Summer is fast approaching, so if you’re wanting to lose weight for the beach, now is the time to start – you still have enough time to shed pounds at a healthy pace.
If your goal is to develop a beach body, or to look good for that summer vacation, here are some tips to get you started. Don’t let another year go by yearning for change. You can make it happen by starting now, and you’ll get great health benefits as a bonus.
Step by Step Tips to Lose Weight for the Beach:
- Have a plan. That plan can be the South Beach Diet, or a medical weight loss program like ours. But it is vitally important to start with clearly defined goals, and methods for reaching them. Your plan should include weekly or even daily goals, meal plans, and workout regimens.
- If you’re losing weight for the beach, your plan must include at least some exercise. Nothing will shape your body faster than the right diet combined with movement. Lift weights. Bicycle. Walk. Run. Your body will burn more calories when you develop muscle, so work that body. Research shows you need about half an hour of cardio for good health. But even if you can only fit ten or fifteen minutes into your schedule at a time, it all helps. Joining a running or bicycling club are great ways to keep motivated to exercise.
- Protein. Your body needs protein – nutrients – to build everything from bones to muscle to hair and nails. Unlike fat, your body doesn’t store protein, so you need to have plenty of protein every day. Some of the best sources of protein are seafood and lean meats, nuts and seeds, and eggs.
- Alcohol is packed with calories. According to research, a bottle of beer contains about 153 calories, while a glass of red wine adds 125. Plan on staying away from it at least until your vacation.
- Drink water. Often our bodies misinterpret thirst for hunger. So drink up, especially when you’re hungry.
- Get plenty of fiber. Fiber is necessary to a healthy digestive system, though ironically fiber itself is indigestible. Eating large quantities of fiber can contribute to giving you a full feeling after a meal, without adding calories.
- Seek out healthy snacks. Vegetables like carrots and celery, and fruits like apples make quick and easy snacks, especially if you have prepared them in advance.
- Weigh yourself regularly. Keeping yourself aware of your weight can help you keep to your weight loss goals. Your weight can fluctuate according to what you have eaten or drunk in a day, so weigh yourself at the same time each day. First thing in the morning is ideal. And keep a record of your weight, so you can track your progress.
The Dreaded Plateau
As you lose weight, you may find yourself reaching a weight loss plateau where you can’t seem to lose any more. This is normal, and indicates it’s time to change your diet or exercise regimen.
Revise your diet; change the foods you eat. The variety will help keep you on track. And change your exercise program; if you’ve been bicycling several times a week, try walking or running, or going to a gym to lift weights. Your body will thank you for it, and your goal to lose weight for the beach will come that much more easily.