Why You’re Going to Gain Weight This Winter

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When the sun is scarce, you look for sweets. It's science.
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Michael Cogliantry4/8

When the sun is scarce, you look for sweets. It's science.

Whether it’s donuts in the break room or a mocha to warm your hands, the cold months are full of tiny temptations that aren’t worth the consequences. Research suggests that people do get more of kick from sweet foods when they are less exposed to bright light, as shown in this small study. Regardless of the reason, Ross has a straightforward solution for the sugar munchies. “Try to define some parameters,” he says. “Sit down and actually write a list of your favorite two to four things you enjoy just during the holidays.” Limit yourself to those treats only. The exception, adds Ross, is to also blackout four or five days — Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and a couple get-togethers — where you don’t have to think about your diet.

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