Does Winter Make You Fat?

Does Winter Make You Fat?

As fall comes to a close, most people are squeezing in as much shopping for the holiday season as they can squeeze in to avoid the rush.

And being the start of the holiday season, this is a time when there are lots of calorie-laden foods, like egg nog, gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and cookies.

For many, this means 2 months of overeating heavy dinners and desserts.

Winter is all the time when people start going into hibernation mode.  To stay warm, your body will naturally crave heavier foods. And the more weight you add on, the less motivated you are to move your body. Instead, your find yourself cozying up to a good book in bed, or a Netflix binge.

And of course, there are the many holiday parties that start after Thanksgiving leading up to Christmas.  Work parties, family parties, drinks with your girlfriends, neighborhood potlucks, Yankee swaps.  The list goes on. And just when you think it will slow down, Christmas arrives, leading you into New Year’s Eve, and topping it off with Valentines Day.

Holy more weight gain!  

Continuous months of indulging and mindless eating and drinking.

So, how are you going to handle the arrival of winter?

Fear not. Winter is a great time to detox, leading into the lightness of spring.

For starters, don’t forget to get your vitamin D.  The days get their shortest come winter.  Researchers at Aberdeen University found that obese people had 10% less vitamin D than people of average weight. The study also found that excess body fat absorbed vitamin D so the body couldn’t use it. Scientists now believe that there is a direct correlation between obesity and low levels of vitamin D.

With that, get out there, even in the cold, and get your sunshine, if only for 10 minutes per day.

Next, remember that movement creates a snowball effect. The more your move, the more you’ll want to continue. It’s the getting started that’s hard…

So get off your bum and start moving, with the confidence that once you build the habit, it will feel easier and easier. This can be as simple as taking a walk out in the snowy terrain.

Sometimes you may not feel like it due to the cold weather, but hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Enjoy winter foods. Move toward the more warming winter foods and also emphasize the more warming spices and seasonings including ginger and peppercorns.

Here is a list of the seasonal foods of winter:

Avocado, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Endive, Escarole, Fennel, Grapefruit, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kale, Kiwi, Kohlrabi, Kumquats, Leeks, Lemons, Mandarin Oranges, Onions, Oranges, Parsnips, Pears, Persimmons, Potatoes, Radicchio, Rutabaga, Satsumas, Shallots, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, Turnips, Winter Squash*

Enjoy them all.  Try new things.  Just remember, don’t let the couch lure you into curling up with the unhealthy comfort foods like creamy soups or mac and cheese.

*These were found using the following link, where you can learn more about seasonal produce:  http://localfoods.about.com/od/whatsinseason/a/WinterFruitVeg.htm

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