Winter love handles

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    Dec 10, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    It seems like I lose some definition when the weather gets cold. When it gets really cold (-10c/15f and below) for days, it is more obvious. By contrast, my definition is better during the warm months. I'm not talking about dramatic changes, but enough that I notice when I look in the mirror, or enough to decide not to wear a favourite skin-tight t-shirt.

    Does anyone know if this is because I eat more in winter without realizing it? Or is this a natural physical reaction to cold that I should not try to fight.

    As an urban dweller, I am outside a lot in the frigid cold walking from place to place, so I am (quite happily) more exposed to the elements than those who have a car-centric lifestyle.
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    Dec 10, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    You may be eating more than you realize, and it's probably okay. Your body takes more energy to heat when it's cold than when it's hot, so you probably crave more food to keep up your internal body temp, IMO
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    Dec 11, 2010 12:04 AM GMT
    Simply_Drew saidYou may be eating more than you realize, and it's probably okay. Your body takes more energy to heat when it's cold than when it's hot, so you probably crave more food to keep up your internal body temp, IMO


    Absolutely correct
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    Dec 11, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    Nivek saidIt seems like I lose some definition when the weather gets cold. When it gets really cold (-10c/15f and below) for days, it is more obvious. By contrast, my definition is better during the warm months. I'm not talking about dramatic changes, but enough that I notice when I look in the mirror, or enough to decide not to wear a favourite skin-tight t-shirt.

    Does anyone know if this is because I eat more in winter without realizing it? Or is this a natural physical reaction to cold that I should not try to fight.

    As an urban dweller, I am outside a lot in the frigid cold walking from place to place, so I am (quite happily) more exposed to the elements than those who have a car-centric lifestyle.


    You are winterizing.
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    Dec 11, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    holiday cookies are to blame.

    but seriously, i am on average 10-15 lbs heavier during the winter months with no conscious change in routine. but the emphasis there is on conscious...
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    Nivek saidIt seems like I lose some definition when the weather gets cold. When it gets really cold (-10c/15f and below) for days, it is more obvious. By contrast, my definition is better during the warm months. I'm not talking about dramatic changes, but enough that I notice when I look in the mirror, or enough to decide not to wear a favourite skin-tight t-shirt.

    Does anyone know if this is because I eat more in winter without realizing it? Or is this a natural physical reaction to cold that I should not try to fight.

    As an urban dweller, I am outside a lot in the frigid cold walking from place to place, so I am (quite happily) more exposed to the elements than those who have a car-centric lifestyle.


    What happens is that in the summer time you sweat. That lower body water level leaves you slightly dehydrated and more defined.

    Don't worry about it, unless you're getting fat. If that's the case, keep your calories up and exercise more.

    Here I am, very lean, and fairly dry.

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    Models, and bodybuilders, understand how the body water thing works. Now, you do, too.
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    Yeah I am always fatter in the winter. I have put on 13lbs since October icon_eek.gif but I guess it is on purpose since I am bulking. Just hoping most of it is muscle... icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:32 AM GMT
    Wish I could have gain the some winter weight.
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    Nivek saidIt seems like I lose some definition when the weather gets cold. When it gets really cold (-10c/15f and below) for days, it is more obvious. By contrast, my definition is better during the warm months. I'm not talking about dramatic changes, but enough that I notice when I look in the mirror, or enough to decide not to wear a favourite skin-tight t-shirt.

    Does anyone know if this is because I eat more in winter without realizing it? Or is this a natural physical reaction to cold that I should not try to fight.

    As an urban dweller, I am outside a lot in the frigid cold walking from place to place, so I am (quite happily) more exposed to the elements than those who have a car-centric lifestyle.



    Even though you say you are outside walking often, I'd bet that a big role in your loss of definition is less activity in the cold months. For example, when it's warm I go to the beach swimming, go hiking, take my dog to the park, go wakeboarding and boating, etc... even if you are walking you're still missing out on a lot of activity. Plus there are the holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas that are mainly focused around eating. Put those together and you gain a little weight.
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    Dec 11, 2010 8:42 PM GMT
    Here are more legs

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    Dec 12, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    velovert2 saidholiday cookies are to blame.

    but seriously, i am on average 10-15 lbs heavier during the winter months with no conscious change in routine. but the emphasis there is on conscious...



    With that incredible smile, the extra lbs would mean there's more of you to love.icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 13, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the replies guys. I hate the thought of cutting calories when I'm trying to keep warm. So I think I'm just going to train a little harder.