Packing on a few extra pounds? Blame the weather!

As the days get longer and cooler, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.

Temperatures are dropping and that means so is your body temperature.

As a survival instinct, our body wants to naturally warm itself, so the signal goes off to fire-up our appetite.

The food we consume gives us energy and warmth. We also feel hunger differently during fall and winter because we burn more calories due to the cooler temperatures, and therefore need food to give us energy.

To help keep our calorie count on track over the next few months, we teamed up with nutritionist Diane Murphy who had these helpful tips:

  1. Slow down. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell your body that it’s full.Eating fast will cause you to squeeze in more food. Try eating with

chopsticks. 2. Take a good look at what you are eating. This can help you make healthier choices. 3. Instead of eating while watching TV or working on your laptop, take some time away from technology and enjoy your food.

For a more thorough explanation on why our bodies crave more food during cooler months, be sure to watch our full interview with Diane Murphy in the video above!

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