When looking to shed some extra weight, it can be daunting knowing where or when to start. Should you try over the winter, in preparation for the summer months? Or should you try over the summer when tasty fresh fruit and vegetables are in season?
Both times of the year have their advantages but figuring out which is better for a successful weight loss journey could be a challenge.
Here at Bodyline, we’re going to break down the benefits and drawbacks of attempting weight loss over summer and over winter.
Whether you’re looking to get fitter for your health, or lose weight to fit back into your old clothes, can the time of year have a negative impact on your weight loss journey?
If you’ve tried everything to lose weight at both times of the year and don’t seem to be seeing results, you may want to consider a bespoke medical weight loss journey with Bodyline Clinics. We have helped more than 100,000 people achieve their weight loss goals and have over 17 years of experience. Our fully supported programmes can help you lose up to a stone in your first month!
Get in touch by calling 0800 995 6036 or filling in an online contact form for a call back.
Over the summer months, the warm weather aids in our ability to successfully lose weight. Exercising outdoors, eating fresh summer fruits, and enjoying a reduced appetite, all of which aid in your weight loss goals.
- Warmer weather increases motivation
The warmer temperatures make it more likely for people to head out and exercise, as opposed to staying indoors and stationary all day. The weather tempts us out of bed and makes it easier for us to follow through with our exercise motivations.
- Slower digestion
Studies show that in hotter weather our bodies experience decreased appetite, making us less likely to snack or crave unhealthy foods. That’s because the body requires less energy, or calories, to maintain our body heat!
- More water
In the summer months, we are more likely to drink water and hydrate ourselves. This is beneficial in weight loss as we can feel fuller for longer, satiate cravings, and improve our metabolism – all this just from drinking more water! This can be transferred to winter too – just actively ensure you drink enough water throughout your days, preferably 2-3litres.
- Fits round your schedule
Lighter mornings and evenings make it easier for us to schedule in enough exercise in our days. An early morning run or late evening bike ride can be safe, bright, and fun throughout the summer season.
- Holiday weight gain
Summer holidays are often a brilliant way to show off weight loss success, but can be an opportunity to gain a little back on. In fact, 61% of adults gain weight as a result of a holiday or vacation. While this is an irritating part of going on a summer holiday, it isn’t inevitable. Read here about how to maintain your summer weight loss even while on holiday!
- Wedding and BBQ season
Temptation rears its head throughout the summer season. Drinks at weddings, burgers at barbeques, the list goes on. Many people find it tricky to lose weight during summer due to their predispositions to an ice-cold alcoholic drink in the sun. But if you can use your willpower and discipline to remain on your weight loss journey throughout the summer, you can do anything!
Though Christmas often comes with indulgence and plentiful meals, it can also be a good opportunity for weight loss. With the motivation of bikini season ahead of you, and herbal teas available to keep you warm and healthy, there may be a chance for success in winter!
- Cold weather shivers
Did you know that shivering for around 15 minutes can burn the calories equivalent to 1 hour of moderate exercise? Being cold in the winter can therefore help you burn calories without even trying!
- Summer motivation
In the summer, there’s not as much motivation to make large changes in your diet and routines as in winter. With winter, you’re preparing for less clothing, more skin on show, and higher stamina – all of which are great motivation to stay strong on your weight loss journey.
- You’re not alone
Winter is one of the most common times of the year for people to begin a weight loss journey, so you’re sure to find other like-minded people to reach your goals alongside. Research shows that when we attempt to lose weight in a community setting, we are more likely to reach our goals!
- Christmas overindulgence
Winter does come with its drawbacks: the Christmas season of chocolate, snacks, and candy canes. One study saw thousands of adults increase their weight over the Christmas period.
- Less motivation to exercise in cold, dark weather
Dark and brisk mornings don’t motivate anyone to leave their comfortable beds in the winter season. That being said, there are many ways to get around this by exercising without leaving the comfort of your own home. At-home yoga, online exercise videos, or even just housework can burn enough calories!
So for losing weight, it appears both seasons have their highs and lows, but in reality it’s all about your motivation and drive to reach your weight loss goal. If you set your mind to it you can have your dream body no matter what time of year it is.
If you’re looking for ongoing support throughout a medical weight loss journey, get in touch today by calling 0800 995 6036 or filling in an online contact form for a call back.