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Summer lovin' had me some pounds

Why do we gain weight after a holiday? Lee Mullins of Bodyism tells us how the summer can mean we gain or shed a few pounds.<br />

The Skinny Story
Less stress

The less stressed we are the less cortisol is produced. Cortisol is a hormone released when our bodies are stressed, and is linked to us storing fat on the tummy.

Sun exposure
Our body absorbs vitamin D from the sun’s rays. Vitamin D boosts our immune system and helps us maintain healthy bones throughout our bodies.

Sun exposure is good in moderation but if you get too much it will damage skin.

Regular eating

Having time allows us to eat more regularly, preventing us from skipping meals or overeating at the end of the day.

Fitting meals around hectic schedules can lead to erratic eating habits whereas on holiday we tend to eat at similar times each day which helps keep our metabolism going strong.

More sleep

Less stress generally leads to more sleep and that’s a very good thing. A good nights sleep (seven-eight hours) enables the body to repair and recover itself more efficiently.


The plus-sized story
Relaxing right

Did
you spend your summer lazing by the poolside or hiking and water
skiing? Spending the day laying on the beach isn’t the most active,
especially if your body is used to regular gym workouts or just an
overall active, physical lifestyle.

Diet
We tend to
overeat because of the extra time we have to sit down and enjoy our
meal rather than eating meals scattered throughout the day. Without
even realizing it, our sugar and carbohydrate intake increases over
time.

Combine this large intake with lack of exercise and you will eventually begin accumulating more body fat.

Alcohol
Cocktails
are nothing more than sugar and toxins. If you’re going to be drinking
go for a glass of red wine high in antioxidants. Stay hydrated with the
right drinks such as water and herbal teas and not sugary sodas.

Late nights
Late
nights caused by too much partying or jet lag can lead to us storing up
more fat, messed up hormones and low energy levels.

Sleeping in late will only make you feel more lethargic whereas getting seven to eight hours sleep increases energy levels.

Breakfast
What
we have for breakfast will affect how we feel for the rest of the day.
Starting the day with some blueberries, yoghurt and a handful of brazil
nuts will help you will feel less bloated and more energized than if
you’ve eaten a butter croissant or white bread.

 
 
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