The urge to eat more when the weather gets cold is
ingrained in our DNA. Avoid bulking up with these tips for tricking mother
When it comes to avoiding overeating in the wintertime, the struggle is real. Science even says so. Researchers predicted that, given the opportunity, all animals, including us, would overeat to store fat during times when food is generally scarce during the winter months. So yes, those office pantry cupcakes and cookies? Nearly irresistible to your primitive brain… What’s do we do when food availability isn’t an issue but the urge to overeat is? The trick is getting your brain to think it’s getting what it wants and everything is going to be okay, and here’s how:
Your body is craving comfort foods and a feeling of fullness. Soups,
stews, and chilis all fit the bill and can be made with ingredients that are
included on our program. Hot, liquid foods like soups take longer to eat than
other foods and also make you feel fuller so you’ll be satisfied with an
appropriate amount of food.
Fresh crisp salads sort of lose their appeal when it’s freezing outside, but that doesn’t mean you stop feeling satisfied by healthful, filling veggies. Just roast ‘em! When you roast vegetables, their flavour becomes concentrated and their natural sugars caramelize, so they are scrumptiously and richly satisfying. Just toss in melted coconut oil and roast at 200 degrees.
Draw out your meals
Instead of fighting the urge to eat, prolong you’re eating experience. Start with a course of side of veggies. Then later in the evening, sit down to a bowl of soup or warm steak and spinach salad with a warm dressing. You won’t overeat by spreading your meal out and your urge to keep eating will be satisfied.
Protein is a must
Protein with every meal is a must. Protein takes your body longer to digest, and promote satiety, so you’re less likely to overeat. Aim for about 40-percent protein, and 60-percent carbohydrates in the form of veggies that are allowed on our program.
Spice it up
Warm spices like cayenne pepper, cinnamon and clove, as well as garlic and ginger, can make your meals more satisfying and give your metabolism a bit of a bump—both of which help fend off overeating and winter flab.
Be a light seeker
The lack of sunlight during the shorter days of winter can trigger a drop in the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, which in turn can lead to carb binges as you try to give your brain a chemical boost. Spend time near sunny windows and take some time to walk outside in the sunshine to get your dose of Vitamin D.