Summertime Weight Loss

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Summertime Weight Loss

Summer is the best season for losing or maintaining weight. Indeed, not only do we naturally eat fewer calories at this time of year, but we also tend to be more active because of the longer days. However, too much heat can wreak havoc with glucose levels, making this a time when you need to be extra vigilant about your diabetes self-management. Here are some tips to help you reap the weight benefits of summer without negatively impacting your diabetes.

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A summer-based diet

Our bodies need foods with a high water content in the summer to help cool us down and keep us hydrated. This is fantastic for weight management, as well, because these sorts foods (such as fruits and vegetables) are typically quite healthful. For tasty summer fruits that won’t cause a spike in blood sugar, think of berries and the like:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries

Some equally tasty summer vegetables include:

  • Eggplants
  • Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Kale

Eat these foods on their own or find some delicious and healthful recipes you can include them in.

Summer-friendly exercises

When it comes to physical activity, bright summer days are much more motivating than the cold winter months. Whatever your outdoor activity of choice, whether it be walking, jogging, cycling, or something else, it is likely you will do it more frequently and for longer in the summer. It is also likely that you will be more active between workouts, whether by taking strolls, gardening, or doing anything else that gets you out of the house. Research has shown that this movement between our scheduled workouts is just as important as the workouts themselves.

That said, it is important not to be overactive in the heat. If you plan to exercise outside, schedule it for early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is setting. It will still be bright, but you will appreciate not having the heat slowing you down.

Swimming — both outdoors and indoors — is the perfect exercise for the summer. It keeps you cool and refreshed while helping you lose or maintain weight.

Feeling good inside and out

The extra vitamin D from the sun isn’t only going to help your weight, but also your mood. So, as you embark on your summer health regimen, remember that your well-being is about more than your weight. To be healthy, you want to feel good inside as well. Have a wonderful summer!

Want to learn more about weight management? Read “Tried and True Weight-Loss Techniques,” “Losing Weight Without Feeling Hungry,” and “Seven Ways to Lose Weight.”

Nicola Davies, PhD

Davies is a Health Psychologist and Medical Writer at Health Psychology Consultancy Ltd. Her expertise is in the psychology of health and well-being, which she writes prolifically on across the globe. She has three books: I Can Beat Obesity! Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Lose Weight and Avoid Relapse, I Can Beat Anorexia! Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Recover and Avoid Relapse, and Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: A Practical Guide to Long-Term Recovery.

Davies’ work in the field of pain is largely focused on lifestyle, behavior change, coping, and developing the skills and confidence to self-manage.

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