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HOW TO AVOID GREASING IN THE COLD MONTHS

HOW TO AVOID GREASING IN THE COLD MONTHS


Year after year, we fall back: when the temperatures drop, we begin to put on layers of stuff and even before realizing, we put on extra pounds, especially on the hips and thighs. In this blog post we explain why it is precisely in winter that we tend to put on weight; and also, we give you some advice to avoid it.

WHY DO WE TRY TO TAKE WEIGHT IN WINTER?

There are several reasons:

Holidays: Christmas, New Year, the Befana, in winter there is no respite. We are subjected to an exaggerated amount of food, sweets and alcohol to which it is really difficult to resist. All the calories consumed these days accumulate on the flanks.
It's so good inside the house: autumn and winter are times when inside the house is good and many people prefer to stay at home on the couch, wrapped in the cover. It is very easy to say no to a race or a bike ride, or even go to the gym in cold weather, there is wind or even snow.
Seasonality: it might seem strange, but it is true that during the cold months we eat more than in spring and summer. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that there are differences in calorie intake, exercise and weight depending on the season. We tend to take 100 calories more in winter than we take in summer. Furthermore, we also consume more saturated fats. Researchers also found that activity levels are lower in winter (and as a result, more is eaten).
So how can you avoid getting fat in winter?

5 TIPS TO AVOID GREASING IN WINTER

1. TAKE TIME TO COOK
We know that, especially when working, you don't always have time to prepare a good lunch or a good dinner but spending more time in the kitchen could help you: John Hopkins University in Baltimore conducted a study on the correlation between weight loss and better supply. As a result, people who cook at home during the week tend to consume fewer calories, sugars and fats than those who eat out more often. This is why it is better to take time on Sunday to cook.

2. TAKE SMART DECISIONS

Following a balanced diet during cold seasons does not mean having to give up variety. There are lots of tasty and colorful foods that can liven up your winter.

When you have to choose what to eat, fill up on proteins and foods rich in carbohydrates with a high fiber content and foods rich in good fats.

If you eat in a balanced way, from time to time you can also give yourself some "sgarro" but always in moderation, for example a piece of dark chocolate.

3. TRAINING OUTDOOR

Strengthening the immune system is not the only reason why it is better to do outdoor sports. Running (or doing other endurance sports) during the colder months makes us burn more calories. The reason is that in the human body there are two types of fat: white fat and brown fat. It is in white type fat that fat from what we eat in the form of energy accumulates. It is what accumulates under the skin and is responsible for example for love handles.

Brown fat, on the other hand, can generate heat with the oxidation of fatty acids (thermogenesis). In the past it was believed that only newborn babies had brown tissue whereas now we know that even adults have active brown fat cells.

So training outdoors in the cold would help activate brown fat, awaken the metabolism and burn more calories accordingly.

4. VARY YOUR WORKOUTS

If it's really cold or raining outside, you could try to train indoors so you can vary your workouts. You can work out as soon as you wake up, for example, take an hour of Bikram Yoga or even go swimming. Try to do new things.

5. SLEEP IN SUFFICIENCY

It is scientifically proven that people who sleep little tend to gain weight. However, researchers are not sure what the exact cause is. Researchers are focusing on how little sleep affects appetite, exercise and thermoregulation. Especially in winter you need more sleep due to the loss of sunlight available during the day. The consequence is the lack of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep waking cycles and makes you feel tired.

Especially during the winter months, try to sleep more if you need; it will be important not only to feel more fit but also to train at maximum energy and sleep even better after training.

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