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  • Writer's pictureMARIA PIERI

Are you feeling more hungry in winter?

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

You are not alone! In winter, our body is low in Vitamin D because of the decreased sunlight and low vitamin D drops serotonin levels.Serotonin is the hormone of ‘happy mood’ and when the body is low in serotonin is seeking ways to increase serotonin levels and one way is through diet. Low serotonin levels lead to carbohydrate cravings! Also the cold weather increase your appetite as the body temperature drops when it’s cold.

Be careful! Cold weather itself does NOT increase calorie needs! You don't burn extra calories unless your body temperature drops and you start to shiver!

How to avoid winter weight⁉️

  1. Eat a high protein breakfast! (Many people’s breakfasts tend to be carb heavy and nutrient poor, often consisting of sugary cereals and toast. Studies have shown that consuming a high protein breakfast can help improve appetite control, food intake, and body composition).

  2. Exercise! (We spend longer indoors and move less in winter months. Exercise is key to maintaining a healthy weight and our general fitness.)

  3. Aim for two pieces of fruit and at least five portions of veg a day. (A rainbow of different colours.)

  4. Switch to fibre-rich wholegrain rice, bread and pasta.

  5. Include good quality protein each time you eat (such as eggs, nuts, seeds, fish, seafood, lentils, beans, chickpeas, meat, quinoa or fermented tofu).

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