Hey Angels and Alphas,
Do you pay attention to how the seasons affect your metabolism? Do you make any changes to your diet or exercise routine based on the time of year?
If not, now is a good time to start paying attention! Our metabolism goes through natural changes throughout the year, and if we’re not aware of them, they can throw off our whole fitness routine. So let’s take a look at how the seasons affect our metabolism, and what we can do to adapt our lifestyles and training styles so we maximize our results.
Here’s a quick run-down on how the seasons affect our metabolism:
In the Spring, our metabolism starts to speed up as we come out of the winter months and head into warmer weather. This is due to an increase in sunlight exposure, which helps to boost our metabolism.
In the Summer, our metabolism stays elevated as we enjoy long days filled with sunshine and outdoor activities. However, we may also find ourselves eating more calories than usual during this time of year, so it’s important to be mindful of portion sizes and make sure we’re getting enough protein and healthy fats to keep our metabolism humming along. In the Summer, we tend to be more active. We’re out in the sun more often, which means we’re getting more vitamin D. We also sweat more, which helps to detox our bodies. All of this activity boosts our metabolism and helps us to lose weight.
In the Fall, our metabolism starts to slow down as we prepare for winter. This is because we’re not getting as much sunlight, which means we’re not producing as much vitamin D. We also start to eat more, since we’re trying to pack on extra calories to keep us warm in the winter months.
On the other hand, Winter is a time when most of us are less active. We don’t get as much sunlight, so our vitamin D levels drop. And because it’s cold outside, we don’t want to do anything that will make us sweat (like exercise). As a result, our metabolism slows down and we start to gain weight. It’s completely natural for you to slim down during the Summer and gain a few pounds back when Winter rolls around. The seasons have an impact on our metabolism, and with that, they change everything about how our bodies work.
So how should you adapt your routine depending on what your fitness goal is?
If you’re someone who is trying to lose weight, you need to be aware of these seasonal changes in metabolism. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D in the Winter, and try to get out and exercise even when it’s cold. And in the Summer, take advantage of the extra energy and metabolism boosting effects of the sun and heat.
People who do heavy strength training should also be aware of these seasonal changes. In the Winter, your metabolism will be slower so you won’t be able to build muscle as quickly. That being said, you will likely pack on more weight as a result of your metabolism slowing down. But in the Summer, your metabolism will be revved up and you’ll make gains more easily. You’ll also naturally start shedding a little bit of fat.
Bringing it all together…
Of course, everything you read so far is largely a generalization. It’s very possible that you will not experience the exact same thing as everyone else, but in a broad sense, this is how different seasons affect your body. It’s important for you to know how seasons affect your metabolism so you can adapt your training, nutrition, and lifestyle and use that knowledge to help you reach your fitness goals.