Why You Get Fat In The Winter?
Winter months are often a time when people eat a lot of food and get fat. Could one of the reasons be that we just have holidays where we stuff ourselves beyond normal satiation? Think about wild mammals in the winter months. The wolf in Yellowstone National Park is actually the skinniest in the winter months when food supply is scarce and the body’s engines are constantly giving off heat to keep the wolf warm. The body has to burn energy reserves (AKA, Fat) in order to create infrared heat to warm you up. This process in done in the mitochondria, the engines of the cells.
In winter months, light cycles are the lowest which means the power density of the sun is low and there is more dark. The amount of food that grows is scarce relative to the summer months. Fruits and vegetables are plentiful in the summer months because the power density of the sun is high and it powers photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the source of food for the entire food web. CO2 + H2O + UV Sunlight makes = (plant sugars etc…) Carbon Dioxide, plus, water, plus UltraViolet Sunlight makes plants. Therefore, consider this. Should someone in Quebec be eating a papaya in the winter months? The answer is an emphatic no. Not only do papayas not grow in Quebec, they definitely don’t grow during winter months. They only grow in equatorial planes where the power density of the sun is always high 12 months per year. Just because you can go to whole foods in the winter and get bananas, papayas, kiwis etc… doesn’t mean you should eat them.
What should you eat and when should you eat are the correct questions to ask.
TIPS TO LOSE WEIGHT IN THE WINTER MONTHS.
1. Eat only when the sun is out / light outside.
2. Eat in the morning and less throughout the day, or eat one larger meal 4-5 hours before bed. This is a form of intermittent fasting. Its better to eat in the morning and fast early evening to the following morning than fast later in the evening and not eat until 12 or 1pm.
3. Eat only water grows in your local environment. Check with your local farmers. JBG Farms is a good go to in Austin. Johnsons Backyard Garden a great organic farm in Austin.
4. Stay away from starches and anything that comes in a box, can or is manufactured. Eat only REAL food. If it grows, walks or swims.
5. Do not eat after 6pm, for best results last meal at 4 or 5pm. Do not snack.
6. Eat a higher fat and protein based diet in the winter. Carbohydrates are sparse in the winter anyhow.
7. Drink loads of spring water, absolutely no fluoridated water.
8. Watch the sunrise barefoot for 5-10 mins in the morning.
9. Walking in the cold weather for 45 min to an hour daily is highly recommended.
10. Using bright lights(LEDs) after the sun goes down at night can stimulate an increase in cortisol and decrease melatonin. It also can make you insulin resistance just by being exposed to bad lighting chronically at night. This makes you fat.