When cold winter weather rolls around, it’s easy to enter a state of human hibernation that involves high-fat comfort foods, Netflix, and the couch. This seasonal state is not ideal for losing weight; layered sweaters and puffy coats can make people give up on weight loss — at least until springtime.

We’ve listed some tasty low-calorie foods to enjoy this winter that won’t leave you scrambling to drop pounds before bikini season. The following information is from Prevention. Self, and Shape.

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Brussels sprouts are at their best from September to March. Additionally, these veggies are super filling — just 10 sprouts offer 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber.


Lemons, oranges, and tangerines are all in season from November to February. These low-calorie fruits are bursting with vitamin C, which gives you energy and fights off sickness.


Both Bosc and Anjou pears are typically best during the winter season and are packed with fiber. Also, try a wintertime cactus pear.

"The antioxidants found in cactus pears have been studied for their anti-inflammatory benefits — and weight gain is considered pro-inflammatory," Stella Metsovas, a clinical nutritionist in Los Angeles, Calif., told Shape.

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This is the perfect winter breakfast. Warm, soothing oatmeal is great for weight loss because it has tons of prebiotic fiber. Also, healthy winter fruits and protein-packed nuts make a great topping for oatmeal, which adds nutritional value in addition to robust taste.


Try cooking up a pot of vegetarian chili for a filling, low-calorie, high-protein winter meal. Tons of veggies are great for you and protein from beans and legumes can fill you up without a ton of calories.


Kale grows best in cold weather and is full of nutritious things your body needs like vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium.


In general, soup has few calories but is pretty filling. Chicken is a lean meat protein and its broth is a great ingredient to have on-hand for the winter season.


Spaghetti and butternut squashes are considered winter foods and will definitely fill you up without adding too many calories to your diet. One cubed cup of the latter is only 63 calories.


Did someone say fiber? Pomegranate seeds are only in season through mid-January and are considered a “weight loss secret weapon” by Prevention.

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