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Winter Weight Gain Easy To Do, How to Avoid Extra Pounds

Less Sun Impacts Mood
AMARILLO -- Experts say there is a reason you may be craving certain foods this time of year.

 But could there be other reasons you're adding pounds as the temperature drops?

"It gets dark out sooner. There is less sunlight," said dietitian Marta Wright.

Less sun exposure can lead to a drop in serotonin. This can impact your mood and the foods you want to eat, said Wright

"If you grab chips or just plain crackers, they are not going to make you feel as good. The whole grains, beans, sweet potatoes, things like that, they are going to make you feel better," she said.

Wright says to also focus on fresh produce -- vegetables like peppers and asparagus; fruits like apples or clementines.

"If you can't get the fresh foods, I would go with the frozen variety of foods rather than the canned. Canned will have a lot of preservatives, a lot of sodium," she said.

And probiotics will help your immune system.

"Yogurt is a good thing. If you don't like yogurt, you can take probiotic in a pill form," Wright said.

Vitamin C will also give you the boost you need. Wash it down with a warm cup of green tea, rich in antioxidants. If you love hot chocolate, Wright says choose sugar free. Even a little coffee a day isn't necessarily a bad thing -- all in moderation.

"When you feel like you're hungry, ask yourself, 'Am I really hungry. Am I thirsty? Am I hungry or am I bored?' Are you just looking for something to do?" she said.

A few other tips to avoid winter weight gain is doing moderate exercise.

They also say to avoid alcohol. It's loaded with calories and has little nutritional value.

And try to get plenty of sleep. Feeling fatigue can often lead us to overeat.

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