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Cold Weather and Craving the Fat

Have you noticed chilly weather seems to turn many of us into something like a bear seeking fat before hibernating all Winter? I know the connection between cold weather and fatty foods isn't true for everyone, but many of you voted on this poll that you do indeed crave the fat when the temperature is low.

According to sports nutritionist Ryan Kohler temperatures below freezing can increase a person’s basic energy needs when compared to the amount of energy it takes to simply "exist" at room temperature, which is between 60 and 70 degrees F. In colder temperatures it takes more energy to keep the core temperature of the body stable. That makes sense, right?

Possibly a stronger factor in fatty-food craving is tradition and association — the mind is a powerful thing when it comes to cravings. After all, the Thanksgiving meal, which really seems to kick off the Winter season, at least mentally, is full of fatty, rich foods. Maybe it is the lack of sunlight combined with the cold that makes us crave comfort foods. Since fat, as an ingredient, tends to make food tastier and thereby more palatable. We associate fatty foods with cold weather.

Fit's Tip: I was craving fat like crazy, not that I live in a climate where temperatures get anywhere close to, let alone remain, below freezing. To combat my desire for ice cream I made sure to take my fish oil supplement daily and, anecdotally speaking, it totally helped.

Join The Conversation
snapperdoodle snapperdoodle 9 years
I tend to crave hot foods in winter and stuff like salads in the summer. I don't really crave fatty stuff so much as hot things. I think it's because I live in Iowa. :)
Punkingirl Punkingirl 9 years
I live in Minnesota, where this morning it was 1 degree. Yes, ladies, one degree! My favorite thing to do when it get super cold is to make soup...so, I agree jlana!
jlana jlana 9 years
I usually crave lentil soup on those cold, cloudy days. It hits the spot quite nicely!
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