Cold, ally or enemy?

Everyone, at some given time of the year, feels that the clothing is momentarily reduced, but is it possible that this situation has an explanation? Beyond the social, there are months that influence the possibility of gaining weight.

According to the expert Alber Lecube, coordinator of the Obesity Group of the Spanish Society of Endocinology and Nutrition (SEEN), in the summer vacations the people raise approximately three kilos; this due to the abandonment of habits.

However, it is the winter season, which includes from December 21 to March 20, where people gain more weight.


Cold, ally or enemy?

The Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity notes that the decrease in ambient temperature (winter) increases Basal Metabolism, which burns more calories; But, there are factors that contribute to reducing this benefit.

In this time, not only parties or celebrations influence the weight. There are changes in your body and external factors that make you gain weight. Discover them!

1. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). According to the nutrition specialist, Melina Jampoli s, the APR that affects between 1% and 3% of the population, is linked to an increase in appetite and carbohydrate cravings, which are probably consumed in the form of "comfort foods". This is probably due to changes in brain chemistry caused by the change in seasons and alterations in the circadian rhythm, the body's biological clock, and is more frequent in winter.

2. Use of heating. A study published by the magazine Obesity Reviews, He revealed that abusing heating in the winter could be contributing to the increase in obesity. This is because decreasing exposure to cold reduces the need to consume energy to stay warm and reduces the body's ability to produce heat.

3. Decrease in vitamin D. Although it is present in some foods (such as fatty fish, seafood, eggs or dairy), it is generated, at least 90%, when we take the sun, so its levels are usually lower in winter. A study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, It indicates that there is a relationship between a lack of vitamin D and an increase in body fat.

The most important thing to avoid gaining weight and maintaining it throughout the year is to try to implement healthy habits, such as regular exercise and having a balanced diet. Beware!

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