All about Che, you're thinking - it's the food? A habit to check the refrigerator every half an hour had already become manic? We found five reasons why winter is constantly hungry.
1. The body requires more energy to "heating?
What happens: it is necessary to say that the climatic conditions in which a person is forced to exist, not only affect his lifestyle, but in general to all processes in the body. Thus, residents of northern latitudes need more energy to maintain normal body temperature because the thermometer is often lowered, rather than raised. Therefore, you should only freeze as will constant feeling of hunger and the hand itself will be pulled to the refrigerator. In addition, winter, alas, not the most pleasant time to walk, so people in this season is more like a bear who wants to quickly hibernate and send to all the fat that is eaten.
How to deal: not m?rznite! Yes, now is the moment when the clothes must not only comply with the fashion trends, as the weather outside. Before you put on something, ask yourself: "There where I go, I will be in this heat?". "Yes" - the only answer that is received. And if the prospect of wearing several layers of clothing you categorically do not like, make sure you buy the "right" set of thermal underwear. Layers less, and the body warmer. In addition, take care about the temperature at home and in the office: avoid drafts and try to ventilate the room first, and only then start to work in it. And the main thing - to move more. Find a compromise: if you are not such a fan of sports exercises on the open frosty air, Train indoors - either at home or in a gym nearby. And of course, regardless of the thermometer every morning to start charging.
2. Metabolism slows
What happens: the metabolic rate slows down in the winter, the body enters a power saving mode, trying to as the "reserve" can be longer postponed. So the constant feeling of hunger - absolutely natural physiological phenomenon. Therefore, a bad idea now - is to sit on a diet and severely restrict your diet. The body will not give so easy to part with the necessary body fat to it, so the first thing he will burn it muscle mass, and only then extra weight.
How to deal: try to eat at least five times a day and as much as possible to move. Prefer only useful products, accelerating metabolism, and only the physical exercises that give pleasure (grueling and intense stress leave until spring). In addition, now is the time to dilute the usual training process of winter sports available just a few months a year. Skiing, skating, snowboarding - the perfect winter looks that way.
3. The short daylight hours
What happens: the day becomes shorter, dark early. And eternal life in the dark is different. The fact that melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleep-wake synchronization) is synthesized in the dark, so in the winter because of the eternal twilight, he starts to be developed well before the usual bedtime. Thus, a person the whole day feeling sleepy and sluggish, and at night due to jet lag, on the other hand - often can not sleep. As a result of developing chronic insomnia and depression, which is accompanied by a constant feeling of hunger.
How to deal: the more light into your living space during the day, the easier it will move eternal darkness outside the window. This is the rare case where you can safely go to extremes, and include all the lights at once. A delayed production of melatonin significantly reduced if you have at least one hour will be carried out on the street in the daytime. This hour outdoors much will reduce the number of hungry desires and deliver us from the compulsion to bite something. But night comes the other extreme - you need to sleep in total darkness, and then, in the bedroom should not have any irritants and all that can disturb your sleep.
This is very important because the lack of sleep not only leads to depression and apathy, but also to an increase in ghrelin hormone level (it stimulates the appetite), a decrease of leptin (satiety depends on it). Try to sleep at least eight hours, or further away from the refrigerator than a meter, it will be impossible. If you regularly fail to get enough sleep, take a look, maybe to blame some wrong habits or improper posture for sleep.
4. The fluid deficit
What happens in winter is not so much want to drink in the summer, but it does not mean that in the cold season the body requires less fluid. Year-round air conditioning in offices and incandescent batteries in the flats make the air more land, increasing water loss. But the problem is that there are no signals about the need to make up for the water balance of the body does not transmit as the cold sensation of thirst. A lack of water often masquerades as hunger, and instead of drinking a glass of water, a person starts eating.
How to deal: if you want to have, but you know that the last meal has been recently, drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. It is possible that your body simply does not have enough fluid. To avoid becoming a victim of this confusion, try to maintain the water balance on a daily basis.
5. Seasonal blues
What happens: the sun, in principle, a rare visitor in our area, and the number of sunny days in winter you can count on one hand (alas, one hand). Meanwhile, thanks to UV in our body produces vitamin D, which is essential to the production of other important substances - serotonin (hormone of happiness). Plus do not forget about the off-season stress factors, such as the permanent rush, frantic pace of work, neuroses and fears. We spend a lot of energy to keep up with everything, and so much experience, when something does not work. As a result, instead of the happiness hormone the body begins to vigorously produce stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline), which send a signal to the brain that the person is in danger, and in urgent need of energy recharge. Besides serotonin can be obtained from food - this requires products containing glucose and the amino acid tryptophan. Once in the body, these substances stimulate hormone production enhanced. But the brain quickly gets used to it, and in the case of depression immediately requires carbohydrate foods to quickly make up for the hormone deficiency. As a result, human reason always want to eat.
How to deal: most of tryptophan found in chicken, turkey, fish, lean meats, cheeses, eggs, cereals and nuts. Include them in your diet as often as possible, you will get rid of the feeling of hunger caused by a bad mood. But the consumption of foods high in carbohydrates is better to take control - no pastries, cakes and chocolates, try to get glucose from plant foods (fortunately, fruits and vegetables are now available all year round). Finally, try to discover other sources of pleasure - a walk, exercise, your favorite music and communicate with loved ones. Winter - a time when we need more than ever in the warmth, not only physical, but also mental.