After the end of a long, lazy (although more often than not hectic) summer on Cape Cod many women approach me wanting to get “back on track”. Many report weight gain, lethargy and frustration with their health goals. Many of us think that it should be easier to lose weight in the summer- typical foods used to aid in weight loss are more readily available in the summer than the winter. Just think of all of the fruits, summer vegetables and salads that many of us consume during this time of year.
However, summer is also the time that for all our good intentions, we don’t workout as much. We go out to eat a lot more and spend a lot more time grilling outside with our friends (and all the “fixins” that go along with this sort of activity).
At this time of the year, many of us turn to fad diets or quick weight loss fixes, because we are at our most desperate at this time – frustrated because we had to hide behind clothes because our bathing suit didn’t fit the way we wanted it to this summer, or, it did at the beginning of the summer, but not anymore.
With this in mind, I thought that it might be a wonderful time to give you some “do’s” and “don’ts” of healthy weight loss:
- Stay away from diets that say “don’t eat (name the food)”: this type of diet focuses on restriction, which is never sustainable over the long term.
- Stay away from diets that say “Only eat (name the food): this is also focusing on restricting yourself.
- Don’t choose a diet that says that you have to eat a specific brand of boxed food: Mostly because there are a lot of preservatives in these foods – you can learn to make smart portion sizes with the right amount of nutrition for you without living in a diet box for the rest of your life. What would someone who lost their weight using these foods do once they got to goal? They wouldn’t have any idea how to prepare foods for their body type that were healthy and usually go back to old ways, which lands them back in the spot that they were in before.
- Do make up your mind to get some sort of movement in daily: this will help you focus on the fact that you are making good choices for yourself and your health on a daily basis.
As a health coach, I work with women to help them achieve their health goals without denial, discipline and most of all, with FUN! Good luck on your health journey.
For more simple tips like these or to learn more about what I do as a health coach, please visit http://www.ElementalHealthandWellness.com.