How a Person's Weight is
Impacted by Colder Climates
The extremely cold regions of the globe are not only challenging on the human body and spirit - they may even impact an individual's weight substantially at both ends of the spectrum - contributing not only to weight loss but also to weight gain.
Examples of how weight loss is connected to climate:
Weight Loss: If the body is braving a mountain during a snow, thousands of calories may be burned during the climb - the exact amount burned are greatly dependent upon the current weight of the individual attempting the climb.
If caloric needs cannot be met, energy will be pulled from the stored fat cells (amid the best scenario), thus weight loss ensues.
Weight Gain: In our second scenario, brutal climates - particularly when excessive cold abound make it difficult for an individual to participate comfortably in outdoor activity.
Too much time might be spent in front of the television, a computer game or the computer itself.
When caloric input outpaces caloric needs, weight gain ensues as fat cells are either replenished or newly created. The stored energy can be used at a later date.
And if only the body was smart enough to store x-amount of energy, none of us would have to worry about weight gain.
Unfortunately, it is able to store hundreds of pounds. In the old days, that extra storage of fat came in handy where survival was concerned amid a brutal winter with little food. In today's world with food readily available, starvation is less likely.
Sadly, starvation still persists and is often straight-lined, at an even level where the individual is continually in a mode of starvation. They rarely-to-never have the opportunity to replenish the fat cells to use as reserve energy.
Recent studies indicate that even in office environments, a worker who is colder out-puts less work. It's very hard to move when one is frozen.
Food Faire for Colder Climates:
A person residing in a frigid climate zone will likely drink beverages to warm the body such as cocoa, hot tea and toddy's. The dining table is likely to contain foods that also warm the body such as warm cereals, hot soups, warm stews and one-pot meals.
The calories contained in the beverages and foods partially regulate what a person weighs. Activity level, genes, metabolism and age are also factors that influence weight - but chiefly our weight is governed by the foods and beverages that we put into it.
The Activity & Weight Connection for Colder Climates:
Colder climates translate to snowfall, icy paths and slick streets making it difficult to interact with nature.
For young, healthy bodies, there is much to be enjoyed if one is willing to brave the Elements of Nature. From building snowmen to skating on an iced-over pond, outdoor activity in the colder climates is definitely a calorie burner and will also render great overall health benefits.
On the flip-side, colder climates may sometimes prohibit outdoor activity due to the severity of the weather.
Or, the individual may not wish to risk a fall in exchange for outdoor activity. Or, the individual may not like the colder temperatures and may choose to wait out the colder weather in front of a roaring fire watching television.
All of these factors have an influence on what the individual weighs.
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