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- 7 Months ago
Why do we Gain Weight in Winter?
Along with chapped lips and dry skin, has weight gain become another issue that winter brings to you? Gaining weight is a natural phenomenon in winter. Wonder why? Here are a few reasons...
- Do you skip your morning workouts as the sun is still not up on your head? Blame it on lack of exposure to sun! We are in our office before the sun is up and reach home after the sunset. We are barely exposed to sunlight in winter and in turn lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D from sun rays mobilizes calcium to give strength to our bones and lubrication to start moving. We go overboard on hot coffees in winter which also hampers calcium absorption. This is also the reason why you feel your knees go numb and have back pain or joint pain due to cold weather.
- Low absorption of calcium and minerals especially during winter also brings down our satiety levels. So if you crave for pakodas or eat more in winter, do not worry. Your body is preparing to welcome winter.
- When your body is in distress or not comfortable with the temperature outside, it naturally starts storing fat to defend from the cold weather. This protection is given by the adipose tissue i.e. fat cells beneath the skin, to give us warmth.
So let us quickly look at a few solutions to combat these:
- Keep yourself warm with chikkis, gajak, yellu-bella (sesame-jaggery) etc. as they are high nutrition profile foods. They keep you warm. Sesame is rich in calcium too! Cut down on too many coffees and teas.
- Include lots of greens like fenugreek, spinach and a variety of vegetables like carrots, radish and peas. Keep your potatoes aside and eat seasonal veggies to increase fat burning.
- Sun bathing is the best way to keep your weight in control during winter. So try to get your dose of sunlight whenever you find time!
- Spice up your foods. Garlic, ginger and onions can help in fat burning.
- Drink plenty of water and indulge in mindful eating as your satiety is low during winter.
- Above all, exercise can keep you warm and watch your weight.
Give your lazy bones enough sunlight and get going! Our backbone was not meant for sitting!