don't let the cold weather make you eat more


In cold weather we often can not resist appetite. Is it because of the basic instinct that we need more carbohydrates and fats to survive in the cold? Or because in winter, livestock has a lot of meat so the availability of meat in the market increases and we are tempted by it?

Here are some theories that explain why our weight tends to rise as more eat in the cold rainy season.

Hungry carbohydrates? It could be that you are experiencing SAD

If during cold weather, you really want to eat carbohydrate-based foods such as pasta, noodles, cakes, sponges, donuts and the like, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a kind of temporary emotional disturbance that occurs during cold winters. At that time, people will tend to feel depressed and sad. This is a normal thing and you need not worry. Many studies reveal, high-fat diet and fatty foods can encourage the production of happy hormones. That is why, people suffering from SAD have a strong desire to consume donuts and steaks.

To keep your diet from falling apart in cold weather, multiply the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids from natural sources such as marine fish. Omega-3 has been shown to have the ability to improve mood while the protein will help you satiate longer. If you still want to eat pasta and cheese, for example, choose a whole wheat pasta and add a few pieces of low fat chicken breast or eggs as a source of protein. Add vegetables as a source of vitamins and fiber. If what you want is a kind of dessert, try a cup of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate can increase the level of good fat in the blood, as well as improve mood. Studies from Yale University say, something warm like a hot bath or drinking hot drinks can make a person feel happier and not too lonely.

Cloudy day means more eating

The tendency to overeat during cold weather may be caused by biological problems. Ira Ockene, MD, a cardiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, says that the tendency to eat more in cold weather, is a primitive impulse to store fat as a 'weapon' in order to survive the cold. As we know, fat is the source of calories and heat for the body.

A 2005 study published in the journal Nature found that the diet of living things varies from season to season, as does weight. The researchers found that the study participants consumed an average of 86 calories more per day in the winter than during hot summer season. At the time of cold air, the participants also consume more fat. Meanwhile, the level of physical activity reached the lowest level when the air was cold. The study also says that lack of light encourages us to find food and eat more quickly.

Not a biological issue

However, according to some scientists, weight gain in the cold season is only a product of the environment, not a biological problem. For example in our country, the end of the year is a long holiday. This will encourage people to euphorize the holidays, one of which is to eat more often in restaurants, with more diverse menus and more numbers.

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