With the onset of the cold season, the diet of people always shifts towards more high-calorie foods. Unlike hot summers, when you want to eat more fresh vegetables, fruits, and generally lighter food, in winter and autumn, the body intuitively chooses more fatty and high-calorie options – for example, we crave meat more than fish, as well as starchy foods and sweets. These changes are understandable, says nutritionist, specialist in healthy nutrition, member of the Supreme Expert Council of the Department of Longevity and Quality of Life of the Academy of Social Technologies Anna Makarova.
Reasons for the accumulation of kilograms
The first reason is the body’s need to keep warm in the cold season. The need for energy is increasing. It is important here not to “hibernate”, but to control this process, otherwise we risk gaining excess weight very easily, warns Anna Makarova.
The second important reason is the lack of sunlight, on which our mood depends. A person begins to look for reasons for joy and finds them in sweets. “It is necessary to please yourself, but do not forget that we can get joy from many other things,” the nutritionist advises.
The third reason is the decrease in physical activity. When it’s cold, we want to wrap ourselves in a warm blanket and sit with a cup of tea. Compared to summer, when we try to spend as much time as possible on walks, in winter this becomes a problem for many, even for big fans of outdoor activities. Of course, physical inactivity contributes to weight gain, Anna Makarova complains.
How to be?
So that these factors, which we are not able to change, do not greatly affect your weight, always keep a balance in your diet and follow a diet, do not skip meals and try to maintain a variety of your menu, the expert advises.
The most effective way to control your diet is the world-renowned healthy plate method. Following it, maintaining three balanced, but at the same time moderate meals throughout the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – you can afford a delicious snack, even with sweets. And this is extremely important in winter, when it seems that this is the only way to pamper yourself. The main thing is not to exceed the amount – 100-150 kcal for dessert is optimal.
“Don’t worry if a couple of kilos are still typed in the winter. This is the absolute norm. Move more – do not exclude walks in the fresh air, dressed for the weather, climb stairs instead of taking the elevator, choose to walk home from work instead of a couple of stops on transport, keep an eye on nutrition, and then with the onset of heat, weight will easily return to normal, ” Anna Makarova sums up.
There are contraindications, it is necessary to consult a specialist