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5 Tips For Beating Winter Comfort Eating

By Matt Cooper of Apex Fitness Systems.

Comfort Eating

At the risk of sounding overly British - lets talk about the weather.

Every year it happens. 

Every year, without fail, I can look back over the trends in client results and see a dip in progress when the seasons change. 

This past week is the first time i've felt a real drop in temperature, and seen what can be considered as dull, depressing weather.

"I just feel like I want to eat everything in sight at this time of year"

So why do we do it?

(Yes me too, i'm also writing this as a reminder to myself)

Well, a few reasons.

  • I don't have any data to back this up, but its often claimed that we experience a sudden urge for higher calorie foods in the winter as a survival mechanism. From an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense. More body fat = more insulation = potential to survive the winter.
  • Cold weather can affect your mood. SAD (seasonal adjustment disorder) is a very real thing. And we all know with a change in mood comes the potential risk of comfort eating.
  • Lets face it, from a vanity perspective, we have much less drive to look in shape in the winter. There's a reason 'summer body' is a thing. Wearing more layers can mean a hell of a lot more ' fuck it ' moments when it comes to food.

So, what can we do to beat it?

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper is an MNU certified nutritionist and lead nutrition coach for Apex Fitness Systems in Bristol. He has worked with hundreds of clients, both online and in person, ranging from stay at home mums to professional athletes.

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