Reading time: 2 minutesPublished: July 15, 2018
Summer may be the time of year you find it easiest to achieve your weight-loss goals. Even though it’s the season of relaxing holidays and cocktails here's why you are more likely to lose weight during the warmer weather:
Did you know that exercise tends to be seasonal? We all feel more motivated to exercise in the warmer weather and since the temperature has been heading upwards here in the UK that means that we are all more likely to be a bit more active. There are so many ideas for being active. You may like to head out on a new bike trail or learn to sail. Perhaps running is your thing or even fitness sessions in the park. Whatever you choose, you are more likely to do something when you are inspired by the weather.
Hot weather may help suppress your appetite. It’s true, ice cream is the unofficial food of summer along with BBQs and cocktails, but overall, you may find that you're less prone to fridge raids in the warmer months. Why is that? It seems that the heat may help to downsize your appetite. In a 2013 study, people who worked out in a hot environment (86° F) ate less afterward than those who exercised in a cooler setting (50° F). This suggests that sweltering temperatures may, in fact, reduce your desire to eat—even after you've done a tough workout. How many of us have stated that it’s too hot to cook and we’ll just have a light snack instead? Sound familiar? It may also be that we are drinking more liquids, which will help to keep us feeling fuller so we feel the need to eat less food.
Sunshine makes us happy. Have you ever heard the phrase “to be of a sunny disposition”? It seems that the sun makes us feel happy and cheerful. By contrast wintertime is dark and dreary. Whilst many people love the change in seasons, for some people that means it's the season of depression. The University of Pittsburgh conducted a study of people with winter seasonal affective disorder. 27 percent reported binge eating during the most depressing months of the year. And of these overeaters, 94 percent said they isolate themselves during the winter and 90 percent said they crave carbs more than normal when it’s cold outside. Comfort food is a real issue.
You're showing more skin. Wearing a bikini fills most of us with dread. Ever heard the phrase “beach body ready”? Women consider wearing a bikini a bigger threat to their confidence than baring all in the bedroom, according to a 2012 study in Body Image. Putting on your swimwear can be serious motivation to slim down a few extra pounds. Having a gorgeous tan can make us feel more attractive too.
Whether you holiday on the UK or abroad this year, the good weather is set to stay. Many of us get take more than one holiday per year. In fact, the average person now takes 3.8 holidays per year according to the Abta Holiday Report 2017. With all these holidays both domestic and overseas, summer may be the time of year you find it easiest to achieve your weight-loss goals.
Written by: Mimi