Forget beach bodies–weight loss achieved by adapting real lifestyle changes has way more rewards to offer. It also takes time, which is why getting started now on some healthy habits will come in handy as things get busier in the fall.
Quitting pizza and TV time cold turkey can backfire. Instead, set weekly goals, i.e. eat healthy at least four nights a week, and go for one thirty-minute walk a day. Then, build up from there. Better yet, find ways to makeover some of the unhealthy habits you love. Watch your favorite tv shows while you jog or walk on the treadmill or do push-ups. Investigate recipes for more diet-friendly pizzas (like these–oh my, that caramelized onion and fontina slice looks amazing!).
Find A Team
Social support helps us stick to–and stay with–a weight loss program. Groups like Weight Watchers are one way to find this support; additionally, many clinics offer weight loss groups. It’s also just as effective to start with friends or family! Programs like DietBet even let you start a betting pool that pays participants who meet certain goals (just make sure you set reasonable, longer term goals based on percentages of weight instead of pounds).
Try An App
There are tons and tons of amazing apps out now to help users manage their fitness, nutrition, and weight loss goals. We suggest one that integrates both a calorie counter and activity tracker. MyFitnessPal allows users to set weight loss goals and provides a daily calorie allowance based on these goals. To add calories, users can select from an extensive library of meal items, scan barcodes, and add meals manually. Exercise can be entered manually or you can integrate a fitness tracker. It also offers access to a great–and very supportive!–community of fellow app users. You can find more great apps here.
Call The Doc
As a general rule, go see a physician prior to beginning any new weight loss program to make sure your routine is safe given your medical history, etc. They may also be able to re-adjust other medications you are taking that contribute to weight gain.
Genomic testing can provide information on what diet and medications will work for your body. It is a great tool for anyone struggling with weight gain. Certain genetic factors may make you more vulnerable to putting on the pounds, but some may also offer keys to keeping them off longer.
If you’re ready to lose weight and keep it off, we encourage you to request an appointment with our wellness experts today!