It’s all about the holidays in the winter. You want to cozy up next to your fireplace with some hot chocolate or your favorite bowl of warm chili pasta. As winter progresses you find that you consume more food than you would in summer. However, most dieticians and nutrition experts are puzzled by this phenomenon. Most say that it is the inherent ability as mammals to consume more food in the winter whereas other say that it is simply because the foods that are available in the winter contain more fats and carbs.

The tendency to overeat during the winter might come down to basic biology. According to studies it could be our primitive mammalian urge to stockpile on food for the cold weather ahead. Studies have shown that a person’s body weight varies seasonally and is the highest in winter. Many research teams have conducted surveys to test this theory. Researchers found that study participants consumed an average of 86 more calories per day in the fall, as compared to the spring. In fall, participants also ate the highest total amount of fat and saturated fat. Also because of the cold weather, many participants were likely to cut back on their physical activity making it harder for those calories to be utilized and an overall increase in weight gain of the participant.

It has also been said that light also affects our eating pattern. We tend to eat more when there is sunlight for a short duration of time because we feel the mammalian urge to stockpile on food for the rest of the day. This leads to binge eating which will cause us to gain weight during the winter.