Health Fact or Fiction: Winter Leads to Weight Gain and Increased Appetite
By Charmaine Gooden
“Winter weight gain is definitely a FACT, not a myth,” says Rose Reisman, an author, health and wellness consultant (www.artoflivingwell.ca), and Registered Nutritional Consultant from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. “To be fair to yourself there are real reasons you’re hungrier; it’s not just about self control,” she explains. One of the reasons may be the lack of daylight which can cause a reduction in the serotonin, the “feel good” hormone in your brain. Reduced levels of serotonin leaves you feeling lethargic, leading to inactivity and thus weight gain. Reisman adds that winter, starting with Thanksgiving and ending with Christmas and New Years, tends to be a festive time with friends, family and colleagues. The common denominator is always food and drink which are not always healthy: deep fried foods, excess butter, cheese, sauces and decadent desserts. These are a landmine of calories, fat and sodium.