As summer approaches, getting the perfect ‘summer body’ is a dieting goal for many people. This is easier said than done, however, as nearly 70% of Americans are obese or overweight, largely due to unhealthy diets and inactive lifestyles. In addition, following a starvation-based diet to achieve a ‘summer body’ is extremely dangerous. The best option dieters can follow is consulting a doctor or nutritionist to understand their nutritional needs and create a step-by-step plan to achieve their weight loss goals by summer.
According to the National Institutes of Health, a healthy eating plan involves consuming nutrients that benefit the body without exceeding daily calorie intake goals. A healthy eating plan reduces risk for health issues related to excessive weight gain and involves:
- Increased amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and leaner dairy products (fat-free or low-fat)
- Moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
- Low amounts of saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars
A healthy eating plan involves reducing portion sizes and facilitating weight loss through calorie reduction and enhanced physical activity. The general rule is that if someone exerts more energy than they take in, they will most likely lose weight. So, for instance, if someone wants to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, they should reduce their daily intake of food by 500 to 750 calories. Counting calories can be very challenging to maintain, however, which is why a customized diet plan can be extremely helpful for summer body diets. To maximize effectiveness and safety, seekers of the ‘summer body’ should also consult a doctor or certified medical professional before adopting a new diet plan.
Diet Doc, a nationally recognized weight loss center, offers weight loss and diet consulting to all patients, regardless of their dietary needs or history. Along with a safe, doctor-supervised diet plan and guidance for life, Diet Doc’s services and products help individuals lose weight fast and keep it off. For patients who struggle with portion control or emotional eating, Diet Doc offers solutions like Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), a powerful appetite suppressant that helps counter food addiction and emotional eating. According to Diet Doc’s resident medical director, medical weight loss solutions like LDN have been shown to be effective when supervised by a health professional and customized to an individual’s dietary needs.