Why is losing weight easier in the summer
Reasons Losing Weight is Easier in the Summer
We all know that in order to lose weight we need to burn more calories than we consume and exercise more. 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.
Research shows that “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 roll in summer weight loss. Research has shown that we digest our food more slowly in hotter weather, which leaves us feeling fuller longer.
If you have been wanting to get back on track with your health and/or weight loss goals now is the time.
You can plan an active vacation
“Summer is a typical travel time, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit poolside the entire time you're away! If you’re on a cruise, book an active excursion like ocean kayaking, snorkeling or book a walking tour. Or plan a fitness vacation like a surf camp or yoga retreat. You'll feel good burning some calories!”
You can make a healthy smoothie
Smoothies are such a great way to introduce good nutrients into your body, and they’re tasty too. They can also substitute a meal rather than eating something unhealthy. The best time for a smoothie is in the morning. ( especially 30 minutes after taking Nutri-Thin) The meal will help keep you full at breakfast time so that you’re less likely to snack throughout the morning.
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.
You can grow and pick your own produce
Gardening is a great reason to get outdoors and burn some calories. Not to mention the “fruits of your labor” are actually good for you. Or, if gardening isn’t your thing you can maybe you can go on a fruit picking tour at a local farm. This is always a fun activity.
You can take advantage of the grill
Grilling isn’t just for burgers and hot dogs! Fire up the grill, and make some healthy flatbread pizza instead of ordering a takeout one. Break out the chicken and veggies and put together some shish kabobs. This is something most everyone at a barbecue loves, and a very healthy choice over hamburgers. You could also pick up a barbecue grilling recipe book to get all sorts of great ideas for your backyard barbeque parties.
You sweat more
Sweating is your body’s way of keeping you cool. The heat makes your body sweat, which increases your energy and boosts your metabolism, ultimately resulting in acceleration in the number of calories your body burns.
The weather is gorgeous
Take advantage of sunshine, and head outside for a walk around the block, a hike on a nearby trail, or even a little swimming at a close-by lake. Invite some friends to join and make it a fun social occasion!
You may 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. Also, If you stop to sip water every few bites, you’ll likely eat your food more slowly.
You can have a healthy picnic
“Picnics don’t have to be all about potato salad and cupcakes. You can pack a to-go meal full of weight-loss friendly finger foods. Don’t be afraid to get creative with it.
You can eat lots of in-season produce
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 fiber.
Outdoor home maintenance
We tend to get outside more during the summer months and focus on maintaining our homes. For instance, you can lose more weight during the summer by mowing your lawn, watering your garden and washing your windows. Add these summertime maintenance musts to your everyday household chores and you will be burning more calories, and losing weight before you know it.
If you're serious about losing weight you'll want to learn about the two key parts of losing weight successfully: Which are.... What you're eating (diet) and how your burning calories (exercise).