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Does weather affect your appetite?

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Does weather affect your appetite?

greygarious | Jul 6, 2013 10:48 AM

Most people seem to eat more in cold weather/climates, which makes sense since calories are expended in maintaining normal body temperature. But how about hot weather? It's been 90 and humid in New England for over a week, which may be the new normal but is not what most of us are used to. I can't bear the thought of a full hot meal, much less using the oven. Since I am retired I can avoid exertion in this heat wave but even when working as a mail carrier, if it was hot and humid I either skipped lunch entirely or had a small cold meal like yogurt or a piece of fruit. This week I have no appetite at all. I am eating a single, mostly vegetable meal, in the evening, only because of an increasing headache if I eat nothing. Other than that, decaf iced coffee/tea, and a mid-afternoon snack containing fat, like a small scoop of ice cream, because I take a medicine that is best absorbed with a meal containing fat. Since I need to lose weight, the humuggly weather does have one thing in its favor.

Most folks prefer to eat *lighter* in summer, but how many eat *less*?

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