Fall is a natural time for change. Even though we may partly wish for an endless summer, most of us also look forward to changing our schedules (back to school!) and our wardrobes (plaid! cashmere!). Embracing the changes that fall brings can help boost your weight loss program, too. No need to wait until the New Year to set new weight loss goals. Try starting now with these 7 weight loss tips for fall:
1. Get outside
One of the great benefits of living in San Diego is that the weather allows us to enjoy the outdoors all year long. Even if your fall schedule doesn’t allow for whole days spent hiking and biking, you can still benefit from shorter stints spent outside. Oxygen and daylight are both energizing and mood enhancing and can have a positive impact on your weight loss program.
2. Get into a routine
Fall is a natural time to settle into a routine. And routine is great for weight loss because it helps to promote consistency. Adding healthy meals, exercise, and even cheat days into your routine will help you move steadily toward your weight loss goals.
3. Focus on long-term health
When it comes to weight loss, mindset matters. In the spring, focusing on how you’ll look in your bathing suit can help provide incentive to stick with your weight loss program. But one of the benefits of starting in fall is that with bathing suit season so many months away, it allows you to focus on your long-term health instead. And that provides a greater chance of lasting results.
4. Shop for your body size
Starting a weight loss program during back-to-school shopping season can make it tempting to shop for the size you hope to be rather than the size you are. But “buying skinny” is like telling yourself you don’t deserve new clothes until you’re thin enough to fit them, which can have a negative impact on your self-confidence and your weight loss program. Conversely, buying clothes that fit you at your current size will have you feeling sexy and beautiful exactly as you are. That boost in self-confidence can promote additional positive lifestyle choices that actually help you meet your weight loss goals.
5. Pack your lunch
Although your schedule may pick up a bit in the fall months, taking the time to pack a lunch each morning can help you stick to your nutritional goals. Not only does it help you stay conscientious about exactly what you’re eating, but it can also help you avoid the slippery slope of giving in to the temptations that beckon from restaurant menus.
6. Stay hydrated
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean water is no longer important. Staying hydrated is important no matter what the season is. This fall, give yourself goals for how many times you’ll fill up and drain your water bottle each day. Another benefit is that all those steps you take between your desk and the water cooler (and, yeah, the bathroom, too) will add up on your Fitbit.
7. Seek support
Sometimes lifestyle changes that lead to lasting weight loss are difficult to make when you’re faced with cravings and hunger pangs. If you find that you’re having trouble limiting your caloric intake, prescription appetite suppressants taken under medical supervision can help jumpstart your weight loss while you learn to adapt to a healthier lifestyle. The results you see on the scale can also give you the confidence you need to keep going.
Medical weight loss therapy in San Diego
At Viva Wellness, we’re committed to helping each of our patients achieve their weight loss goals. Through our medical weight loss therapy program, we offer a range of prescription appetite suppressants including: Phentermine, Phendimetrazine, Bontril, Topiramate, Qsymia, Belviq, and Contrave. With these pharmaceutical tools and a customized weight loss plan that addresses diet and exercise, our team of medical professionals can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle and lasting weight loss. For more information on our weight loss programs and other services, give us a call(619) 222-5433.