Baby it's cold outside and all we want is a big bowl of piping hot fries with a heart-warming burger on the side, but it's probably not best practice if we're thinking of fitting into our denim cut-offs come spring time

When the temperature dips blisteringly low all we want is The Handmaid's Tale on the box, a powerful heater blasting us with hot air and a big bowl of something from the comfort food range like a large bowl of fries, a heaving plate of mac 'n' cheese, or a lasagne with all the creamy, cheesy trimmings, but if we want to emerge from the wintry depths without a huge amount of 'excess baggage' on our bodies, the comfort food cravings have to go. Which is where sports nutritionist Peta Carige comes in. Carige has worked with a slew of top Aussie sport teams including the Australian Rugby 7s and the Waratahs Rugby Union and is the founder of online nutrition resource Functional Food Solutions, so it's fair to say she knows her nutrition.

Calling on her wealth of expert food know-how Carige lays out seven simple ways to stop those comfort food cravings in their tracks and hit pause on the extra winter kilo collection. Scroll through for Carige's top tips:

So cold, so hungry? Here’s how to stop craving comfort food this winter