During the summer season, days are longer, life is simpler and food and drink is abundant. Summertime is an easy and festive time of year. In my 30 years of working in the weight loss industry, I’ve realized that the two months each year people gain the most weight are, December and August. By August the eating challenges of the summer season have become so overwhelming and people tend to give into temptations.
This year you can be prepared for the challenges, face them head on and persevere. First acknowledge your challenges, and then have healthy summertime habits to carry you through the four major summertime challenges.
Festivities and celebrations:
The summer season opens with various celebrations. It’s now prime wedding season, along with graduations, proms and bridal showers. Each of these celebrations is a happy and exciting occasion, and each brings eating and drinking challenges.
According to a 2014 Trip Advisor survey, 89 percent of respondents take a summer vacation. Eating and drinking habits are very different while traveling then at home. Different food is available and the vacationer has a relaxed mindset.
Barbecues and get-togethers:
A summer get-together will usually begin in early afternoon and end in late evening hours. Food and drink are available for hours on end, and it becomes a day of constant eating. It is estimated that an average barbecue consists of just nearly 3,000 calories, and you could be attending get-togethers frequently.
Day-long outings… boating, beaches and picnics:
Packing food for a day on the boat or sitting in the sand will bring another set of challenges. The fresh air may make people feel hungry, and they often pack high-calorie snack food that does not need to stay cold.
Make healthy, happy, summertime memories everywhere you go.
Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com