There are always seasons of the year when more people start a new diet or exercise more; and a couple of months before summer is one of those times. The warmer days are starting to show up and, in about two months, it will be the high season of summer and everyone wants to enjoy and make the most of it.
Regardless of if you’re going on a holiday to a warmer place to relax on the beach, or just staying home this year with your family; the summer is always a very special time. It will be easier to start losing weight few months before so you can feel more comfortable in your body.
7 rules to lose weight before the summer:
1. It takes up to two months to start losing weight:
While it seems obvious that we can’t lose a big amount of weight overnight, we can’t be sure how long it will take to lose all our extra weight unless we do the maths. Dietitians claim that it takes at least six to eight weeks of keeping up with a specific type of exercise and diet; to start seeing the results.
So, what you need to do is to prepare in advance and calculate how much time you would need to lose weight before the summer arrives. So you can have time to lose weight without stressing or resorting to extreme methods. This way you can enjoy the hottest season feeling like the best version of yourself.
2. Start a lot earlier than the summer:
For many people, summer is the season when we just loosen ourselves, relax and just wear fewer clothes or revealing ones that show more skin than usual. So, it’s natural to want to look our best during this season but for that, we’ll need to start losing weight before the summer arrives.
Not only will you be stressed trying to lose weight quickly when the summer has already begun or almost started, but you won’t have clothes that fit you right. Plus we only know how much stress can ruin a diet and make us overeat.
If you achieve your ideal weight before summer arrives, you can have time to update your summer wardrobe slowly and gradually. This way, you can know that you will have an outfit for every occasion.
3. Take your time and use the right safe and healthy methods:
Many diets and exercise programs promise to help you lose weight, quickly. You should beware of these methods because, as much as they sound promising, they can also pose risks to our body. Some of these methods to lose weight promise that you will achieve your goal in less than a month.
But for that, you either have to do extreme workouts that may not be customised for your body or have a diet that eliminates too many foods leaving you with nutrient deficiency. Sometimes, you will even do both if you’re so desperate and it could cause health problems.
We should not forget about the bad weight loss advice or programs that involve buying supplements that are full of sugar and won’t help you in the end. It’s better to have a healthy and safe plan to lose weight, that can take more time to complete but it will help a lot. And again, that’s why starting early is key.
4. It’s a gradual process:
Losing weight is not something that happens overnight, so you should be patient and know that it’s normal to take time.
Sometimes you don’t have much excess weight to lose so focus on following a good, slow and healthy routine, that doesn’t have to be stressful. It is better to opt for a slower option that doesn’t starve you and make you overeat one day and ruin all your progress, rather than a quick method that’s not sustainable in the long run.
5. You tend to naturally lose weight during summer:
Many people complain about the fact that they want to eat but simply cannot eat as much food anymore, because they lose their appetites, when the weather is hotter.
It’s a normal thing that happens and we tend to ingest fewer calories in summer naturally but you also get dehydrated faster. The point is, it’s not a good season to be overweight as your body won’t be able to handle the sudden temperature change. But it is more likely to be able to adapt and cope if it is at a healthier weight, in this case then all you’ll have to do is drink more water and stay hydrated.
It’s wise to choose to start losing weight before the summer as your body will be healthier and more resistant to the hot weather.
6. Detach your emotions from food:
This may sound harsh at first, but one of the reasons why people gain weight is because they stress-eat or eat unhealthy food when they feel sad or depressed. It is also safe to say that they eat delicious and tasty unhealthy food to make themselves feel better; about whatever situation or problems they’re going through.
Summer can be associated with splurging, so if you suffer from emotional eating then it is better that you work on it as soon as possible. Practice self-control to manage these urges better, before summer arrives.
7. Don’t panic, rush or stress:
Realising that summer is about to arrive sooner than you thought and you haven’t even started trying to lose weight is quite stressful. If you plan it at least three to four months before summer, you will have a much more enjoyable experience and weight loss journey.
Besides, you should take into consideration that stress generates toxins in your body that will make it harder to lose weight.