Everyone has some facet of his or her being that causes a bit of unhappiness. Whether it’s awkwardly long fingers, an unfortunately positioned mole, or a few extra pounds around the midsection, we all have one or two things about our own bodies that bug us or that we wish we could change. While some things are more difficult to change than others, our weight is something that can shift if we’re willing to put in the work to make it happen.
With summer just a few months away, we’re sure that plenty of you are fervently looking for ways to get your body ready for bathing suit season. There are plenty of fad diets and crash diets out there, which many people turn to in such times of body-weight-induced distress, but these methods are usually unhealthy and the results are often fleeting. In order to provide you with some of the best ways to lose weight for beach season, we’ve reached out to top doctors, each specializing in health fields as varied as cardiology, sleep medicine, plastic surgery, and hormone balancing, in order to get professional advice.
Dr. Josh Axe, MD, is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic, and a clinical nutritionist. He suggests diet-based weight-loss tips focused around "leaky gut syndrome."
He says, “There are trillions of bacteria in our intestines — some good and some bad. But when we eat the wrong foods or are exposed to toxins in the environment, the bad bacteria are allowed to proliferate and outnumber the good bacteria. These bad bacteria end up damaging the intestinal lining, creating holes that allow undigested food particles, toxins, and dangerous microbes… to pass through the gut wall and into the bloodstream. These foreign invaders then wreak havoc on the body — and the damage manifests differently in every person. Some develop diabetes or gallbladder issues, while others gain weight or develop dry, itchy skin.”
Dr. Caroline Cederquist, MD, is board certified in bariatrics, the specialty of medical weight management. She, along with her husband, developed bistroMD, a meal delivery service focusing on the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fiber — all important things when trying to lose weight. It, along with other fitness apps, is one tool that can help you become more conscious of how you’re fueling your body while trying to slim down for summer.
Dr. Westin Childs, MD, of Gilbert, Arizona, specializes in weight-loss and hormone balance. Dr. Childs suggests things like upping your healthy fat count and ditching those long, slow treadmill sessions in favor of high-intensity interval training in order to get your body prepped for warm weather.
Dr. Drew Ramsey, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and the author of Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health, available in May of 2016. He’ll show you how to lose weight by keeping both your body and brain healthy.
Dr. Scott A. Weiss, DPT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM, is a licensed physical therapist, board-certified athletic trainer, registered exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning specialist, and advanced personal trainer with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Weiss has worked with a variety of professional sports organizations including several NFL and NHL teams as well as some United States Olympic teams and the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
Dr. Robert Ziltzer, MD, FACP, FAAP, is Obesity Medicine Certified. Obesity is the most prevalent chronic disease in the United States, yet many physicians are not trained in how to properly manage it. The American Board of Obesity Medicine certifies physicians looking to bridge this gap.
Dr. Larry Burchett, MD, ER Physician, author of The Gentleman’s Diet: 10 Proven Meal Plans and Workout Routines for a Healthier Lifestyle, teaches us what SMART goals are and illustrates how finding our big “why” can help motivate us to get in shape.
For more advice on getting summer ready from these doctors, as well a slew of other top doctors, we’ve put together the following slideshow. If you want to learn the healthiest and most up-to-date ways to lose weight, we encourage you to check out How to Lose Weight for Summer: 32 Tips From Top Doctors.