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Season, weight and paleo diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 19, 2010 at 12:40 AM

With Christmas and New Year approaching, I realise that, in the past I have had regular seasonal weight changes, gaining several pounds in winter that I later lose in the spring/summer. This is my first year at paleo diet, so I still do not have any seasonal, year-to-year weight record on paleo diet. I think that not only changes in my diet, but also changes in physical activity that are season related, such as more time spent outdoors in spring-summer should account for the weight difference. Any similar experiences or advice?

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on December 20, 2010
at 03:09 AM

I used to worry about that kind of thing when I was younger, but now I really don't stress it. Life is too short!

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on December 19, 2010
at 02:28 PM

In my past, winter meant beer, pizza, etc at parties, spectating sporting events. That lead to much winter fat gain. Only since learning about evolutionary/paleo thought applied to nutrition and lifestyle this past couple years, winter has meant "starvation".

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on December 19, 2010
at 01:30 AM

Great answer, Tim. The occasional fall or winter feast was probably to eat up the food before it spoiled, but there was probably overall weight loss in the winter.

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on December 19, 2010
at 01:20 AM

I've been limiting my food intake volume/calorie wise with the advent of the shortest/coldest days. Also, I have been mindful to extend fasted periods. I have no sources to cite, only engaging in some light fantasy Paleo-reinactment of a hard winter burning off the fat storage of autumn!

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on December 19, 2010
at 01:30 AM

Great answer, Tim. The occasional fall or winter feast was probably to eat up the food before it spoiled, but there was probably overall weight loss in the winter.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on December 19, 2010
at 02:28 PM

In my past, winter meant beer, pizza, etc at parties, spectating sporting events. That lead to much winter fat gain. Only since learning about evolutionary/paleo thought applied to nutrition and lifestyle this past couple years, winter has meant "starvation".

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on December 19, 2010
at 01:29 PM

I think this can be somewhat psychological. In the warmer months we tend to show more skin and pay more attention to the way we look, therefore I would imagine subconciously eat less, workout harder, and make better choices. We also move more when it's warmer and a longer days.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 20, 2010
at 03:09 AM

I used to worry about that kind of thing when I was younger, but now I really don't stress it. Life is too short!

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on December 19, 2010
at 06:41 PM

I've stopped associating my food intake/weight gain/lethargy at this time of year with my discomfort with the social aspects (holidays, sports, family, snacking) of the season and connected it more with the shorter days and dimmer daylight. Is it all psychological? Mmm... yes, in as much as psychological is physiological. My goal at this time of year is not to continue to lose weight or even to hold my weight steady but to limit my fat gain and try to maintain health.

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on December 19, 2010
at 05:04 AM

I weigh about 5 lbs more. I admit it's because I'm pretty lazy in the winter. I guess my main exercise this season is going to the sauna, LOL. I don't gain visceral fat though, on my chest and buttocks, so I don't really mind.

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on December 19, 2010
at 08:10 PM

I actually was able to start IF'ing this November. I've actually lost 10 pounds since then, after a ~9 month or so plateau. In spite of the holidays, and I didn't really restrict myself. I had a little mashed and sweet potatoes at thanksgiving and have even had the odd cookie. Mostly, I just skip breakfast and don't eat until I'm hungry.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 19, 2010
at 03:15 AM

I don't gain weight in winter on paleo lowcarb with the exception that if on the holidays, I cheat a lot, then I will gain a few pounds. But I won't gain if I stay paleo/lowcarb.

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