For the last 3 years I've maintained what I deem my ideal weight (I was never obese but had an emotional eating issue that I have since overcome). A month ago I moved to the Amazon rainforest, which is hot and humid. I love it here BUT I also noticed I started gaining weight as soon as I arrived. I initially thought I was just retaining fluids, but it's been a month now and I keep myself hydrated so I've ruled that out.
Here I am about as active as back home and eat a much healthier diet. No sugar, bread is a treat we allow ourselves only once a week.
It gets weirder: My boyfriend, who is an athlete, and another colleague who arrived at the same time, are experiencing the same issue.
I did some research and found conflicting information. Some sources say that the metabolism accelerates in hot climates as the body tries to maintain its temperature by sweating and increasing heart rate. Others say the opposite, that heat actually slows the metabolism. I'm at a loss as to why we are piling on pounds :-( any clues as to what could be going on??