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Starting a Fall Weight Loss Program

With the unofficial end of summer closely approaching, it’s time to put away the “It’s just too hot” or “I’m only eating this because it’s summertime” excuses.  Many people find the end of summer a perfect time to start or restart a weight loss program to get a head start on the holidays!

Our friends at Women’s Health Magazine have 7 reasons autumn is the perfect time to get back in the groove – or start a groove of your own!

Cooler Weather is Great for Running
Seriously, could there be a more perfect time to go for a run outside? You don’t have to bundle up in your Polar Vortex gear just yet, and you also don’t have to carry a life preserver in case you drown in a pool of sweat (kidding…kind of). In other words, fall weather is the Goldilocks of outdoor exercise temperatures.

There’s Tons Of Delicious Fall Produce
Take a minute to really think about all of the roasted veggie recipes you can whip up. There are so many, and they’re all so good. Fall fruits and vegetables are at their peak flavor right now, so it’s a great time to rekindle your love for them!

…And It’s Also Slow Cooker Season
Allow us to praise one of the most underrated cooking appliances around: These things are amazing.  Take advantage of the influx of slow cooker recipes on social media sites like Pinterest. Making one or two slow cooker dishes a week will guarantee that you have some healthy dinners and lunch leftovers. It’ll also guarantee that your place smells phenomenal when you get home.

It’s Easier to Get Back Into A Routine
Summer isn’t exactly a structured time. What with beach vacations, long weekends, loads of backyard cookouts, and weddings galore, you’re probably bopping all over the place—so it’s hard to stick to a specific workout or exercise plan. But fall is a whole different story. Now that summer vacation is over, your weekly routine has more structure, and routines are key when it comes to forming long-lasting healthy habits, like making time for meal planning and physical activity.

Race Season Is Officially Here
Look out the window, and what do you see? Oh, you know, only tons of runners training for all sorts of races—marathons, half marathons, 10-Ks, turkey trots, you name it. Signing up for a fall race with a couple of friends can be a great motivator to get moving more regularly.

Your Gym’s Not As Packed
Not an outdoor runner? No worries—the gym is your friend here, too. That’s because so many people are exercising outside that the gym is way less crowded. That means you can get in and out in no time and not have to fight for space in group exercise classes.

You Can Prepare for Those Extra Holiday Pounds
Call it a pre-emptive strike: Unless you are inhuman, you will likely end up eating your fair share of sugary seasonal treats (oh hey, gingerbread men). And knowing this, you can get extra-fit in the fall so that by the time winter rolls around, you’ll be in such good shape that you will be better able to handle the temptation of all those pies and cookies. Having a couple months of eating well and exercising under your belt will make it easier to stick with these healthier habits through the holidays, plus, that way, you won’t start the New Year with new pounds. Score!

 

At Victory Weight Loss and Wellness, we help you take control of your weight loss success and “fall” into a healthy routine.  Our physician-supervised weight loss programs are customized for your individual goals and needs.  If you’re ready to start the journey to a new, healthy you, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source: WomensHealthMag.com