While winter gets a bad rep for weight gain – summer can also wreak havoc on your eating patterns. There are a number of reasons why summer can actually promote gaining weight instead of shedding it. Summer weight gain is also pretty common, and it is usually not something to fret over.
We’ve rounded up a few
reasons why the sweltering months might actually encourage weight gain.
We have a vacation mindset.
With the lazy, hazy days of summer in full swing, it can be difficult to establish a routine. The season is peppered with weddings, long weekends, and trips to the beach, which can make meal prepping and staying healthy an afterthought. You can combat this in by getting back on a routine and getting back to cooking at home.
It’s too uncomfortable to work out outdoors.
In the summertime, many of us are already sweating enough with poor air conditioning – the notion of heading to the gym to sweat some more seems ludicrous. It’s also difficult to work out outside with temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s.
It can be a little easier
to work out outside when the temperature is a little more manageable. Early in
the morning or late evening are best.
The most refreshing drinks are high in calories.
An ice-cold lemonade tastes best in the summer months, but it has nearly 100 calories. As for more adult summer beverages with alcohol, those are even worse. That’s why we don’t allow these on our program. In any season, staying healthy means drinking mostly water. You can make your water fancier by adding zero sugar flavouring and pieces of fruit, cucumber or mint.
There are festivals and carnivals — which means fried food.
Between music festivals, food festivals, carnivals, and events, summer is not an easy time to opt for a salad for lunch. The notion of going to an event and not ordering a boerie roll, slap chips, or a burger verges on impossible.
Restaurants open their rooftops and patios.
It’s difficult not to eat out more during summer, especially when bars and restaurants commit to the ambience with fairy lights and warm outside temperatures. After spending the entire winter hibernating indoors, it feels liberating to enjoy a cocktail on a breezy summer night. Staying on track can still mean going to outdoor restaurants, but maybe just swap out the cocktails and loaded calorie meals for long sparkling water and healthy salads, steak, chicken or fish.
The sun sets later.
With days stretching
longer, late-night snacking starts to seem more and more reasonable. This is
especially true when the weather is warm enough to make an impulsive dash to
the kitchen to whip up a snack. Cutting down on late-night snacking can be
tough, but worth it in the long run. Try not to eat later than 8pm and get to
bed at a reasonable hour to curb the temptation to snack.
We enjoy braais on weekends.
Braais aren’t the easiest place to eat healthy. Try keeping in mind the articles we gave you for September that focussed on HCG approved braai tips and tricks to keep you on the right path..
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