Although there are plenty of reasons why summer is the best time to lose weight—hello, bikini season!—warm weather’s long-awaited arrival may not be synonymous with a trimmer waist.
According to research conducted by Lose It!, a weight loss app with 30 million downloads, the number on your scale probably won’t budge to your favor during summertime. Beginning in May and following through August, participants in the 2016 study experienced significantly slower weight loss progress than in the spring months. And the research points to summer cookouts as the sneaky caloric culprit!
Hamburgers, potato salad, and hot dogs are the top three most logged offenders—logging in at 112 percent, 88 percent, and 79 percent, respectively—that folks enjoy most in the summer compared to any other season. Other weight loss-hindering BBQ staples include vanilla ice cream and beer, so you may want to leave your cooler at home.
If not during crop top season, when exactly will your tummy look the tautest? Likely due to New Year’s resolutions (thanks, post-holiday weight gain!), weight loss progress peaked in both February and March, with a slight uptick in September. In fact, February showed the most drastic weight loss progress (406 percent more than the yearly average) for the group aged 18-30, which also presented the most drastic weight fluctuations. The 65+ age group proved to be most stable.
Instead of giving up on slipping on the swim gear this summer, fill up on fresh produce, take advantage of fun outdoor workouts, and avoid these grilling mistakes making you fat next time you throw your lunch on the barbie.