The winter months are infamous for weight gain, yet, it doesn’t bother us much because it’s easy to let ourselves go and pile on the kilos under layers of clothes. But, come summer and you’re all out looking for ways to shed those extra kilos they have gained. Having excess fat not just makes you look and feel terrible but also increases your risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, certain cancers, etc. Creating and adopting plans designed for healthy eating and physical activity may help improve health and aid in weight loss.
What’s even better is that summer is an ideal time to lose weight. It’s warm outside and there are many ways where you can indulge in aerobic activities like swimming, running, walking, climbing stairs, etc. So, if you want to take control now and use the warmer months of the year to focus on your health and weight loss, here are some simple effective strategies to help you lose weight and slim down your tummy without too much extra effort.
An abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables
vegetablesSummers come with a variety of seasonal, fat-burning foods – such as like cucumbers, peaches, asparagus, broccoli, watermelon and berries – that are low in calories but high in nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables not only provide you with the daily a daily nutrient hit but also makes you feel full and lowers your calorie intake. Moreover, low-carb foods have been shown to help people lose more weight in a shorter period of time when compared to low-calorie or low-fat foods.
You tend to eat less
One reason why losing weight seems easier in summer is that many people don’t feel hungry as much as they do in winter months. This could be because of the sunlight that may act as a natural appetite suppressant by increasing serotonin levels. Studies suggest that serotonin, this powerful brain chemical, may curb cravings and shut off appetite, making you feel satisfied even if your stomach is not full. This result in eating less, which may lead to weight loss.
You stay hydrated
As the temperature rises in summer, you tend to drink more water than any other season. Drinking enough water keeps you energised and well-hydrated. Water contains zero calories, it boosts your metabolism, cleanses your body of toxins, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Studies show that drinking water before meals, preferably half an hour, helps you lose weight as it makes you consume fewer calories at meals.
Unlike winter, where people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), summer makes people feel good and happy. Studies have shown that people with SAD tend to binge eat during winters, thereby causing weight gain. While the brightness of summer naturally enhances your mood, exposure to sunlight increases levels of serotonin (the happiness hormone) and melatonin (a hormone in your body that plays a role in sleep).
You can work out
Summer is a great time to exercise and lose weight. Just ensure that you do not work out when it is hot outside, instead opt for indoor exercises like gymming, swimming, etc. Try to exercise in the cooler morning or evening hours to minimize the thermal stress.
You can eat outdoors
While eating right plays a key role in losing weight, research suggests that eating in dim light may make people linger over their food more. Just be sure to not step out when the sun is at its peak and keep nutrition in kind when dining with friends and family under the sun.