06 Jan Cold Weather: The Newest Fat Burner?
It’s time to debunk the myth that winter and weight gain go hand in hand. Our Western culture perpetuates this trend, as most people hibernate between work and feast on heavy, calorie-dense, comfort food. Gym memberships go unused and orders for Starbucks white chocolate mochas skyrocket. Weight gain and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) take hold, causing depression, fatigue and insecurities; yet, the culprit isn’t the season, but rather the lazy mindset and behavioral patterns that people exhibit for several months.
And what happens in spring? Sugar addictions and lack of motivation for exercise carry over into warmer weather, urging most to turn to ice cream and iced white chocolate mochas. Poor lifestyles during colder months create a vicious cycle, one that becomes difficult to break free from without proper guidance and support.
New research reveals that cold temperatures may actually trigger our metabolism to convert “white fat” (the unhealthy kind) into “brown fat” (the kind that revs calorie burn). So really, we should be able to actually trim down and lose weight in colder climates. Plus, shivering burns calories effortlessly! Clearly the Western world is doing a pretty good job of screwing our bodies’ natural tendencies. By exposing the body to cold stress, “white fat” deposits may even decrease, providing hope for a possible decline in type 2 diabetes and obesity.
The take away: your body needs extra fat and protein to keep the body warm during colder temperatures, but don’t let them star on your plate.
Incorporate soups and stir-fry into the diet, using tofu, beef, chicken, beans and fish for the protein and healthy oils, such as olive, avocado, flax or hemp, for the fat. Fill the plate predominately with vegetables in order to keep the immune system high, avoid wintertime influenzas, and reap the benefits of your effortless fat burn.
Research collected from Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150105125908.htm