Nearly four in ten women and one in two men will gain up to 5kg during winter, according to the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Thanks to blankets, soups and takeaways, most of us can expect to pack on a few pounds over the chilly months due to the extra kilojoules, saturated fat and sugar.

“Fatty takeaway foods are tempting in winter, when all you feel like doing is curling up under a blanket with a comfort food in hand,” DAA Spokesperson Charlene Grosse said.

“When it comes to takeaways and fast foods, extra kilojoules can creep in easily. This makes it really difficult if you’re trying to eat well and avoid winter weight gain.”

Ms Grosse recommends packing winter staples like casseroles and soups with vegetables, lean protein and legumes for a hearty but healthy meal, rather than reaching for the phone to order takeaway.

Obesity research shows that once weight is put on, it is very difficult to get it off and keep it off.