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Long days at the. Road trips to a weekend getaway. after work. Summer activities have the tendency to throw off your usually banal schedule in the best way. But sometimes this fun and excitement can , including when and what you eat.
Some people say yourin the summer months because you spend more time in warm weather. While you might've spent all winter hibernating and , in the summer, you tend to just eat less and do more. But is that just a side effect of having a , or is there a scientific reason why this happens? Well, maybe both.
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from way back in the '90s points to a concept called " ," or body heat regulation, to explain your fluctuating appetite. On an incredibly basic level, we know that . With this energy, we can create heat to help regulate our body temperature. In cold weather, some hypothesize that you increase your food intake because your body needs to make more heat. And, on the flip side, when it's warmer outside, you need to make less heat, so you theoretically turn to less food.
But this only tells half the story — after all, we don't exist in a vacuum, especially in the summertime. There are tons of other outside factors that can affect your appetite, cravings, and feelings of. For example, you might crave over heavier or in the summer because they taste refreshing when you're hanging outside in the sun. Or you might not have time to eat a full meal when you're on a summer hike or sitting on the beach all day, so you over larger ones. On top of this, you might receive lots of telling you that you need to be eating lighter or less food in general in the summer. (Which, quick reminder, is wrong.)
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While a little bit of a reduced appetite might be somewhat expected in the heat, in some cases, it can be a sign of something more serious. People who experience, a.k.a. SAD, in the summer (totally a thing) might notice that they have a decreased appetite as well as trouble sleeping, weight gain, and anxiety. is another condition that's marked by change in appetite. If you've been , that can put you at an increased risk of developing heat stroke, so you shouldn't discount those symptoms.
For all of these various reasons, it's extra-important that youin the summertime, and ensure that you're getting enough to suit your needs. Remembering to is also key to keeping your body temperature in check and replenishing . After all, your body is going to need energy to check off all your fun summer plans.
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Some 18 million children go hungry every summer—but you can change that. Editor’s note: School is out for America’s children, but for many kids who depend on school for free or reduced-priced meals, that means a stressful time of worrying about food and often going hungry. This June, Microsoft News is spotlighting Summer Hunger to help connect struggling families to resources that can help. We also invite our readers to join us in supporting the work of No Kid Hungry, a national campaign that brings nutritious meals to kids across the country. Each school year, some 22 million U.S.
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