Change of season demands fitness plan

With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of the wardrobe.

Sometimes, however, you find that you can’t fit into your clothes the way you could a year ago.

A recent survey shows that two in five adults need to lose at least 10 pounds to feel comfortable in a bathing suit. That’s why so many people are choosing this time to start a diet.

If you’re beginning a weight loss program to get your body ready for the season, here are some tips to help you get started:

• Challenge yourself. Have a goal and stick to achieving it. Make sure that you are reminded of your goal every day.

• Set a date. Starting your weight loss plan early gives you plenty of time to shed those unwanted pounds. Choose a weight-loss program that is easy to follow, fits into your lifestyle and produces quick results.

• Get a buddy. Enlist the support of a friend to help you meet your weight loss goals. Studies show those people who have the support of a buddy tend to stick to their diets more than those who fly solo.

• The garden of “Eatin’.” Eat more fruits and vegetables. Not only are these foods good for your waistline, but they are nutritious and keep you hydrated.

• Put some spring in your step. Whether it means parking your car farther away than usual or taking a pet to the park, try to make exercise part of your daily routine. Even 20 minutes a day adds up to results.

• Spring fling. Be host of a dinner party for your friends and make sure that there are plenty of healthy food options available. Try grilling such lean proteins as chicken and tuna instead of frying or baking them. You can add a variety of seasonings and spices to change the routine.

• Space it out. Studies show that eating smaller meals throughout the day can be effective in the weight-loss process because they help to curb your hunger. If you eat six small meals a day, you will feel less hungry in between meals. Plan your meals in advance to avoid last-minute splurges.

• Drink up. If you participate in outdoor activities, remember to stay hydrated. Steer clear of such calorie-laden beverages as soda, lemonade and sweet tea. Water always is the best choice.