your body needs a small amount of fat to make you feel full. — W24.