Why Winter Training Pays Off
Unfortunately, for many of us, when the weather gets colder and the nights get longer, our mood goes down and our weight goes up. Here’s the motivation you need to kick off your winter training and set a seasonal best.
WHAT’S CAUSING YOUR WINTER WEIGHT GAIN
Winter weight gain is a thing, but don’t worry – it’s not the 2kg pile-on that we read about in magazines. Actually, the average weight gain over the winter season is a mere 0.48kg. (1) The problem is, these extra pounds stick around. They don’t disappear during the summer months and, over time, can lead to obesity.(1, 2)
The cause of winter weight gain is debated, but the evidence points at two key factors; lifestyle and biology. It’s no surprise that in the winter months we prefer to cuddle up inside and put away our running shoes. Add to that the heavy meals, chocolate and alcohol we consume during the holidays, and you have a recipe for weight gain.
BIOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF WINTER WEIGHT GAIN
The biological origins of our cold season kilos are much deeper: We humans possess an innate drive to gain weight as a way of surviving food scarcity. (3) Historically this was worse in the winter months. The risk of overeating wasn’t a concern back then. Now we have to…
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