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Here's Why It's Harder to Lose Weight Right Now, Says Expert

The next few months are typically some of the most difficult to get through, especially if you've set a  weight loss goal for yourself. What it is about this season that makes losing weight so challenging? Have you ever wondered why as soon as the cold weather strikes, you find yourself eating larger meals and taking more trips to the fridge between work breaks? Well according to Dr. Neal Barnard , board-certified psychiatrist and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, fall and winter weight gain is so common because your appetite actually increases during the cooler months. "It is a common experience for bodyweight to increase as winter approaches , which is largely because our appetites increase as the days become shorter," says Dr. Barnard. "This is what you can think of as your 'inner squirrel' taking over, looking for food, and eating and storing it away in anticipation of winter." Although nowadays it's easier to