Ever noticed that you get a little chubbier in the winter time? Maybe a lot!


Thanks to our Canuck Nerds Up North (University of Alberta), it's been discovered that it's the sun's fault that you put on a winter layer.

The fat cells just beneath our skin will shrink when exposed to sunlight (specifically, the blue light emitted by the sun). Since there's less sunlight in the winter, our bodies shut down fat burning and store that adipose.

So what should we do to avoid this? Researchers warn against exposing yourself to sunlight to lose weight...so there goes my plan to moon the sun to skinniness. Although what I gain in weight will surely save me from public indecency charges.

H/T: EurekAlert!