On February 2, 2018 — Groundhog Day — Pennsylvania's most famous woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil, made his annual prediction. Unfortunately, in his infinite wisdom, he announced six more weeks of winter. And that means six more weeks of potential winter weight gain!
In our blog article 3 Tips to Avoid Winter Weight Gain, we explained some of the reasons why weight gain in the winter months is so common. But a new study from the University of Alberta pinpointed another cause, and it is connected to how our fat cells respond to Vitamin D, which is found plentifully in sunlight.
“When the sun's blue light wavelengths — the light we can see with our eye — penetrate our skin and reach the fat cells just beneath, lipid droplets reduce in size and are released out of the cell. In other words, our cells don't store as much fat,” said Peter Light, senior author of the study, who is a Professor of Pharmacology and the Director of UAlberta’s Alberta Diabetes Institute.
Conversely, during the winter months when the days are shorter and people spend less time outside, our exposure to the sun dwindles causing us to take in less vitamin D, which may promote fat storage and ultimately weight gain. This discovery opens up new avenues of future scientific exploration which could eventually lead to pharmacological or light-based treatments for obesity and other related health issues such as diabetes.
In the meantime, there are ways to combat winter weight gain — even with a few more weeks left of winter if good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil turns out to be right. Download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmation Cards for additional motivation to get through the final weeks of winter and stay on target with diets and exercise.
Plus, you can’t always rely on getting adequate vitamin D on sunlight alone, even during the summer. In many cases, food and supplements can support not only getting adequate nutrition, but with the right products and programs, can support healthy weight loss as well. Many of Robard’s scientifically-developed products are fortified with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin D. Regulated by the FDA, manufactured with safety and quality certifications, and physician reviewed, our products have been known in the industry as the best in taste, nutrition, and effectiveness for more than 40 years. Learn more about our product offerings today!
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Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation