Summer Weight Gain - Why It Happens
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Weight Loss: How to Lose Winter Pounds
Months ago at the melting of the last snows of winter, many individuals breathed in a sigh of relief. Finally, warmer temperatures were on the rise and due to such, those bath scales would soon be on the decline!
Time to diet - time to drop those unwanted pounds that had built up over the long winter's nap, some from the holidays, some from just being a bit too lazy during the colder months.
So, when summer arrived did most of those individuals lose that unwanted weight?
Fat chance, for most ended up not losing a pound and many went on to gain even more unwanted weight. "How the Diet Heck did this happen?" most are asking as summer fades and a new winter quickly approaches over the Diet Horizon. Here are the top reasons why weight gain is on the rise during summer months:
- Dragging out the grill for summer - perhaps the number one reason for gaining weight in the summer. Grilling should add a healthy lift to our diets, but most of us love to smatter on the sauces. Only a full-fledged rabid dieter can resist the tangy goodness of bar-b-que. And most of us don't stop with the sauces. We go on to pile unhealthy salads on our flimsy paper plates like Grandma's Potato Salad prepared with grandma's homemade mayo.
- The kids are home for summer vacation and although this should pull a little stress from the busy family schedule, most of us find ourselves parked at fast food restaurants rather than in our quaint little kitchens hammering out low calorie meals. Save a little time, save a little hassle, but oh my, those pounds keep piling on.
- Exercise? Not when it's hotter than hell outside and who can exercise when they are being chased by a flock of mosquitoes and wasps bigger than Texas? Solution: Exercise equipment that ends up serving as a clothes hanger.
- Daylight Savings Time makes it impossible to go to bed with the chickens. Most of us are staying up later and sleeping in longer. Once we arise, we enjoy a mini lunch at 11, a late lunch at 2, a mini dinner at 6, and a pizza to go with the movie at 10.
- The heat zaps energy and our bodies seem to crave more sugar and salt than usual. In addition, we discover that we are drinking more beer, soft drinks, sweetened iced tea and lemonade.
- Picnics filled with popular cool-foods such as potato chips and dips help spur weight gain, as do other summer gatherings such as family reunions and company picnics. Eating the boss' wife's homemade cinnamon buns is a must for any respectable employee seeking a quick raise....
Okay, now that we know some of the delicate crevices that we can fall into when it comes to weight gain, how can we mend our "wicked weighs" and regain our health?
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