Last updated on Jan 15th, 2021 at 01:56 pm

3 Reasons for winter weight gain

It might feel like we gain more weight around our midsection over wintertime – in comparison to the rest of the year.

There are a couple of reasons for this…

  1. Darkness. Melatonin, a hormone triggered by darkness makes us feel sleepy and this could increase our cravings for food to give us energy.

  2. Unhappiness. In winter we tend to develop ennui – a lower level of happiness, especially when it’s cold, rainy and dark outside. This is when we are twice as likely to reach for comfort food to cheer ourselves up.

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  3. Less vitamin D. Researchers suggest the lack of vitamin D from sunshine lowers the body’s ability to break down fats, and triggers fat storage. So a lot of the calories you consume from fat are stored instead of being used for energy.

Tips

  • Eat more oily fish and get outside for 20 minutes when the sun shines, to boost your vitamin D.

  • Increase your exercise to rev up your energy levels and get those feel-good endorphins flowing.

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Source: DailyMail

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