Does Winter Make You Fat?

Winter is a time when a lot of us are wearing more clothes to keep warm. We are also eating more warming foods but not always the right warming foods! Sometimes, we turn to comfort foods which means lots of calorie-laden foods, like sausage rolls, creamy hot chocolates, hot chips, etc. By the way, I personally have extra creamy hot chocolate at least once per day in winter but mine is a healthy version made on raw cacao and without all the sugar that you will find in the store-bought ones.

For many, this means weight gain.  Oh no!

Many people also start going into hibernation mode when the temperatures start to drop.  They eat heavier foods. They gain (more) weight. They cozy up and hunker down. The reality is many people give up their exercise program in winter.ditch diet

Holy more weight gain!  Continuous months of indulging and mindless eating and drinking without any exercise is going to send you into a tizzy when summer comes and you remove the bulky clothing as you start to get ready for days by the beach or pool.

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.

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 brisk walk. Personally, I love exercise in winter. It’s summer that I sometimes find it harder to be motivated for exercise so that’s when I switch my exercise routine around to long walks on the beach.

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, Mandarins, 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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