When the weather sizzles, you're body burns more energy trying to keep itself within a healthy temperature range. But when we let technology do that for us with air-conditioned homes, cars, work areas and shopping malls, our bodies don't need to crank up the energy expenditure.
So let the temperature rise! And let your body do what's natural. You'll find that when you allow nature to work, you will naturally lose weight during the hottest times of the year.
Another bonus of hot weather is that it slows down your digestive process. This leaves you feeling full longer, resulting in a lower calorie intake throughout the day.
And when we're feeling over-heated, we tend to migrate towards cooler, lighter foods that are lower in calories. Air conditioning not only negates this effect, but staying indoors restricts our movement, limiting our calorie-burning activities.
Of course turning off the air conditioning won’t make you lose weight. It's still up to you to monitor the calories you eat and keep active. But hot weather could make weight loss a little easier.
Are you buying this? No?
Okay, so you can't stand the heat and can't relate to the idea of staying warm on a hot day. Fine. But now at least you'll feel a little better when you do have to suffer through it.
And you'll be happy to know that winter brings bonuses, too. That's when your body burns more calories trying to keep you warm!
Megan Porter, RD