The colder temps aren't to blame, but maybe your changing habits are.
We Asked: Lisa C. Cohn, M.M.Sc., M.Ed., R.D., is the President of Park Avenue Nutrition and a licensed, registered dietitian who practices in Manhattan.
The Answer: Actually, your metabolism speeds up when it's cold out! Keeping warm uses up a lot of energy, which burns more calories, which means a higher metabolic rate. So if you stick to your regular exercise routine and eat right all year round, you should actually lose weight in winter, especially if you spend time outside.
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The reality, however, usually looks very different. Many people start to gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Years, and those who do put on an average of 7 pounds. The obvious culprit is all that party-time feasting and drinking, not to mention the emotional eating we often succumb to when we spend a lot of time around our families. Plus, we often throw our exercise routines out the window during the holidays.
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