For the majority of people, losing weight in the winter seems impossible. But surprisingly, the chilly winter weather can work wonders on your body without any efforts or even hitting the gym.
Several studies have shown that keeping cool can help the body burn fat. A 2014 study entitled ‘Impact of Chronic Cold Exposure in Humans’ led by Australian scientist Dr Paul Lee, from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, showed that sleeping in the cold results in an increase in brown fat and speeds up metabolism. That’s because brown fat, also called good fat, can actually help you burn more calories and eradicate harmful white fat from the body. This good fat not only helps you lose weight but also reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
What many don’t know is that our body needs a very different approach to lose weight in winter than dieting or exercising in warmer months. In other words, it’s all about adopting the correct strategies. Here we have listed a few tricks and tips to help you shed pounds and keep them off:
Focus on foods with high water content to lose weight fast and stay hydrated. Natural, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and soups are high in water and aid weight and volume without adding calories.
A lot of evidence supports a higher protein intake for weight loss apart from other health benefits. Eating protein-rich foods can help you shed those unwanted pounds and keep your belly full, while also maintaining fat-burning muscle. In addition, a study carried out by the University of Washington suggests that a high-protein diet appears to fool the brain into thinking you’ve eaten more than you have.
However, try sticking to lean protein rather than high-fat meat and dairy products, which are bad for your health, especially the heart. Opt for low-fat milk, skinless chicken breasts, fish, beans, eggs, etc.
One of the best, yet healthiest things you can do to lose weight is by drinking more water. But the problem is that many people tend to drink less in cold weather, although drinking water, especially in winter, does your body good in a number of ways, including your weight. In fact, diligent water intake not only helps you stay hydrated and curb hunger but also prevents snacking for the wrong reasons and boosts energy.
So, spacing out your water consumption throughout the day will also ensure that your body is refilled and gets rid of toxins and waste.
You might be surprised to learn that exposure to sunlight is tied to weight loss. That’s because sunlight can prevent dips in serotonin, a mood-boosting brain chemical that is also partly responsible for feelings of fullness. It’s been known that bright light, or even a heavy dose of artificial light in the morning, can help reduce appetite, food cravings as well as body weight. Lower levels of serotonin have been linked to depression, insomnia and weight gain