Monday, June 6, 2011

Hot Weather Eating

Does anyone else think it is way easier to eat healthy and lose weight in the summer? I noticed it before when I was just counting calories, and I am noticing the same thing on Medifast. In the winter, I am always cold. I hate drinking anything cold. I want to eat warm, heavy, filling comfort foods and carby stuff. I crave creamy soups, potatoes, pasta, baked goods, stuff like that. But now it is getting hot and once again I am craving cool, fresh produce: lots of salads, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other cool crunchy fresh local veggies. I also LOVE eating icy cold stuff, which right now means a lot of slushy things, shakes, and smoothies made from Medifast shake mixes, puddings, and cold drinks. I drink more water and unsweetened iced tea, too. And my appetite is far less when it is hot! Add more activity due to good weather, and you have a combination of factors that helps me stay on plan.

How about you? Is it easier for you to stay on plan in the summer?

22 comments:

Jade Angel said...

Summer is so much easier! Medifast is perfect during the summer. The only thing I miss is a little fruit. But the veggies from all the farmers markets are so good and the ice cold drinks are always nice on a hot day. Medifast and summer go hand in hand!

Grace. said...

I love the summer too, makes me more apt to go outside and use my legs lol, in the winter I tend to want to hibernate

samiam4eva06 said...

I totally agree! Except in summer I want slurpees and ice cream.. lol which is why I want my own ice cream maker to make sf sorbet :)

Anonymous said...

Yes and no. For me, the summer means lots of BBQs, lunches on patios with coworkers, drinking and Dairy Queen trips to "cool down". I feel like there are more occasions/events/parties in the summer to tempt me into slipping out of my healthy eating. Lots of friends and colleagues can be detrimental at times for sure. On the positive side, there is a lot more produce available in Canada from June-September so that part makes it easy to find healthier options.

--Ella

Duong Nguyen said...

I think it might also have to do with people being more active when the weather is warmer too.

I love summertime!

slimmer sally said...

i've been noticing the same thing too. today all I wanted was iced tea/water and salads.

Amy Jo said...

DEFINITELY!!! Just the other day I had the urge to SERIOUSLY binge... on watermelon. I decided "what the heck" and ate it until I thought I'd pop. I was running to the bathroom to pee for hours, but other than that, I felt good! I've also been eating my weight in asparagus and cucumbers. It makes me think maybe I should leave Michigan for somewhere that's always warm... but I'd miss making chubby snow angels.

❦ fitcetera said...

Oh without a doubt!
I get in to salad mode and also find it easier to drink more water.
My appetite decreases because of the heat.
I'm going to take advantage of this and go balls to the wall this summer to get much closer to goal before the hibernating season kicks in again.

It's so nice to see you back on your game again, Lyn!
You keep getting up and dusting yourself off.

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Yep, the idea of cooking big meals is out the window in the summer time. When the kids are out of school (next week!), so we're out doing more.

I DO have to be careful, though, to not overdo it with calorie-laden cold drinks.

I LOVE summer - it needs to be six months long, at least!

Diandra said...

You're totally right. Unfortunately, Germany has a food scandal: Bacteria on fresh vegetables - the health ministry has advised against eating cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce, and they're starting to include more in the mix until they'll have found the source! I'm clinging to my veggie lunch at the office, but I doubt I could convince the BF to eat salads with me at the moment... *sigh*

Anonymous said...

I totally agree- except for the outdoor party eating part- something about eating outside makes my appetite stronger. Another interesting summer vs winter thing is that I *feel fatter* when hot and sweaty than I do when I'm cool. This is my first time commenting but I'm a long time reader and love your blog!

Beth

MB said...

Not only is it easier to get out and move more without needing a shovel, it is easier to find fresh healthy fruits and veggies that don't look and taste like they were made in a manufacturing plant. I've been loving my green monster smoothies these days and craving cool salads. Yay for summertime!

Stacie said...

I agree! My husband and I were talking about this recently. We just love to hit the farmers markets in the summer. We eat so much salad, cantaloupe, berries, just all the fresh produce, yet in the winter I am fixing apple pies, and pot roast and turkeys! Maybe if we eat enough of the good stuff this summer it will roll over to winter. Lol. One problem is though, the stuff just isn't as fresh in the winter.
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Tammy said...

It's MUCH easier for me to stick with a good eating plan in the Summer. It's too hot to eat "heavy" foods and if I do, I feel sick. During the Winter..when it's cold, gloomy, etc..I exercise MORE or I did this past Winter anyway...otherwise I would have gained a ton of weight. Eating in the Winter is hard for me to control. In the Summer, I would rather have fruits and salads more.:)

Anonymous said...

I totally agree! I'm so hooked on your Medifast chocolate pudding "Frosties" this summer (thanks for sharing the recipe!), and I've always enjoyed salads and fresh tomatoes. I love to swim, and I'm at the pool with my little DS all summer long!

Hopefully, we'll all have great weight loss success over the summer!

Hugs, Maria :)

Andra said...

Love warm weather eating. My kitchen garden and the local farmer's markets make it so easy to eat veggies three meals a day. Veggies with eggs, salads for lunch, grilled meat and veggies for supper. And don't get me started on the fruit!

My one issue in the summer is I like to drink chilled white wine on the deck in the evening and all those calories really add up. I'm teetotaling until the Independence day holiday so I can splurge a little over the long weekend. I'm going to make use of the kitchen garden and brew some some pineapple sage and mint infusions to chill and sip in the evenings in lieu of wine.

Lori said...

Same for me. The fresh produce helps so much and there is no problem chugging the ice water. LOVE the summer!!!
Lori

Ellie said...

I think it is absolutely easier to eat healthy in the summer. A cool crisp salad sounds amazing in july, but in january all i want is a nice big bowl of baked potato soup with bacon and cheese.

It probably also helps that in summer you are more aware of how your legs are looking in your shorts too.

And the weather is nicer to go out and frolic in.

Maybe if I move to florida I will lose weight faster (haha)

Jenn Brigole said...

During summer, my fridge is never without a pitcher of iced tea. My house gets really warm but i have to keep up with my exercise routine (for the beach of course) that i put the treadmill somewhere outside and i much on ice cubes while cooling down. :)

Shala said...

Love the summer fruits! And I can't get enough tomatoes. I just have to do as much as I can early in the day because once the heat sets in I get a case of the lazies and all I want to do is sit on the porch with a magazine and some iced tea.
But when the sun goes down it's fun to take a walk in the fresh warm air or take a swim in someone's pool. That sort of makes up for the afternoon badness.

sandy said...

I am just the opposite. I tend to want to cook hot, healthy, nutritious meals for my family in the Winter. But when summer comes I tend to eat more snacks/finger foods that don't require heating up the kitchen. We never eat in restaurants so that is not a factor.

Debbie said...

Definitely don't feel like eating full meals. Craving fruit, veggies and salads, yum! And drinking way more water too.