We all know, 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.
Continue reading for more reasons why it’s easier to lose weight in the summer.
One of the major reasons why losing weight is easier in the summer is because individuals tend to be more active. In the winter, people tend to be lazier, they don’t want to go to the gym, and it’s too cold to exercise outdoors. Summer sports – hiking, swimming, biking and surfing, just to name a few, are fun ways to keep you active and help you stay in shape during the season.
Sunlight has been proven to increase levels of serotonin, which promotes feelings of happiness. That being said, happiness and weight loss go hand-in-hand. It is more likely for individuals to gain weight when they are stressed or depressed. Tip: It is advised to catch sunlight for at least 10-15 minutes a day.
Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin.” Lack of it may cause a vitamin D deficiency, which is associated with obesity. Research has shown that individuals that supplemented with vitamin D experience a greater weight decrease and reduction in waist circumference compared to those who did not supplement.
Although fruits and vegetables are available year-round, some are fresher in the summertime because they are in season. Individuals also tend to reach for more fruits during the summer months. This is good because they are a low-calorie snack. They are also at a lower price when they are in season. Strawberries, blueberries and watermelon are just some of the many, best fruits for weight loss.
Summer sunlight results in more hours of daylight. People tend to feel like they can fit in more during these months. When we get out of work, it’s still light outside and people are more likely go on a run or hit the gym, rather than go straight home and curl up on the couch.
It is less likely you will want to ride your bike to work when it’s cold outside. During the summer, it’s easier to lose weight because you can take different methods of transportation. More people tend to walk, bike or jog to work instead of driving, taking a bus, taxi or subway.
Individuals tend to consume more water during the summer months. The heat can make you thirsty, ultimately resulting in a higher consumption of water. That being said, the more water you drink, the fuller you will feel and the less you will snack and consume high-calorie foods. Tip: Drink a glass of water before you eat a large meal, you will feel fuller faster.
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.
In the winter we tend to crave comfort foods, while in the summer we crave juicy fruits and healthy salads. Research has shown that due to increased sweating, we tend to order more drinks, fruits and vegetables in the summer because we are thirsty. They also explain that most restaurants change their menus for the summer because they know about the changes in individual’s food preferences.