Craving and eating more food during winter? Don’t worry, you are not alone! According to Laura Cipullo, RD, author of The Body Clock Diet, the winter months trigger a biological change that makes us inclined to eat more and more energy-dense food as winter approaches.

According to Forbes there are 5 reasons why you might eat more during winter.

Heat up

As temperatures drop, our bodies burn more calories to heat us up. Therefore, we tend to gravitate more to calorie-dense foods.

Solution:

Hot drinks and food like coffee, tea, and broth-based soups will warm our bodies from the inside out, making you less likely to gravitate to calorie-dense foods

Less active

By trying to avoid the cold outdoors, we are less likely to maintain an exercise routine. This leads to a tendency to eat more since the less active we are, the more likely we are to fill up time by eating.

Solution:

Being conscious of small ways to be more active like taking the stairs, walking to places that are close, standing instead of sitting could help you burn a few extra calories during the day.

Dehydration

We tend to sweat as much during winter as the other seasons due to heaters, and warm clothing which can lead our bodies to become more easily dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to overeating as our body’s natural response to dehydration is often confused with hunger.

Solution:

Drinking hot teas and soups will count toward your daily fluid intake but remember to watch out for symptoms of dehydration like thirst, headaches, muscle cramping, and darker urine color and volume.

Winter blues

Many people experience a period of despondency during the colder seasons and are more likely to seek comfort from food, and also calorie-dense foods.

Solution:

Take up activities that make you happy instead of sitting on the couch and eating a box of chocolate to drown your winter sorrows. Hit the gym, take a nice long walk, and try to eat healthy as these all release endorphins that make you happy.

Setting up for failure

Many of us go into winter already believing we will gain weight, setting ourselves up for failure and overeating. The way we think dictates what we choose to eat. Having a negative mindset going into winter could lead to bad food choices.

Solution:

Prepare your mind for positive thinking. Planning your meals and daily workouts will all contribute to a healthy mindset. Also adjusting your mindset to avoid scenarios that can lead to overeating is a good start.