Every New Years Eve, we hear people talking about needing to get their body ready for the summer so they can wear their bathing suits without any fear of body shaming. I get it, besides looking good at the beach, it can be difficult to hide a pudgy body when the weather is too hot to wear baggy sweat shirts and such.
Hint: those baggy clothes actually do not hide a thing!
If being able to wear the swimwear of your choice to the beach next summer is actually important to you, then why wait until after the first of the year to begin working on it? From today, you have about 28 weeks to begin working on that summer body in order to be ready by June. If you need to lose 28 to 30 pounds to be ready, you might be okay if you begin working at it today. But the truth is, you are still at the bottom of a hill and behind the curve for next summer if you have 30 or more pounds to lose in order to feel as if you are going to look good at the beach or swimming pool.
Why do you have a difficult climb ahead of you?
A healthy rate of body fat loss is only 1 pound per week unless you are morbidly obese. If you need to lose 30 pounds of body fat by the summer you might make that goal, but that does not necessarily mean you are actually going to look good when you reach that magic number on the scale. You know, that number which will transform you into whatever your imagination today is leading you to believe it will be. And trust me when I say that as important as a healthy diet is, a diet alone is not going to get you there. You are going to need to perform exercises that will minimally preserve your lean muscle, but more importantly, you really should consider exercise that is going to build on the lean muscle you have. Otherwise you might be setting yourself up for a body that is at the weight you desire, yet you still might look awful with loose skin all over your body.
When you get fat, your skin expands to hold in extra adipose tissue. The skin stretches out, gets damaged, and loses some, or even a great deal of its elasticity. When you lose the fat, the skin can become saggy, like someone let the air out of your love handles or lower belly. While this is not particularly a good look, it is still far more healthy than being over weight and it doesn’t happen to everyone who loses weight, but sadly, for some it occurs even with relatively minor fat loss. Usually you see it in those who lose roughly 100 pounds or more, but some people may notice a little sag losing just 40 pounds or so. Short of a surgical procedure, you may never be able to fully get rid of your saggy skin, but you can minimize how bad it looks through muscle building exercises.
Loose skin cannot be dieted off, trained off, or drugged off.
No matter where you shop, whether in a brick and mortar store or online, there is a huge plethora of products on the market claiming to get rid of loose skin, or that promise to at least reduce the appearance of loose skin. Most of these bunk products just contain local diuretics, others contain hopeful sounding things like collagen or elastin, but all that basically means is temporary water loss and skin that “feels” tighter but really isn’t.
No cream or noninvasive laser or light therapy is going to make a few inches of your body’s largest organ disappear!
If you truly desire a nice looking body, then this is something you need to work at all year through good nutrition and exercise. The belief you can begin working at a good body on January 1 and be ready for summer is foolish thinking. When it comes to your body and your health, quit waiting on the perfect moment to begin working on it.
The perfect moment is in your past!
The next perfect moment is right now!
You are always going to encounter obstacles and less than perfect conditions in life. This is a truth for all of us, not just you. Get started now if you have not already.
You need to believe in yourself and that you can do something positive for yourself.
You may not see positive results right away, but that doesn’t mean you’re failing. For most people, it can take a good amount of time to unravel years of bad habits and forge new ones. This is why you should work on your body and health year round instead of trying to play a futile game of catch up in time for the summer.
You have to be proactive about your well being, all the time! Learning to love your body and yourself is a long process when you have never done it. However taking care of your health and fitness are worth every minute of the day that you invest into it.
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