5 reasons why you want to eat all the time in winter

Why is he so hungry in winter? And I want so-called “comfortable” foods: hot, plentiful, and therefore high in calories. Agreement!

Seasonal depression

In winter, we are all a little sad, and this is understandable: the body does not have enough vitamin D, which it receives from the sun. Namely, vitamin D triggers the secretion of serotonin in our body, which is responsible for happiness. And if you add constant stress, anxiety, and sad TV news (oh, that dollar!) To the lack of light, then in our bodies, instead of the wonderful serotonin, only the stress hormone cortisol is “generated”. And this creates in the brain a feeling of constant danger and a need for energy recharging. The brain “knows” that serotonin can be obtained from food – for example, rich in tryptophan and glucose. To compensate for the serotonin deficiency, it “requires” food. This is how we understand our stress!

What can you do about it?

Get tryptophan from grains, nuts, eggs, lean meats, cheeses, chicken, and turkey. And strictly control your consumption of foods rich in carbohydrates: let the glucose come from plant foods (fruits and vegetables), not cakes, pastries and chocolates. Get serotonin from your favorite activities – communicating with loved ones, walking, sports.


In winter, you don’t seem to be thirsty, but the body continues to need water even if you don’t feel it. Central heating air becomes drier, which increases moisture loss. But because of the cold, there is absolutely no desire to drink. And the body “masks” its thirst for hunger, and we eat too much.

What can you do about it?

If you are hungry, check your hunger: drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. Maybe the body really wanted the water. Stay hydrated and remember to drink water every now and then. Don’t know how much water to drink per day? Read it!

Slow down metabolism

The body in cold weather all the same like thousands of years ago, slows down the metabolism, putting as much as possible “in reserve”, for a time of hunger. This is completely natural and physiological. Do not try to torment yourself with diets and try to lose weight! The body now will not give you the ability to burn fat efficiently, it is much more willing to part with muscle mass. why do you need it?

What can you do about it?

Eat often, at least 5 times a day, exercise more. Eat metabolism-boosting foods and do what you love – we’ll leave that bad, grueling cardio until spring. Catch the moment: now you can try cool sports – skiing or snowboarding. Oh, and more skates!

The body needs more energy to warm up

Climatic conditions have a profound effect on the functioning of the body. As the temperature drops, we automatically need more energy to heat the body than in the summer. If you freeze, hunger arises. In addition, the cold outside does not make you want to take a walk again. We are literally entering a real hibernation!

What can you do about it?

Don’t let yourself get cold – dress warmly. Very hot! Forget about fashion or sexy outfits for now – it’s better to do too much than not enough. If you don’t want to wear tights under your pants (legs look thick), find good thermal underwear. Inspect the temperature conditions in your office and at home – what can you do to keep it warm? Move more. Exercise in the morning and transfer activities such as running to a warm room.

Short hours of sunshine

The days are short, the nights long, night falls very early. Life in the dark affects us more than it seems: melatonin is synthesized in the dark, and therefore it is synthesized long before sleep. During the day we are drowsy, lethargic, at night we cannot sleep. Due to a lack of sleep, we are more hungry.

What can you do about it?

Shine some light in your life! Don’t save electricity now – turn on all the lights! While it is daytime, spend at least an hour outdoors. At night, make yourself a rule to provide yourself in total darkness – no night lights, light gadgets, cell phones, on which new notifications appear every now and then. Lack of sleep leads to depression, which in turn causes the synthesis of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. The production of leptin (the hormone of satiety) is reduced. So sleep more!