Spring is the season of new beginnings. It is the perfect time for positive change and the start of the new you. In fact, there are a bunch of external factors associated with the season of spring which make it easier to lose weight. So if you keep putting it off, this is your sign. We are here to tell you that right now is the time to start losing weight and commit to a healthier, happier version of you.
Here are the top reasons why spring is the best time for weight loss.
1. Warmer weather equals fewer hits on the snooze button.
It’s easier to wake up and enjoy the morning when you aren’t faced with the decision between being a warm toasty cinnamon bun versus the chilly outside world. Now you have the opportunity to walk the dog, hit the gym or stretch and catch a sunrise.
2. Your home is healthier.
Swinging wide the windows and a little elbow grease can do wonders for your weight. A spring clean makes you feel more in control of your life and is also an opportunity for incidental exercise. Fun fact: the average person burns 133 calories per half hour of cleaning.
3. Eating al fresco leads to eating less.
The combination of fresh air and beautiful scenery encourages you to eat more slowly and more mindfully. This means you savour the food, allowing your brain time to realise you are full before you have scoffed down an entire loaf of garlic bread.
4. It’s lighter for longer which means you’re no longer limited to eat, work, eat, sleep, repeat.
Let’s be honest, when it’s dark and miserable, all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and Netflix, but when it’s light outside, there’s something inside us that says, “seize the day!” You can soak up some afternoon light, enjoy the lush, spring scenery or even use the extra time for meal prep and running errands (again, incidental exercise).
5. Stacks of fresh seasonal produce.
The yummiest foods in spring are also excellent fuel for your body. Load your plate with juicy berries, salads packed with leafy greens and water-based fruits and vegetables. Plus, when the mercury is high, you’re less likely to crave comfort food.
6. Heat helps you burn calories.
When you sweat it out in a hot environment, your body needs to work really hard to regulate your temperature. That’s why exercising in warmer weather actually burns more calories.
7. The holiday season hasn’t started (yet).
You are on the precipice of the most festive time of the year which means you have the motivation to drop a dress size or two without any of the distractions of Christmas parties and end of year celebrations.
8. A dose of Vitamin D will increase weight loss motivation.
You can become Vitamin D deficient when you don’t get enough sunlight. The symptoms are blue moods, achy bones, and brain fog – none of these are conducive to weight loss and diet stick ability. So an increase in sun exposure is sure to help brighten up your mood.
9. You’re less hungry as the temperature heats up.
Your body is working hard to decrease its temperature and things like digestion actually increase body heat. So naturally, the body signals to eat less so it doesn’t have to work so hard.
10. Showing a little skin reminds you of your goals.
Rather than being fearful of mini-skirts and singlets, embrace the motivation to become the healthiest, happiest version of you. Flaunt what your mama gave you and watch your body tone up as you practice intermittent fasting.
11. More people are trying to lose weight too.
That means it will be easier to find a workout buddy. You won’t feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway at a deserted gym, or Nigel No-Friends on your weekend walk, which brings us to our next point…
12. It’s the best time of the year for walking!
This Goldilocks weather is not too hot and not too cold. Trees are blooming, birds are chirping, and the air is fresh. Enjoy the social aspect of fitness and make it fun, not everything has to be a go hard or go home competition.
13. That summer body motivation.
Summer is just around the corner, so starting your weight loss journey now means you have set yourself a realistic timeframe to lose kilos in time for swimsuit season. If you start now, you will notice a difference by the time Christmas parties and end of year celebrations begin.
14. There’s no better time than the present!
You could keep putting it off, but you’ll only wish you had started earlier. Your future depends on the decisions you make today. So why not start with baby steps? You won’t regret decidedly doing something for your health and quality of life.
Here is the moral of the story:
Today is the day. Give this way of life a red hot go. You won’t regret it. What do you have to lose… except for the wobbly bits?