High temperatures take their toll on our intake year after year, but here's how to combat summer appetite in four easy steps.
If in the last few weeks you have noticed that your appetite has noticeably reduced, don't worry. It is normal that the arrival of summer, and with it the high temperatures, can lead to a lack of appetite, especially for children and the elderly. But why does this happen? There is an explanation.
According to the leading health and wellness company Juice Plus+, one of the most common causes of loss of appetite is the increase in temperature. This is because during the colder months of the year, the body requires a greater intake of food to carry out thermogenesis, i.e. the increase in body temperature. On the other hand, when the summer season arrives, the body hardly needs any energy to regulate temperature, so it does not need as much calorie intake.
Another reason for this loss of appetite is the increase in leisure time and holidays. Summer is the time of the year when we spend the most time away from home, so we finally break with routine without even realising it. We don't eat at home normally and we increase the calories by drinking beer, sangrias, ice cream or high-fat meals. In this case, however, the lack of appetite does not mean weight loss, but the opposite.
How can you combat poor appetite?
However, there are different ways to combat this summer appetite so that it doesn't become a problem for your diet. Here are four tips that you can add to your summer routine every year and you won't regret it.
1. Stay well hydrated
It is obvious that during June, July and August we sweat more and therefore lose fluids. Three quarters of our body is water, which is involved in processes such as digestion, temperature regulation and nutrient transport.
In order for these functions to function properly, fluid intake and good hydration during the summer season are essential. You can also include cold teas, smoothies or homemade ice creams in your diet.
2. Opt for refreshing recipes
The heat makes us want to eat less and less solid food, so we should opt for lighter foods. Seasonal fruits and vegetables such as apricots, watermelons or melons become the 'must have' in our fridge thanks to their satiating capacity and high water content. As if that were not enough, they also contain minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and fibre.
3. Eating pulses
Although we tend to associate pulses with low temperatures, we cannot do without them during the summer. They have a high nutritional value and can be eaten in the form of salads and with added protein such as smoked salmon, prawns or tuna.
4. Make healthy snacks
Don't make holidays the perfect excuse to neglect your health. Whenever you leave the house, try to take a snack with you, such as fresh fruit, nuts or nutritional bars that will prevent you from indulging in highly processed foods.
Some of these alternatives to keep your health and hydration perfect for this time of year can be found at The Juice Plus+ Company, a company committed to healthy living and which has a wide range of nutritional products made with the most natural ingredients.
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