The way someone puts on weight varies from person to person, but everyone can agree that seasonal weight gain is frustrating. Statistically the most common time of year to pack on pounds is winter. According to research, people tend to gain five to seven pounds during winter months. So why are we most likely to put on weight when it’s cold outside? Here are some reasons:

  1. Well, it is cold outside. There’s nothing like snow on the ground and freezing temperatures to deter physical activity outdoors. People are likely to lose traction of their daily runs and/or walks from the gorgeous fall months. One way to keep on track – join a gym with a friend. If you hold each other accountable, you’re more likely to stick to a routine.
  2. Holiday parties. The month of December comes with many parties, and there is always alcohol and delicious bites that go hand-in-hand with them.
  3. Comfort foods. When it’s cold outside it’s natural to crave warm, hearty foods to warm you up – pasta, mac and cheese, chili and chicken pot pies to name a few.
  4. Treats at the office. With the holidays, there seems to be a never-ending supply of cookies, cupcakes and all things sweet that show up daily in the office. It’s hard to conjure up the willpower not to over indulge when they’re staring you in the face eight hours a day.
  5. Missing the sunshine. Studies show that people with a lack of vitamin D, which is known as the sunshine vitamin, will store more fat. Try to squeeze in 15 minutes a day in the sun to combat the deficiency.

The best thing you can do to fight the winter weight gain is awareness. Try to maintain a healthy diet and physical activity. However, don’t beat yourself up if you put on a few pounds. Spring is just around the corner and you can crank up a new workout routine outside!