Weight Loss Tips to Get Ready for Summer
As the spring months give way to the shorter skirts, exposed arms, shorts, and swimsuits of summer, there’s renewed vigor by many of us to do what we can to look and feel our best. And, there’s no better place to start than how we treat our astonishing bodies—what we put into and onto them and how we keep them moving.
When I’m asked by my patients what I recommend for ways to look and feel the best, I suggest they ask the questions I list below to make sure they’re doing all they can to help their bodies reach and maintain an ideal weight. And, it’s definitely not about hitting a certain number on the scale, but reaching for optimal wellness.
Am I moving throughout the day?
Yes, please keep going to the gym for your morning workout (strive for strength training, intervals, and cardiovascular exercise two to five days per week to encourage faster weight loss and enhance calorie-burning muscle growth), but don’t let your activity stop there. I know it’s a struggle for many of us who sit at a desk behind a computer all day to keep moving, but sitting too much reduces the benefits of exercise and stalls weight loss.
Schedule breaks into your day that get you up and moving to increase your body’s fat-burning capacity—go to the kitchen to fill up on water, ask your colleagues to take a quick walk at lunch, consider a stand-up desk, do planks or jumping jacks just to get your blood pumping, or use the restroom on another floor and take the stairs to get there. There are many options to get short bursts of activity into your day, and a good way to keep you on track is to set a timer for every 60-90 minutes. These physical breaks are also good to keep your brain invigorated and can even increase productivity.
Am I properly hydrated?
At minimum, you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Nope, coffee and tea don’t count. I love to start my day drinking two 8- to 10-ounce glasses of water first thing in the morning. That primes the pump to give your body more water throughout the day. And, although it seems counterintuitive, properly hydrating actually helps your body release excess water more efficiently. So overtime you'll notice you won't be running to the bathroom as much. It’s true!
Am I eating too many (or can I eliminate) white-flour foods?
Depending on your current diet, you might not yet be at a place where you have completely eliminated white-flour foods (cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, processed breads, crackers) that are really high in sugar, but I suggest you actively work to reduce your intake of them. I know, they’re really yummy, but that high sugar spikes your insulin levels, and insulin is a fat-storage hormone. If you fuel your body with white-flour foods you experience perpetually high levels of insulin which makes your body resistant to burning fat and causes it to hold on to excess water. Curb the carbs, and you’ll start to see a change.
How am I managing stress?
Stress can slow down your metabolism and can make you less mentally resilient to make healthy food and exercise choices. I suggest that you implement some breathing exercises and stress-busting essential oils into your life. Some of my favorite oils to apply on my wrists and behind my ears to release emotional stressors are Balance, Peace, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile.
Am I getting 7-9 hours of good sleep per night?
Chronic sleep deprivation is a health epidemic. And, your body gains weight when it’s not well-rested. Your body isn’t capable of feeling its best without enough sleep. Check out some of my favorite sleep recipes to help you catch more ZZZZs.
Recipes to help your body look its best
Apple Cider Vinegar Flush
For a little morning detox after your first two glasses of water, try this:
In a shot glass, add warm water plus a teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and organic honey. Stir it up and shoot it down. Bonus: Add a drop of Lemon essential oil (to balance your pH and to support your liver) and a drop of Ginger oil (to bring down inflammation). Oftentimes when we hold onto excess water or extra weight, we have inflammation in our system.
Water Release Recipe
3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil in 10 ounces of water three times per day. Work your way up to a total of 15-22 drops per day, adding no more than 5 drops of Grapefruit per 16 ounces of water at a time.
Slim and Sassy Rub
3-5 drops of doTERRA’s Slim and Sassy* in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply over area where tightening is desired. Slim and Sassy is known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Looking for new recipes to nourish your body and make it feel great? I’ve gathered many of my favorite recipes in my Detox ME Mini Food Guide. You can download it for free TODAY!
Bring on summer fun, because you will be ready for short sleeves, sassy summer dresses, and swimsuits if you implement these suggestions into your routine now.
*Caution: Slim and Sassy has Wild Orange oil in it, a photosensitive essential oil. Be sure to apply 12-24 hours before exposing area of application to direct sunlight. This may mean you have to apply your Slim and Sassy the night before being outside or being proactive about it and applying during the week when your skin is being covered up by clothing so you can show your skin bare to the sun on the weekend, when you plan on wearing your swimsuit.