Serious Question - Does exposure to cold weather cause weight gain?

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    Oct 28, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    After losing up to 25 kilos, we have had cold weather for the last week or two, and as a result I gained a kilo in the past month. (That's 2 lbs).
    My nurse, who is monitoring me, said this was practically nothing and I should not be concerned. Winter weight gain, she said, was due to eating hot, cooked dinners as opposed to summer salads.
    But I'm not 100% convinced. I have an idea that the body puts on extra fat in winter to protect itself from the cold.
    Is this true?
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    Oct 29, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    I'm guess you also spent less time outside walking around, among other things. A lot goes into changes in your weight and it is always changing. My weight drops during the weekends, and overnight. I burn off about 4 lbs (2 kilo) every night. So just the difference of weighing myself early in the day vs. late in the day could easily account for the fluctuation that you had.
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    Oct 29, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    If you're prone to starchy, fatty cold-induced cravings then yes.
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    Oct 29, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    Yes it does. The weather itself isn't going to make you gain weight but as it gets colder your body is prone to seek out fat for insulation. It's basic survival instincts, you will crave fattier foods and such.
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    Oct 29, 2010 3:26 AM GMT
    Considering the fact that some of the hottest guys on this site are Canadian, I'd say that theory is wrong.
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    Oct 29, 2010 3:27 AM GMT
    I don't think it does , but it may for some cause arthritis
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    Oct 29, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    No theres no truth to that at all. The nurse was right.
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    Oct 29, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for responding.
    Now that the evenings are drawing in, it leaves me more time in the evenings to go out running.
    And at the same time I keep on watching what I eat.