4 min read
02 Jun

Summer bodies are made in winter... well we say, Summer bodies are winter bodies! Before we dive in, it is important to state that ALL bodies are beautiful and whatever shape you choose to have - and that makes you happy, do you angel! The core focus here is a healthy body and weight for YOU.

Being overweight in the summer heat is no fun. In fact, for people carrying excess weight, summer can be an unpleasant season. Let's take a look at how you can reduce some of your unwanted fat and make summer a happier experience.  


Summer Weight Loss Trap

One guaranteed way to fail is to look for a "short cut" weight loss method or diet. You know what we mean: the type of program that promises, "A fast effortless way to reduce weight". In our experience, none of these diets or pills actually work, and the medical evidence is quite clear... the maximum rate of sustainable weight loss is between 0.5 and 1kg per week, perhaps a little more if you are obese. So for the sake of your sanity as well as your financial health, don't waste time on weight loss methods that make extravagant claims. If you don't believe us, think of any of your overweight friends who favor the short-term "Lose 10 kgs in two weeks'" type of approach, and ask yourself why they are still overweight. 

Three Month Summer Diet Plan

You need about three months to make a significant impact on your body shape. Remember, the human body is interested in survival, not cosmetic appearances, and since rapid weight loss is a prima facie symptom of disease NOT good health, the only guaranteed way to improve your body shape is to adopt a gradual approach of healthy eating and increased exercise. In three months, you can lose about 10kg - more than enough for most overweight people to experience noticeable health improvements as well as a much leaner body. And by reducing your weight gradually in this manner, you have far less chance of weight regain, so if necessary you can continue losing more with less danger of incurring a weight loss plateau. 

You Need A Motive

No one likes to change their habits. So if you want to change your eating and exercise habits, you need a strong motive - something to keep you dieting and exercising when boredom sets in - your WHY! Whatever motive you choose, it must be something more powerful than the urge to eat tasty high calorie foods in front of the TV! 

A Good Motive For Weight Loss 

Anything that commits you in advance to achieving your weight loss goal makes a great motive. Remember that this is a lifestyle so be bold. Book a beach holiday, or buy some gorgeous clothes to fit the body you want to have at the end of your diet program. Both these actions require you to succeed, and therefore provide constant motivation along the way.

Be Positive About Short Term Sacrifices

Whether you're trying to lose weight for the summer, save money or pass exams, an important piece of the motivational jigsaw is your ability to be positive about making short term sacrifices. The choice is fairly simple: you can focus on the "deprivation" involved in giving up certain foods, or you can focus on the benefits you will get by not eating these foods. Sadly, many dieters focus on feeling deprived. After a while they see their diet as a burden, a bore, an evil necessity. This is why so many of them quit. They can't "see" the benefits that weight loss will bring them. If you want to improve your body shape for the summer, you must avoid this trap and appreciate the longer term benefits you will receive by making short-term adjustments to your lifestyle. 

The Good News About Improving Your Diet 

Many of our tastes, food cravings and general attitudes to food are strongly influenced by what we eat and drink. We know countless mothers with families who have reported astonishing results. Ever notice how your personal and family eating habits change after less than three weeks of improved eating? Point is, the average modern diet is loaded with sugar, fat and sodium, all of which condition us to want more of these items. But if you can break out of this dependence on junk - ingredients for even 2-3 weeks, you'll notice a huge difference in your tastes. Which brings us to healthy eating.

Think Healthy Eating Not Weight Loss

In our experience, one of the most effective weight loss strategies is to focus on healthy eating. We're not saying you shouldn't stand on your scales, just don't measure progress exclusively by what the scales say. Be aware that it's just as important to enjoy your food and feel good about your change of eating habits. And any diet you hate is guaranteed to fail, no matter how much weight you lose, because as soon as you achieve your goal, you will revert to your old eating habits and regain every kilogram lost. 

Exercise Provides Wonderful Indirect Benefits

Exercise does burn extra calories and therefore does help to widen your calorie deficit. But it's direct effect on weight loss is typically quite small. In fact, it's not uncommon to gain weight when you start exercising. The real weight reduction benefits of exercise are indirect ones. It raises our metabolic rate, helping us to burn calories at a slightly faster rate, and improves our mood, which typically reduces our need for comfort-eating. However, don't overdo your exercise workouts. We've lost count of the number of dieters who started exercising too vigorously and burnt out within weeks. Ideally, start with 45 minutes/day of any physical activity you can easily manage, and very gradually increase the duration and intensity. Listen to your body at all times, and be sure to loosen up beforehand and warm down afterwards.

See Yourself As You Want To Be

If your goal is a waistline you can proudly display in the sun, then don't wait until it happens to "see" it. Visualize it from the moment you start dieting. Visualize yourself walking along a beach, or lying next to the pool with a perfectly flat stomach. Whatever your ambition for your weight or body, get used to visualizing it in the greatest possible detail. Because "seeing it" is the first step to making it come true. As they say, one picture is worth a thousand words.

Feeling Discouraged? Just Visualize The Benefits!

If you have a lot of weight to lose (30kgs +), you may not think that losing 10kgs in three months is particularly worthwhile. If so, ask yourself this question. What's the alternative? No matter what method you choose, you won't lose weight any faster, so it's only a question of when you start and how long it's going to take. We can answer the last question right now. Losing a healthy 30kgs would take about 8 months  - a little longer to allow for disasters along the way.  This is nothing. Just visualize yourself walking down the street 30kgs + lighter, and then tell us that eating healthily for 12 months is too high a price to pay for such a wonderful prospect. 

Your First Priority - Get Support

If you really want to lose weight for the summer, your first priority is to find support. Join a healthy weight-group at work, or a fitness class, or go to weight loss talks/pop-ups. Or join an online forum. Losing weight on your own is perfectly possible, provided things go well and your scales keep saying nice things. But when difficulties arise, as they surely will, having the support of real people can make all the difference between success and failure. If you experience difficulty finding support or getting results, seeking a dietician or a doctor for advice may be necessary. 

Let us know what your healthy diet and weight loss plan is - and how your progress is going. Share your results, some before/during/after pics and lets be inspirations to those that need motivation and support.

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