Have you always wondered why come winter, you tend to gain more weight than usual or start developing a paunch?
If so, you are not alone. Gaining weight during winter is common in most people and it is a normal thing.
From comfort eating to lack of vitamin D, there are a number of factors that influence your winter season’s weight gain.
In this article let us understand the reasons for this weight gain and ways to combat it.
One of the most important and common reasons for weight gain during the winters is because our body uses up the reserved energy to keep the body warm.
As we quickly deplete our energy resources, we refill by eating more or often.
As a result of this overindulgence in food, we tend to gain weight more in winter than in other seasons.
Also, the blood sugar levels tend to drop by midnight, resulting in us turning to our comfort food or snack before sleep. The snacking is again high in calories and usually contains fat, eventually triggering weight gain.
One way to prevent this is by ensuring your body is warm through other means like layering up properly and keep a track of what you eat.
You spend more time in your bed
Most of us are guilty of this reason. Come winter, we tend to spend more time in bed than hopping out of it and being physically active.
Yes, the bed is the coziest place you can ever find, however, it is a prime reason to cut down on your physical activities.
The winter season also brings with it a seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression due to lack of sunlight. Also, your body releases more melatonin, the sleep hormone, during winters.
The only way to prevent this is to hop out of the bed as soon as the alarm goes and try getting some physical activity.
Not noticing the extra flab
To keep our body warm during winter, we usually wear a lot of layers. This in turn covers the fact that our body is or has gained weight.
As a result, we tend to gain more weight while we are oblivious to the very fact.
To overcome such issues, stop depending on your physical appearance to notice the changes. Get a weighing scale and make a habit of tracking your body weight on a regular basis.
Tracking weight also motivates you to eat right and be more physically active.
That extra peg
It is not uncommon to have a glass or two of your favorite rum to beat the cold.
However, what starts with one peg quickly turns into more and even a bottle.
While drinking alcohol regularly or of that quantity is unhealthy and harmful, it is also a common reason for weight gain.
Remember that alcohol is filled with empty calories. It means, that it is completely devoid of any nutrition and comes with plain calories that result in you gaining weight.
Stop depending on alcohol to keep your body warm, and find other alternatives like drinking hot water or eating foods that keep you warm.
Studies show that lack or deficiency in vitamin D can trigger weight gain. As the sun is mostly behind the clouds during the winters, it is hard for your body to source vitamin D. As a result you gain weight.
The workaround to this is to eat foods that are rich in vitamin D, like salmon, mushrooms, egg yolks, etc. Or, you may also take supplements to boost your vitamin D requirements.
Well, this goes without saying that inactivity will make you gain weight.
We understand that the cold winter days make you stay indoors most of the time or skip your outdoor run or walk. However, the only way to avoid this is to motivate yourselves and continue doing what you do during other seasons.
If you find it hard to run outside, go to a gym and workout.
The cold weather urges us to reach out to our favorite and warm comfort food more often. This comfort food is usually filled with unnecessary calories and as a result, makes us gain weight.
The next time you want to eat junk, try switching it with a healthier alternative or eating whole foods and foods that satiate your hunger effectively and keeps you full for longer.