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Seasonal weight management and energy output

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM

As many paleo/primal adherents focus on eating seasonally appropriate foods, and getting back to our basic natural rhythms with sleep, sex, and eating, I wonder what an optimal, seasonal approach to weight management and energy output would look like. Should modern humans follow an annual, seasonal model for weight and energy management?

For early humans in areas with 3-4 months of snow and ice, what model would have been followed? Gaining in the fall and lazy during the winter, like a bear? Moderate fall gain with higher energy output for less return (working harder for less food) during the winter like wolves?

Pointers to articles, studies, or previous threads very much appreciated.

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I think Melissa's answer covers winter here http://paleohacks.com/questions/60973/are-muscle-cramps-proof-that-vlc-is-not-healthy-long-term#axzz1amOrwMne. And beyond that I believe she blogs and follows the "seasonal" paleo. Check it out.

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I've definitely been feeling lazier than usual, also harder to get out of bed with the sun coming up later in the morning. But I live in the subtropics, so perhaps my seasonal tendencies are lessened/postponed by the fact that we get sunlight here year-round, and more moderate temps compared with the North. Anything below 65F has me wanting to cozy up in a blankie and sleep all day :)

I'm also a naturally lazy person, cold weather may just exacerbate it lol.

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