Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your weight loss goals should fall to the wayside. For many of us, the promise of sunny weather and bikini season prompts us to go into full diet mode, but it is important to not fall back into bad habits when the leaves start changing and cooler weather is upon us. Plus, we still want to fit into those jeans, right?
To truly make a change in your lifestyle and skip the yo-yo dieting plans that don’t work, it is important to stay on course. Focus on nutritional changes that are easy to maintain, like portion control, more fruits and vegetables, and cutting down on sugar and sugary drinks. Having a doctor supervised weight loss program, that includes nutrition and exercise counseling, can help you stay focused and accountable. These programs provide treatment in a medical setting with a healthcare professional and are often covered by insurance. The initial consultation begins with a complete physical exam, a thorough medical evaluation, and an extensive review of medical and weight history by specialized physicians. Based on the results, a customized medical weight loss diet plan combining diet, exercise, and supplements is created. The goal of the program is to not only help you lose weight, but to keep it off and begin a long-term healthy lifestyle.
If you are just thinking about starting a weight loss program, but figured there is no point since summer is almost over, think again. A survey of 1,500 participants conducted by the National Dairy Council’s “3-A-Day of Dairy” program stated that the cooler months may be the best time to start a weight loss plan. Vacations are over, kids are back in school, and people are returning to their normal routines. Having a routine allows people to have more time for fitness, making healthier meals, and for themselves.
If you find yourself being tempted in the cooler months, think about the reasons you started or want to start this journey in the first place. Having a partner, such as diet counseling and a weight loss program that is professionally supervised, can make a huge difference in your success.