The birds are singing and the sun is shining brightly. So why are you feeling down again? Is it because you can’t squeeze yourself into your bathing suit, no matter how much sun tan oil you slather on? Or is it that your summer shorts make you feel like a stuffed sausage?
Yep. We’ve been there.
When the hot weather hits and the layers of winter clothes come off, there’s no place to hide. It’s frustrating we can’t shrug off the extra winter pounds as easily as our heavy overcoats.
However, the great news about summertime is that it stays warmer and lighter in the evenings. Even if you’re working like the dog days of summer, there’s still enough daylight to take a walk after work, or depending where you live, swim or even hike.
And if you live somewhere really warm, chances are your appetite may be affected. You may crave things like cold salads for dinner, and choose to eat lighter based upon what your body tells you and not just predilections for certain foods. You’ll undoubtedly drink more water and other liquids too, which can help fill you up and facilitate weight loss (as long as they’re not too sugary).
Keeping your immune system strong is key. By eating as healthy as possible, getting plenty of sleep and taking quality supplements, you are providing your body with the fuel it needs to hike, bike, swim and workout. Beware of insidious summer colds-nothing is more miserable than lying in bed on a beautiful, sunny day. Strive to stay healthy and active and you’ll be surprised how quickly those shorts and bathing suits magically become the right size for you again.
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