One of the most common excuses we hear for putting off weight loss happens this time of year – the warm weather is here, the patio drinks are calling, and “it’s just so hard to lose weight in the summer. I’ll wait to start in the fall.”
The thing is… these people couldn’t be more wrong! Summer is a fantastic time to lose weight for many reasons, so we’ve outlined just a few of them for you.
By now we are all aware that in order to lose weight, in the simplest terms – we need to burn more calories than we consume. It’s easier said than done, especially in the winter months when all you want to do is eat comfort foods and curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket.
According to studies out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Georgia, our average caloric intake decreases about 200 calories per day in the summer compared to fall and winter.
That being said, losing weight in the summer is much easier. We tend to be in a better mood, participate in summer sports, crave healthier foods, and sweat more. The hot weather plays a huge role in summer weight loss, as research has shown that we digest our food more slowly in hotter weather, which leaves us feeling fuller longer.
Read on for 5 reasons why summer is the easiest time to lose weight:
Hot weather suppresses appetite:
According to research, appetite decreases with heat mostly because the body is trying to keep cool. Heat causes bodily functions to work harder. This in turn results in suppressed appetite. It is also said that we digest our food slower in hotter weather, which leaves us feeling fuller for longer. This is great news if your weight control problems stem from over-eating.
Fresh, in-season produce is everywhere:
There are so many delicious fruits and vegetables in season during the summer, and these are all high in water to help keep you full, as well as providing an excellent source of dietary fiber. Added bonus: You can make an activity out of eating fruit! Go to your local U-pick blueberry or strawberry farm and collect your own fresh fruit straight off the plant. You’ll burn some calories while you’re at it!
You can take advantage of the grill:
Grilling isn’t just for burgers and hot dogs! Fire up the grill and sizzle a nice healthy chicken breast or other lean meat. Most fat will drip away, and the grill just adds so much more flavour. Heat up your veggies in a foil pack on the grill as well, or use them in kebabs. Less dishes, less fat, and more flavour!
Outdoor activities are waiting for you:
We tend to get outside more in the summer months, mainly because it’s so easy to do so. Beautiful weather is right outside your door. You can go on a bike ride or a long walk, or play outdoor sports. Not only that, your summer chores are also great for exercise! Mowing the lawn, weeding your garden, and washing your car are all great calorie-burning activities.
You’ll naturally drink more water:
Drinking water, especially before meals, can help you feel fuller. And in the summer, when the weather is warmer, you may be inclined to drink more water. Make it easy to stay hydrated—at meals, keep a pitcher on the table, and refill your water glass frequently. Bonus: If you stop to sip water every few bites, you’ll likely eat your food more slowly. This allows for better nutrient absorption and prevents over-eating.
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