Fun fact: your metabolism doesn't actually go on vacation when the warmer weather rolls in. Quite the opposite - it changes and adapts to the new weather conditions (and sometimes, it works a little harder).
Your metabolism can be affected by many factors, including the climate. Read on to discover what happens to your metabolism in summer and how you can support it to feel and look your best every sunny day!
One primary thing that happens in summer is an increase in our body's metabolic rate. Why? Because maintaining body temperature in hot weather makes the body work harder. This is also why you sweat more in summer.
It's like your internal engine gets a bit more revved up as the mercury climbs. So if you've ever felt like you're burning through those meals faster than usual, you're not entirely wrong.
Higher temperatures can mean a higher risk of dehydration. This is a real buzzkill for your metabolic rate. When it's hot, we sweat more. If we don't replace that lost water, our bodies struggle. Not drinking enough water can slow down metabolism, so keep your water bottle nearby!
Hydration also helps control your appetite. When we're dehydrated, we often mistake thirst for hunger, leading us to snack more. So next time you're feeling peckish, try reaching for a glass of water before diving into the chip bag.
Sleep can be affected by high temperatures at night. We tend to sleep better in cool, dark environments. So if you're tossing and turning trying to cool down, this might be a problem for your general wellbeing AND your metabolism.
Disrupted sleep can lead to changes in hormones like ghrelin and leptin. These control your appetite - when you don't sleep enough, you might notice your cravings intensity.
To ensure better sleep (and metabolism) during summertime, make sure your bedroom is cool. If you can't use AC, invest in natural bedsheets made from bamboo. They help keep your body temperature steady at night.
Research suggests that our bodies tend to crave lighter, water-rich foods in the summer. Now is the time to load up on fruits and veggies (which can support a healthy metabolism). Don't shy away from that watermelon or those juicy berries - your metabolism will thank you!
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