Timing counts for everything in this world, not least when it comes to weight loss. Spring is the ultimate season for starting a new health kick or taking an existing one to the next level – not least because the festive season is now a distant memory and holiday season is fast approaching.
However, science also seem to support the fact, that our bodies are designed by evolution to gain weight during the winter months as part of a survival instinct and lose it easier in spring.
Here are just seven super incentives to use Spring as the springboard to a healthier you.
#1. The Natural Urge To Be Active
When the sun is shining bright, you’ll naturally want to be more active. Even without the gym, you’ll be playing sports, taking walks, willing to go out more and as a result generally burning more calories. Those natural activities provide the perfect platform for weight loss, making this the perfect time to focus on those lifestyle goals.
#2. You’ll Be Less Likely To Overeat
Whether you like it or not, there will be far less guilt about eating bigger portions when wrapped up in several layers. The slightly more revealing spring wardrobe naturally makes you more conscious about bloating your belly and overindulging. Given the importance of portion control, you should not ignore its impact on a spring weight loss venture.
Besides, you will be more active of you follow your instincts which means your body will be able to cope better with the amount of food you eat.
#3. You’ll Drink Fewer Calories
Watching what you eat is one thing, but most people find that empty calories consumed through drinks are the major downfall. The winter beverages such as hot chocolates and festive coffees can blow your diet out of the water.
In spring, however, water and similar items like iced teas will become your go-to drinks. This can make a huge difference to your weight loss. Just make sure you avoid the sugary drinks and stick to freshly made herbal teas and possible black coffee.
#4. Healthy Foods Are In Season
The winter months are largely about seeking comfort from rich and heavy foods while healthy berries and salads don’t taste quite as good from the greenhouse or are not avalable at all. Thankfully, the tables are turned in spring, with nature’s healthy treats all hitting their best seasons, farmers distributing fresh produce across the country. When those foods taste so good, your urge for the naughty stuff naturally falls.
#5. Green Foods Burn Fat
It's a bold statement I agree. Without getting too technical, greener fruit and vegetables actively lower the body’s insulin levels but what's even better is that they are very low in calories, it would be very hard to overeat them while they are filled with valuable vitamins and minerals your bdy will appreciate. Spinach, watercress and various leafed berries are all on the springtime menu. Maintain a regular intake of those delicious foods, and your body will be sure to thank you.
#6. You’ll Sleep Earlier
Changing the clocks may not feel like a big deal. However, the daylight savings are scientifically prove to help you enjoy a better sleep pattern. This is even more noticeable when combined with increased activity levels. The rewards for better sleep patterns include increased energy and better physical appearances. Both will work wonders for ongoing motivation levels.
#7. You’ll Be Getting The D
Increased hours of daylight will allow you to spend more time in the sun, which means you’ll gain more vitamin D. This is a key ingredient that can accelerate weight loss greatly. When added to the fact you’ll want to stay active in the sun, there’s no doubt that springtime is your time.
Taking control of your weight loss journey has never been more accessible. If becoming healthier and losing weight is your goal, there is no better time then now to start. Message me if you'd like tailored advice.
Owner and creator of One Small Step, Joe has been in the health and fitness industry for 8 years and takes an all-round approach to his coaching.