Winter and weight gain not related

Though most would like to believe that winter and weight gain are related, but that isn’t true.  Dr Sandhya Pandey, chief dietician at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon says, “There is no proven theory which proves that winter and weight gain are related,  The diet is different during winter and summer. People eat food which provides more body heat in winters, which is also a must. But eating in excess is not required.”

According to Pandey if people watch what they are eating, they can maintain their weight. Being active is also one more criteria.

“Blaming laziness on winters is also not an excuse. These are just theories people want to believe to give themselves the benefit of doubt.

It is over sleeping and erratic sleeping patterns which actually make people lazy and
eat more respectively,” she says.

It is regarded as a good habit to read the information on the wrapper of the packed foods that one consumes. A person who does daily chores, has a job and eats all his three meals does not require more than 1,500 to 1,600 calories. Pandey also says that people who are little consciousness of what one eats saves them from the after-effects
of overeating.

Though for the less conscious ones, Dr Abhideep Chaudhury, senior consultant, department of surgical gastroenterology, Jaypee Hospital, Noida says, “I receive patients who have sudden winter weight gain. It is mostly because people change their diet drastically and then they are reluctant to exercise.”

Dr Chaudhury says, “Winter weight gain is very common, but too much fluctuation in weight sometimes leads to hormonal changes and affects the liver also.”

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