How Do The Dog Days of Summer Impact Weight?

It has taken me 63 years to now understand what/why we use the phrase “Dog Days Of Summer”.  I have certainly heard this expression used many times over the years but today my deep research (Google) provided the answer:  The ‘Dog Days of Summer” refer to the most temperature-oppressive period of summer, between July 3 and August 11.  The phrase is derived from the fact that during this time period, the sun occupies the same region of the sky as the star, Sirius.  This star is the brightest star in the sky and is located in the constellation, Canis Major, that is Latin for the “Greater Dog”.  Hence, the “Dog Days of Summer”.

Okay, enough BS trivia and on to some points about weight control:  There are seasonal variations to the motivations involved for embarking on weight control efforts.  For example, after the holiday season, people often make the resolution to become healthier and that is why “weight loss” programs and products are most popular during this time period.  In the spring, a great motivator is the desire to look good/fit into swim wear as the winter clothes are being shed. In the fall, there is often a desire to look great for the upcoming holiday parties.

However, during the Dog Days of Summer, what is the great motivator?  We are in the thick of the pool/beach season so kind of “too late” to do much about how we look.  The holiday season seems far off so there is plenty of time to do something about the weight in the fall.  New Year’s resolution to lose weight?  Way too early..

Losing/controlling weight long term involves not allowing seasonal motivators to provide the impetus to remain committed long term to the behavioral changes necessary for success.  We should all remain just as motivated on July 9 as we are on January 1.

Take advantage of these “Dog Days” to exercise more, grill up more protein for the week on the grill and drink plenty of water.  These efforts will help you continue to lose weight as opposed to losing motivation.  And yes, take your dog out for more evening and early morning walks as your loyal friend will really enjoy these dog days with you.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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