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Simple tips for summer weight loss
Donít let the lazy days of summer get you off track
 
Published Monday, July 21, 2014 9:30 am
by StatePoint

 

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Don't let the lazy days of summer derail your weight loss goals. A little planning and support go a long way in staying slim and fit during bikini season.

The irony of summer is that for many people, it’s the most important time of year to stay fit, but it can actually be the hardest time of year to stick to one’s diet.

“Too many weight loss plans are not designed for the reality of everyday living, especially in summer when there can be extra challenges like vacations, family barbecues and a general change of pace,” said Anthony Fabricatore, Ph.D., vice president of research and development at Nutrisystem.

But dieters can stay on track no matter where life takes them with these simple tips.

Make time to exercise

Daily exercise is important for weight maintenance, weight loss and general health. So don’t let your exercise routine take a vacation when you do.

Skip the shuttle bus at the amusement park and walk from attraction to attraction. At the pool? Take breaks from lounging to swim laps. Whenever there is a choice between the elevator and the stairs, take the stairs. Squeezing in just ten minutes of physical activity here and there is beneficial.

Eat right, all the time

The best-laid plans of dieters are often scuttled by unexpected temptation. But you can avoid being a victim of your circumstances with technologies that can help you pace your calorie intake throughout the day.

For example, dieters can turn to digital weight loss programs like NuMi (NuMi.com) by Nutrisystem via its “Responsive Dieting” technique. NuMi looks at an individual’s food preferences, lifestyle, metabolism, activity and weight loss goals and then takes real life into account.

NuMi adjusts according to the information you provide it, so if your spouse surprises you with chocolate chip pancakes when you were all set to whip up an egg white omelet, the rest of your day is adjusted on the fly to meet your weight loss goals.

The app also customizes its recommendations based on your personal quirks or circumstances, such as what’s in your fridge that day or certain dietary limitations you have. Say you want one meal of the day to be bigger than others, or you want Mexican food, Asian, or Italian, NuMi will customize recommendations for your palette.

“A focus on lifestyle versus dieting alone is crucial for success,” said Fabricatore, who was involved with development and testing of the product.

Get Support

Support is invaluable when you’re attempting to lose weight. Whether that means a running partner, a dieting buddy or a professional expert like a personal trainer, having someone cheer on your successes can motivate you to work harder.

This summer, don’t let your lifestyle throw a monkey wrench in your long-term health and wellness goals. By making adjustments as you go, you can stay fit, healthy and happy.

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