Come winter, many of us would rather stay home and enjoy hot soups and meaty casseroles than venture to the gym.
But there may be an easier way to kick start your diet during these colder months and save yourself packing on the kilos.
The tried and tested cabbage soup diet is making a comeback, with dieters and dietitians alike
The humble cabbage soup could help kick start your winter diet, dietitians claim (stock image)
Australian dietitian Julie Gilbert told 9News the soup should be eaten on its own for three days, and then other foods can be added.
‘If we can spice it up and add some variety, you’ll probably find that people will be able to continue it for a few extra days,’ she said.
After three days, include chicken and brown rice to the meal, while eating fruit and vegetables during the day.
While the main ingredients are cabbage, mushrooms, onions, celery and tinned tomatoes, modern variations include packet onion soup and chilli, for extra flavour.
The soup is low-calorie but high in fibre, which will keep you satiated for longer.
A large pot of soup should last seven days, and while the same meal for a week sounds monotonous, the possibility of losing six kilos is motivation enough.
The soup is low-calorie but high in fibre, which will keep you satiated for longer (stock image)
A big pot of cabbage soup should last seven days and help you shed six kilos (stock image)
‘This is a diet you can kick start your winter weight loss program certainly not something to do over whole of winter,’ Ms Gilbert said.
During winter, 38 per cent of Australian women are expected to gain five kilos, according to the Dietitians Association of Australia.
That percentage is even higher for men, with 53 per cent expected to put on winter kilos.