Does Winter Make You Fat?
Does the Winter Season Make You Fat?
Winter is officially here! For many, this means weight gain.
Many people start going into hibernation mode come dropping temps. They eat heavier foods. They gain (more) weight. They cozy up and hunker down.
Over the last month there have been numerous holiday parties that we all have been attending: 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, we have New Year’s Eve next week, 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 winter?
Fear not. Winter is a great time to detox, leading into the lightness of spring.
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.
Move your booty and continue exercising regularly. It 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.
Enjoy your winter!