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DO WE EAT MORE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS?

Winter is coming! Are you feeling hungrier, snacking, reaching for carbohydrate rich foods and experiencing cravings?

You are not alone! Studies suggest that as the days grow shorter and colder there is a tendency to consume up to 200 more calories per day!

Why?

Some researchers suggest that this increase in consumption is a biological response to the lack of sunlight which stimulates us to search for food and eat it faster.

In addition, reduced levels of vitamin D (which is synthesised by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight) have been linked to low mood. It is speculated that low vitamin D may influence serotonin production and low serotonin is linked to an increase in cravings for carbohydrates.

Or is it the cold temperature that stimulates our appetite? As the body temperature drops you might feel the urge to eat to warm yourself up with food and of course cold weather can reduce the likelihood of us exercising - who wants to go for a run in the wind and rain?

Perhaps it is nothing to do with biology, maybe it is just that there are more opportunities to indulge in carbohydrate rich foods during the winter? Halloween, Bonfire night and of course weeks and weeks of Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve festivities? These foods are associated with friends, family and celebrations, they are often linked with happy memories all of which can contribute to the likelihood of us overindulging.

In my opinion our tendency to eat more in the colder months is probably a combination of all of these factors!

Watch out for my blog next month for tips on how to avoid the seasonal weight gain and stay healthy and happy!

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