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Six Reasons Why Spring is an Easier Time to Lose Weight

The weather is heating up and the days of being able to cover up excess weight with layers of clothing are behind us.  Having a great weight loss motivator like that is half the battle, but the determination to take action and the dedication to stick with a plan are still both needed. The great news is that spring has some natural advantages that make losing weight easier than other times of the year.  Here’s why:

  • Abundant Daylight:  After getting off of work during the winter, the sun is setting and the cold, dark weather makes it tempting to head straight home to curl up on the couch.  In contrast, the plentiful sunshine of spring provides an energetic boost that compels you to keep moving after the workday is done. 

 

  • Increased Vitamin D Levels:   Having more opportunity to be in the sun increases Vitamin D levels in our bodies.  According to a study done by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, increased Vitamin D levels has been shown to promote weight loss more than just diet and exercise alone.

 

  • Outdoor Exercise Burns More Calories:   People have been found to exercise more rigorously and for longer periods of time when exercising outdoors.  Spring is a great time to move your workout routine outside where you will easily shed more pounds.

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  • Beautiful Weather Decreases Emotional Eating:   Dark winter days can cause emotions to dip along with the temperatures, which leads many of us straight to the fridge for those comforting, but calorie laden foods. The warm, sunny days of spring produce a natural high making us much less likely to rely upon food as a mood booster.

 

  • Hot Weather Decreases Appetite:  When we metabolize food, our body temperature increases.  Therefore, in the colder months, we are biologically programmed to eat more so that we stay warm.  On the other hand, during the warmer weather the body works harder to keep cool so the appetite is naturally suppressed.

 

  • Healthy Foods are in Season:  Vegetables like arugula, artichokes, spinach, watercress are in season.  Sweet delicious strawberries are also at their best.  What these foods have in common is their dark green leaves, which are most effective at lowering insulin, which burns fat! 

 

There is no better time than now to take advantage of the natural ways that spring promotes weight loss.  Start moving toward your weight loss goals right away by calling the compassionate and knowledgeable professionals of Medifast Weight Control Centers.  During your complimentary consultation you will learn how we can help you achieve your weight loss goals more easily than ever.

Call us at (602) 996-9669 today!

Your Thoughts Influence Your Weight Loss Success

Chances are that if you’re reading this, your life may seem like an ongoing quest to achieve your ideal weight.  We all know that diet and exercise are essential ingredients to conquering the battle of the bulge, but there is another key determinant of weight loss success.  This often-overlooked key to overcoming failed weight loss attempts is largely dependent upon how you think. Introducing positive thinking to your weight loss regime can influence the success of your next attempt.

  1. Set realistic goals. One of the quickest ways to send yourself spiraling down a rabbit hole of self-deprecating thinking is to set unattainable goals.  On the other hand, setting a goal that you can achieve compounds positive thoughts and emotions.  Successes, no matter how small, provide positive energy that further fuels your desire to tackle the next goal. Although it may feel like it, you didn’t gain your weight overnight and it won’t be lost overnight either.  Be kind to yourself, have patience, and recognize that each pound lost is bringing you one step closer to your ultimate destination.

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  1. What you think will become your reality. The Law of Attraction is based on the premise that what we focus on is what we will bring about. So, if you’re focused on another failed attempt at losing weight, you will most surely create that reality.  Instead focus on how you’ll feel when you succeed and how much more energy you have when nourishing your body with healthy foods.  Visualize shopping for a new wardrobe or fitting into your favorite pair of skinny jeans.  Focus on how empowering it is to be back in control of your health and well-being.

 

  1. Don’t dwell on slip ups. Being human also means that we are imperfect and despite our best efforts, we will likely canstockphoto39740216encounter a few detours on the road to success.  Don’t let one poor choice to skip a workout or indulge in dessert spark a downward trend.  Instead, acknowledge the err of your ways and how it made you feel and then quickly put it behind you. Focus on your overall success, adjust your goal if necessary and get right back on track!

 

Yes, staying positive is a key to successfully attaining your weight loss goal, but it’s easier said than done. Having a team of caring professionals to support you and help keep your mind and body on track can make all the difference.

Medifast Weight Control Centers can help keep you feeling positive and supported as you strive toward your ideal weight. Take the first step and call (602) 996-9669 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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