Summertime means elevated temperatures and sunny skies.
For many people, it also means swimsuit season. You may have your sights on shedding some winter weight before hitting the pool. Zoning in on the areas that need the most help can give you more success with your weight loss goals.
While you can't necessarily "spot reduce," you can learn how your body works by the ways you accumulate fat. Your body tells a story and gives clues as to how you should tailor your efforts.
For instance, if you carry weight in your belly, you're more likely to have problems with insulin resistance. Begin with the foods you're eating. Aim for low-carb, high protein foods, as well as lots of vegetables.
If weight is problematic in your hips and thighs, you may have an estrogen imbalance or thyroid issues. Look at your sleep and the foods you're eating. A Mediterranean diet is helpful for addressing weight carried in these areas.
You should also come to understand when the shifts happen in your hormones as you age. Get your hormones checked at least once a year; ideally every six months.
Cardio and weight training can improve insulin resistance and help metabolize estrogen more efficiently.
Dr. Taz Bhatia joins host Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how you can achieve your "summer bod."