Here Is Why We Tend To Overeat In Winters
With the onset of winters, we succumb to unhealthy binge eating and only end up worrying about weight gain. Here is why your body wants more food in winter
If you haven’t been able to resist that generous plate of French fries or that hot chocolate mug and insisted to have both at the same time, well then welcome to the winter season. The drop in temperature accompanied by cold winds not only compels us to layer up but also urges our bodies to binge eat unnecessarily. It's true. During those long, gloomy months you crave your favorite foods that give you comfort and various studies have shown that high-calorie and high-fat foods stimulate the brain and produce feelings of happiness.
As per researches, your genetics might be responsible for this but there are some other reasons as well. Here are 3 reasons why people overeat in winters.
1. We Are Cold:
During the winter season, when the temperature drops, our bodies tend to burn more fats to survive the cold to produce energy. Our minds, thereby instruct us to not only put on extra layers to fight off the harsh weather but also grab a calorie-loaded hot food or drink such as double chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate mochas. More easily than ever, mindful eating goes right out the window in our attempts to avoid the shivers.
2. We Suffer From Winter Blues:
Yes, winter blues are a real thing. The general sadness and lack of energy amount to winter blues. Studies suggest that a significant number of people suffer from this Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and this makes them eat more. People turn to food for some comfort during winters. Nutritionists suggest that in order to ward off this seasonal depression you must fuel up on foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like oily fish which is also a great source of lean protein. Omega-3 is known for its mood-boosting powers.
3. We Are Dealing With Dehydration:
Believe it or not, we actually sweat as much in winter as we do during other seasons. Secondly, we also tend to drink less water during the chilly weather which is quite common during the winter season. Due to the drying heat of the radiators, overdressing and bundled layers of clothing, our bodies can easily become dehydrated. This could easily lead to overeating (not to mention colds and other winter-associated illnesses) as the body’s response to dehydration is often confused with feelings of hunger.
4. We Are Less Active:
Let us admit it. During the winters we love being couch potatoes. To avoid the chilly outdoors, we decrease our movement, we avoid morning walks like the plague and less likely to maintain an exercise routine as well. Whether it’s the colder temperatures, the shorter days, or the more forgiving appearance of our warm winter wardrobes, the tendency is to eat more too. The less active we are, the more likely we are to fill that gap in time with eating way too much.
Solutions To Beat Winter Blues:
· Nutritionists suggest that in order to ward off this seasonal depression you must fuel up on foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like oily fish which is also a great source of lean protein. Omega-3 is known for its mood-boosting powers.
· Include Seasonal fruits and vegetables in your diet
· Your daily routine should include 30 minutes of exercise to remain active.
· Incorporate healthy soups and low-calorie snacks in between meals.
Your body does not need an extra thousand calories every day. Here are some of the solutions to keep weight gain at bay during the chilly weather. Portion control is also extremely important if you want your weight to be in control and avoid overeating.