An increase in calorie intake from fat in frosty weather can lead to problems with the gastrointestinal tract. This was reported to the Moscow City News Agency by the head of the Department of Sports Medicine and Medical Rehabilitation of the First Moscow State Medical University named after Sechenov, Doctor of Medicine Evgeny Achkasov.
“As for the people who follow the calls to eat faster and more fatty food because of the frost, I’m here, rather, categorically opposed. In two weeks, this will not make the weather, and we do not go outside so often from warm houses, there is no point in changing the diet. But as for the exacerbation of various diseases, it is possible. Cholelithiasis may worsen, for example, and in general, various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract associated with fatty foods,”said Achkasov.
He stressed that a resident of a metropolis in frosty weather does not experience such a cold load as a person in the Far North is exposed to.
“Frost is a short-term phenomenon, and the inhabitants of a modern city, who sit in warm houses and go outside for a short period of time, should not be equated with people who traditionally lived in the Far North regions without warm houses and warmth. Therefore, I see no reason to talk about changing the diet during the period of short-term cold weather,”Achkasov said.
In turn, the chief physician of the medical center of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Alexei Churshin, told the agency that it makes sense to change the diet for those who work outside in such weather or are engaged in physical labor.
“For people who are not very active, there is little point in changing their diet. For those who are manual workers or working on the street, it is worth increasing the calorie intake by increasing the proportion of fats and proteins in the diet, that is, more meat, lard, cottage cheese and dairy products, nuts, dried fruits. It is worth increasing the calorie intake only with an increase in physical activity, otherwise it is fraught with the acquisition of excess weight,”said the expert.
Earlier, the media reported that abnormal frosts are in most regions of Central Russia. The day before, the Hydrometeorological Center issued a storm warning about snowfall and blizzards in Moscow on February 12-14.