It seems it's natural to want to lose weight in summer, after all, that's when you want to look your best, right? For some, it is entirely too easy to lose weight, whether it be summer or winter, while others, like me, tend to battle weight gain as a constant enemy. Regardless of what side of the battle you're on, these 8 Easy Ways to Lose Weight in Summer are sure to work for you!
Swimming is one of the most rewarding ways to exercise and lose weight in summer. On a hot day, there is nothing better than to take a dive into swimming pool and swim the day away. On an average, a person of 140 pounds can burn approximately 190 calories in 30 minutes of moderate swimming, and who can stay in a cool pool on a hot day for just 30 minutes?
For the most part, those who vacation in the mountains find that it's much cooler in the summer, and thus makes for great hiking days, even in summer months. Even on summer vacation, you can lose weight, all the while enjoying the stress-relief of the mountain outdoors. Take a hike and walk the weight right off! Not only is walking and hiking a great exercise, sweating is great for your health as well. 30 minutes of moderate hiking will also burn you approximately 190 calories, and that doesn't count the extra climbing in mountain hiking!
3. Walking the Beach
There is no place better to lose weight in summer than at a beautiful beach! I find the beach to be so incredibly soothing that I simply want to live there and never leave. However, if you've ever walking in sand before, you know the extra workout you get by a simple stroll. In fact, you will burn more calories walking in sand that you will walking and jogging on the road, since your muscles are working harder with every step. But the benefits don't end here. You will also find that walking in sand is easier on your joints since it's soft. Next time your beach walking, alternate between the soft, deep sand and the hard packed sand closer to the water for a full joint-easy workout.
4. Listen to Your Body
I don't know about you, but during the summer, when it's super hot, I tend to naturally have less of an appetite. I have known people who shared that lack of appetite, and still feel the need to force themselves to eat full meals and stuff themselves. Your body is an amazing invention, and has the ability to know what it needs and doesn't need. Naturally, in the winter, our bodies want us to put on a little weight in order to keep warm, but in the heat of the summer, it knows that weight gain isn't necessary, and shifts into a weight loss mode, so to speak. If you follow your body's natural urges, you may find weight loss easier for you.
5. Keep Track
Another great way to lose weight in summer is to simply keep track of what you eat in a day. For some, it's an eye-opener when they actually see on paper what all they're consuming in a 24 hour period. Summer can be filled with lots of ice cream and fattening foods (which I know tastes good, but should always be in moderation) or lots of healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit and veggies and yummy salads! Whatever you choose to eat, keep track and make changes where needed.
6. Grab a Friend
Who wants to go swimming alone? Who wants to walk alone? Who wants to diet alone? Nobody! It is human nature to want to share things with someone else. If your hubby or significant other isn't interested in joining a more healthier you, find a friend who is. Before I got pregnant, my sister-in-law and I were walking together, and let me tell you, it does make all the difference in the world. Try it!
7. Play Mind Games (on Yourself)
Whether these things have been proven, studies show that playing simple games on your mind will encourage you to lose weight. Some say that the color blue will suppress your appetite, which is why you find few fast food places decorated in blue. So, try surrounding yourself in the color blue when eating. Also, if it's possible, eating in front of a mirror is said to aid weight loss as well, as most humans find it odd to see themselves eating. Can't hurt to try these things, right?
Water is your best friend, especially in the hot months of summer. Your body needs to stay hydrated to be healthy, and water is the best drink for weight loss. In fact, it's been proven that making the simple change to drink only water every day is enough to help you start losing weight. So hydrate and lose weight in summer!
Losing weight in summer doesn't have to be something to dread. In fact, using these 8 Easy Ways to Lose Weight in Summer, you will have having so much fun you won't even realize you're actually losing weight! If you have any summer weight loss tips to add, please feel free to leave us a comment! We love to hear from our readers!