A good time to start working on losing weight for the summer season, or any time for that matter, in healthy way is right now. “It is more important to have a sustainable plan because keeping the weight off is so much more the point than a time line, Kimberly Gomer MS, RD, LDN, the Director of Nutrition at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, says.
What people find most difficult when they set out to lose weight is the realization that there is no magic formula and it will take a lifestyle change, not a diet or exercise plan alone to reach the ultimate goal, Gomer says. “That takes a lot of time and effort so it can feel overwhelming. Along with all the conflicting information out there – it can be daunting!”
If you have to get back into shape, the spring is usually a good time to get yourself on track since you will give yourself a couple of months to lose weight at a healthy rate, physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy, says. “The change to warmer weather is also a good incentive to become more active and get outdoors.” So is the reminder that summer means bathing suits and lots of exposure, she adds.
One of the most difficult things when you start to lose weight is to curb the cravings, according to Dr. Wu. Everything looks delicious and enticing and everything is off limits. “Especially everything that is 'bad' for you.” People need to mentally accept that change will occur and sometimes can occur slowly, she adds. “So, they need to stay the course and make healthy choices.”
Most people know that in order to lose weight and become healthier they need to cut down on unhealthy foods and drinks and move more. “Yet if it was that simple, we’d all be doing it,” Yvonne Sanders of Slimming World, who lost 63 pounds herself, says. Losing weight is hard work but there are several ways you can make it easier.