Is winter weight gain, or “winter fat,” a cultural expectation to indulge in high calorie foods during the long winter months or really necessary when the season brings plunging temperatures?
Mark Brumm, M. D., Family Medicine in Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare says, “ There is some evidence that a small amount of subcutaneous (between skin and muscle) fat may reduce the amount of heat you lose, but it is not enough to keep you warmer. It’s more likely that it is a cultural phenomenon to have heartier foods rather than it being a physiological response.”
Brumm adds, “Keep eating healthy. Eating healthy is the first step in maintaining your weight during winter.”
If you keep in mind that everything in moderation is acceptable and if you exercise regularly you can avoid gaining that dreaded winter fat.