The “Summer Body” issue is a magazine cover I see every year between March and June without fail. However, the whole idea of a “summer body,” slimming down and getting toned for bikini weather months is a flawed concept.
If you’re like me, you don’t even start thinking about shorts and bikinis until the first real warm day of spring or summer- let’s assume sometime in April or May depending on where you live. If you’ve been consuming food like a bear all winter preparing for hibernation, this first warm day is likely the first day you’ll put on your shorts from last summer and realize how much easier it was to hide extra-poundage under an over-sized sweater.
So now it’s April or May, (or some other spring month, again depending on where you live) and you’re ready to get that “summer body.” Bad news is, it’s probably too late. Yes, it’s possible to really shed the El Bee’s in time if your intention is to starve yourself all spring, but in the long run you’ll most likely gain those pounds back- if you don’t kill yourself first.
According to the National Health Service (NHS), the healthy amount of weight to lose per week is 1-2 pounds. So, let’s assume it’s the first day of May and you want to lose 10 pounds. If you stay on schedule and keep a strict diet, you will be at your goal summer weight by the beginning of June or July. If you wanted to lose 20 pounds, you’re looking at anywhere between July to September. Potentially you could work your ass off (literally) the whole summer and not reach your ideal “summer body” until the Fall Fashion magazine issues start circulating.
My recommendation? Stop focusing and obsessing over your “summer body!” Instead of thinking about diet and exercise for a couple of months out of the year, think 365 days a year. 365 days a year means regularly staying active and eating healthy the entire year. Don’t do it for the bikini, don’t do it for the “summer body”, do it for you. Instead of losing a couple pounds, or even 10-20 pounds every summer, lose the weight and keep it off- year round.
Aside from the obvious reasons to eat healthy and stay active such as, lowered blood pressure, healthier cholesterol, improved mood, and an increase in energy, you will no longer need to sweat over hotter weather. This means no crazy summer dieting, no time-crunch to get in shape, and best of all avoiding the disappointment of not hitting your goal summer weight until fall.