The first day of Summer is right around the corner and many people are thinking of losing weight or getting leaner for this eventful season. If you have a goal of getting in shape for Summer, now is the time to start. Summer officially starts on June 21st which leaves you roughly 2 months to get in shape. As a personal trainer, I have people come up to me every year in June saying, “I need to get in shape for Summer!” Although I love the enthusiasm, they have the impossible expectation to go through a major body transformation in 3 weeks. This amount of time will get you a great start, but in reality the amount of visual change will be small. You should give yourself a solid 2-3 months of consistent workouts and sound nutrition if you want to make a big difference by summertime.
Summer events are always great motivation to get in shape because they serve as a specific goal date. Many times we have a set date like a wedding, 4th of July, family reunion, or in my case an annual Birthday pool party. Like any goal, you should have a specific date of when to achieve your fitness goals in order to keep yourself accountable to your results. For years my friends and I used a pool party at the beginning of the summer to keep us motivated and accountable. We frequently reminded ourselves for 3 months of our desired fitness level by the day of the party. This kept us accountable to our workouts and helped us resist unhealthy foods.
Your Fitness Timeline
Most people can lose 1-2 pounds of bodyfat per week. Depending on when you want to lose the weight, you have 2-3 months if you start now in April. Losing 1-2 lbs per week, for 8 weeks, results in 8-16lbs lost; in 3 months time (assuming 13 weeks), results in 13-26lbs lost. Does losing 10-25lbs sound like your weight-loss goal by Summer? If so, you must start on your weight-loss/ fat-loss program now. A big part of a weight-loss program is planning. Like many goals, know your goal date and work backwards from it. Also factor in any “dead time” that will delay your results. You will find that in order to achieve your goal by your desired date, you may have to start sooner than expected.
You CAN achieve your Summer body this year!
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