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Does cold weather affect hunger?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 22, 2011 at 8:36 PM

For some reason I have been really just wanting to eat everything in the house when it is cold. It could be that I am just stuck in my house and bored... I am curious though, does the weather have any effect on our appetite?

Thanks, Holler atadollar

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:51 AM

Of course. Fat is insulation. Cold weather increases need for insulation, which why mammals tend to fatten up in the winter (even if they do not hibernate or pseudohibernate). Hot weather = the opposite.

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on October 23, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Def effects my sleep. I can pull 9-9.5 hours when it's cold. High summer in NYC and I'm good for about 7

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on October 22, 2011
at 09:01 PM

That's about the most counterintuitive thing I've ever heard. I do expect I'm going to be burning more calories when the cold sets in, just that I'm not adding fat in anticipation of it. At least not yet. YMMV.

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:56 PM

I find I eat more in the winter, but I've always felt like it was actually that I ate less in the summer because it is so hot and my appetite decreases. Once it cools down my appetite returns to normal.

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on October 23, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Yes. Being in cold water for many hours a day leads to a sky-high metabolism. You can burn up to twice (in my experience) the calories swimming laps in 60F (or cooler) water. Air and water are fluids. Both experience very similar mechanical properties, such as the conduction of heat (albeit, water is a superior conductor to air.) Your body will do anything to maintain homeostasis unless there is something wrong with you, namely your uptake/production of thyroidal hormones. Whale blubber is popular in arctic regions because it is so high in energy!

I drink lots of cold liquids, wear light clothes, and take cold showers/baths. I am well convinced I burn a significant amount of more energy.

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on October 23, 2011
at 01:43 AM

I always eat less in Winter and more in Summer, without even thinking about it. I have been this way for years. Perhaps less activity in Winter = decrease in energy requirements.

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on October 22, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Evolutionary perspective - I'm not sure if cold makes us hungry but I'm fairly positive early humans and other animals ate everything in sight when it got cold out due to food being more scarce. I would think animals in cold weather climates feast like crazy to prepare for a long winter with no vegetation and less wandering animals to snack on. Interesting question though, looking forward to answers from hackers smarter than I.

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on October 22, 2011
at 08:55 PM

Makes you less hungry. Cold adaptation for winter starvation. Assuming no metabolic damage to patient. If youre leptin resistant your constantly hungry

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on October 22, 2011
at 09:01 PM

That's about the most counterintuitive thing I've ever heard. I do expect I'm going to be burning more calories when the cold sets in, just that I'm not adding fat in anticipation of it. At least not yet. YMMV.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on October 22, 2011
at 08:41 PM

I woulda said yes last year at this time, before going paleo, but I'm not feeling any need to bulk up this year. At least not yet. I'm in Minnesota and outdoors most of my waking hours.

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