Does Being a Little Cold Make You Want to Eat?

@ladym33 (11007)
United States
January 23, 2013 12:03pm CST
They say people always gain weight in the winter time because our bodies try to retain more fat to help keep us warm. There may be some truth to that. It is 3 degrees outside so it is a little cold in the house and I am a bit cold, and I am starving, and all I can think about is food, I want warm stuff, hot soup, hot casseroles, hot chocolate, any good old comfort food will do. Yesterday I was cold as well and ate like an utter pig. I have been watching what I eat very carefully the last three weeks and managed to lose a couple of the pounds that I gained in November and December, but for some reason all I want to do is eat right now, like that is going to warm me up or something. I am going to try and be good and have a Lean Cuisine meal for lunch. So what do you think about cold weather and eating?
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• India
23 Jan 13
Hi ladym. Well I I do agree with you that in winters we feel hungry more often. The metabolism is much faster in winters than in summers because of body's response to cold outside by getting warm from inside. It is still cold here. However cold is a very relevant term. So it might still be much warmer than what it is at your place. Also it is very difficult to control the urge to eat in the night. Still I love winters and I hope it remains this way for as long as possible. Have a nice day !! SuperShames
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@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
23 Jan 13
I am not a fan of winter but our winters can get bitter cold, and snow is dangerous to drive in. I am really hungry again and it is still and hour and a half till dinner. I just ate a few olives, hopefully that will keep me.
• United States
23 Jan 13
I agree with you. We're at a whole 5 degrees outside and I've been eating all day. Generally I skip breakfast. I'm not a morning person and can't look at food before lunch time. Not today. I ate at 9am and started looking for something for lunch around 12:30. I've been very bad with my eating habits todsy. Thinking I'd better make myself a very lite and healty dinner.
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@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
23 Jan 13
Well I ate the healthy lunch then followed it up with 12 Hershey's Kisses. Now I am going to work out. I am so mad at myself. . I hope you do better than I did.
• India
23 Jan 13
Being hot I think would make you more hungry because there is much heat everywhere to aid digestion faster. Maybe its craving, and its oka to have craving sometimes :)
• Philippines
24 Jan 13
My cats are demanding wellies, their paws are so cold and wet! we only have sun and rain here, but many years ago, i saw a white fluffy dog step off a car wearing red socks which was so cute. it would be nice to see a real puss in boots this time.
@agent807 (724)
• United States
25 Feb 13
My appetite is ferocious in the cold. During the winter months, I work harder because I am always outside. I'm already a big guy, so I already eat a lot, and because I do a lot of stuff, I eat even more. Doing all of this in the winter makes one wonder how can I afford to eat. I eat more frequently, bigger and heavier meals, and only get full part of the time. I was already eating as much food as my family as there are five people in the house, and I am going through as much as the other four. I was sick before so I wasn't eating as much, but the old me is coming back, the one that was really big, and strong. So that appetite is coming with it. My family's idea of pigging out and my idea of pigging out are way different. What they consider pigging out is normal for me. When I pig out, they couldn't possibly handle that. I miss having my own place for this very reason. I didn't have to share. I like being able to clean out my fridges in a couple of days, and shop for a family of five when it is a family of one. I am not really concerned about the weight gain because I have muscles to feed, so I do gain weight, but I actually feel great because of what and how I gained it. I don't really count calories either since I have an insane amount, and it is probably for bragging rights. This is what happens when you have a weightlifting gorilla living in the house.
@eagletrek2 (5280)
• Kingston, New York
24 Jan 13
Hi it make me want to cook more and bake more pastry stuff which i like doing.at the same time the oven put more heat in my place. but on the other hand my hobby is eating and i'm not fat i snow ski walk a lot ok have good day.
• United States
24 Jan 13
I know that bears eat a lot so that they can sleep in the winter and I guess that humans may have such an instinct too. I haven't experienced this myself though. My favorite food, like ice cream and watermelon, are summer food so I usually eat more in the summer rather than in the winter. This winter is really cold and I'm just focusing on keeping warm and haven't been eating a lot.
24 Jan 13
For me cold weather doesn't make me hungry more. It makes me want to sleep more, it makes me want to wrap up in blankets all the time. I have a hard time getting up early because it's so cold in the living room so as a result I'm juggling to get my tasks done on time. I'm a skinny person of 80 lbs. Maybe it's also because it's too cold to get to the living room so I'm too lazy to cook, therefore I'm not hungry. I've been eating sweets and chips more than full meals. Hot rice, hot soups, hot milks are wonderful to have because they will fill you up quickly. If a person is afraid of gaining weight, that person should eats smaller meals but more frequent meals and that should be fine. When I'm hungry or cold I can't function well. And don't forget to drink enough water so you won't have dry skin and also so that your body can flush bad stuff outs so you will less likely to be sick. Thanks for reminding me that I should eat right now.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
24 Jan 13
During cold season you body tend to eat more foods specially hot soups. I found it considerable here in our place during rainy seasons that obviously cold. We stay home and no work to do except to eat something to relieve our starving
24 Jan 13
i believe thats true, and yeah when it rains here in the Philippines and all nearby city was flooded, work canceled, no school, cant travel and u had nothing to do cause you are just at home.. u tend to watch movies.. and whats the perfect partner with that? food!!!!!! exactly! and yes!I gained weight! very true!
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
24 Jan 13
What you said maybe true. Coz we would really want to feel warm during the cold season, intake of food would somehow fuel us up. I found this online. I think you'd be interested to read more about the relation of eating more than the usual during cold season. http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/why-do-we-eat-more-in-winter.aspx
• United States
24 Jan 13
As far as I'm concerned, it's always time for food. I have a high metabolism, and I love good food. Right now, I am dreaming of the treats that shall come once it is again growing season--fresh asparagus in just a bit of butter, Swiss chard, green onions in sandwiches on fresh bread. This evening, I made a curried pumpkin and carrot soup. I served it with a dollop of cream. It was a wonderful dish for a cold evening. Tomorrow, I will likely make a split pea soup. My boyfriend has expressed interest in having a nice (vegetarian, of course) split pea soup for tomorrow's dinner, and that seems quite reasonable in view of the icy temps here. Then, there will likely be vegetarian chili later in the week. Although, that will mean having to pick up some tempeh, and I was trying to avoid doing any shopping at all for the rest of the month... Hmm... Perhaps, black beans and rice will be more likely...
@much2say (40585)
• United States
24 Jan 13
I've heard that too - the connection between winter and eating more. Honestly, I think I eat like an utter pig regardless of the season/weather - ha ha. But maybe we just tend to eat more during winter too because we are mostly indoors due to the weather and it's so easy to "eat" to pass some time (like for me, it's easy to raid the fridge or pantry at home). Also the end of the year means all kinds of holiday treats and feasts . . . so there just happens to be more food around . . . so I can easily pig out everywhere I go. For now, I'm just trying to cut out the junkie stuff and sugars (but eat as usual otherwise - ha ha) - and trying to work out more (even if it's just stretching).
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
24 Jan 13
They say that being cold makes you eat always. I think it's true. Whenever it's cold and I'm in a place where it is cold I always eat. From time to time I'm hungry and then I eat always. I think it's true. So if thinner person wants to get a little fat then she must stay in a cold place. :-)
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
24 Jan 13
I didn't notice that on myself, I mean, eating more because it's colder. Of course in the summer, but only when it's really hot, you feel dizzy and only crave juicy stuff, but I'm not eating that much more because of the winter. I think the winter fat mostly results from Christmas binge-eating and getting candy and chocolate from everywhere, at least in my case.