Reality Check: Say No to Summer Weight Gain
Bad habits have a way of creeping in slowly. Perhaps you are skipping your workouts a couple days each week, because ‘You have so much to do.’ Or maybe you have been indulging in unhealthy food or drinks a little more frequently. It happens . . . little by little, one small choice at a time.
If you realize that you have not been as diligent, it’s not too late to turn around and get back on track. Really! There is still plenty of summer left for you to regain whatever ground you might have lost and get back to awesome.
Here are a few common reasons that people gain weight in the summer and how to remedy them:
1. Disrupted sleep cycle. Summer brings more daylight and longer days. This extra sunshine can cause our circadian rhythms to change, thereby making us sleep less. Lack of sleep encourages our bodies to packing on a few extra pounds! Be diligent to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
2. Baby, it’s hot out there! When it’s hot and humid, we tend to move around less. Our energy is lower. But the less you move, the slower your metabolism is and the fewer calories you will burn. Be intentional about keeping up with your exercise. Find indoor exercise alternatives like boot camp classes or maybe even take up swimming. Just keep moving.
3. On the road again. Summer and travel can make healthy choices difficult & challenging. Before your summer trips, plan ahead . . . consider packing a cooler with hummus, nuts, lean proteins sources like chicken, fresh fruit and raw veggies.
4. Caution: Cookouts! Summer cookouts usually involve getting together with friends and family. Be cautious of eating hot dogs, potato salad, oily salad dressings and rich cakes. Look for grilled vegetables, fresh fruit and lean cuts of meat prepared without marinades.
Don’t let the ”summer creep” undo all the hard work you’ve done to get you where you are right now. Your future self will thank you!