If you drag summer kilos and have added them to those of confinement, get ready because now you get a few more unless you do something to avoid it. We give you some ideas
You have surely noticed that in the cold months you tend to gain weight. A few kilos that this year will be extra due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has made us take refuge in our homes and that we hardly move.
The body is wise and tends to accumulate fat in winter for survival reasons: for our ancestors it was vital to have an extra layer of fat to combat the cold.
This reality, however, has extended to this day, but with variations. A research has shown that we tend to put on weight in the cold months, and many others have determined why also we do for biological questions.
How to avoid getting fat in winter
If you drag summer kilos and have added them to those of confinement, get ready because now you get a few more unless you do something to avoid it. We give you some ideas.
1) Compensates for the lack of light
As revealed by a study by the Diabetes Institute of the University of Alberta, in Edmon (Canada), low sun exposure favors an increase in body fat. This is because when the wavelengths of blue light from the sun penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells, the lipid droplets decrease in size and are released from the cell.
In other words, our cells don't store as much fat, and insufficient sunlight can promote lipid storage and contribute to weight gain. Although this factor cannot be modified, there are others that can be manipulated to avoid that weight gain during the winter and even lose a few kilos.
One of them is taking care of the microbiota, which is the set of beneficial microorganisms (around 100 trillion) that are in our body naturally.
Having a poor microbiota directly influences weight gain. In addition, it is scientifically proven that the balance of the intestinal microbiota supports weight loss and reduces the chances of regaining it.
¿ And how can we take care of the microbiota? Consuming many foods with fiber (legumes, vegetables, whole grains, fruits) since they are rich in prebiotics, the indigestible ingredients of the diet that, when fermented by the intestinal microbiota, favor the growth of good bacteria.
In addition, and if we see that this is not enough, we can use a product, such as Oenebiol Captador 3 in 1, which rebalances the intestinal microbiota in 48 hours and reduces the proportion of bacteria associated with being overweight.
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2) eat less and better
Research cited at the beginning of the article shows that we unconsciously eat more calories in cold months - the more calories, the higher body temperature.
And we don't just eat more, we do worse: Research, like this one, suggests that we tend to eat more sweet foods the less we're exposed to light.
What we must do to avoid it is obvious, but if we cannot give up sweets, we should at least try to replace them with healthy foods, such as fruits, and always consume them before 7:00 p.m.
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