Did you know that black bears more than double their body weight by late fall in preparation for winter hibernation? While this is probably not a good idea for humans, it raises an interesting point: Is winter weight gain a health issue?
Research shows that most of us gain approximately one to two pounds during the winter months. Less physical activity, overindulging around holidays and not to mention comfort eating all contribute to this potential poundage. Whether this poses a health risk lays in our ability to work the weight off come spring. So what are the top three things you can do this winter to prevent unwanted weight gain?
Maybe we should take a lesson from the bears and give ourselves a break this winter. Get some good sleep, enjoy delicious food with family and friends and be ready to take ownership for your health.
— Jocelyn Cooper, ND, naturopathic doctor and former resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
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