Summer Heat Drives Desire to Lose Weight

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Summer clothes increase negative thoughts and the need for weight-loss support. Y-Weight founder provides healthy solutions.

Who knew that putting on summer clothes would make us wish for an even longer winter? For many of us now shedding our bulky sweaters to put on last summer’s outfits, the new season is off to a humbling start. Behaviorist, weight loss coach and founder of Y-Weight, Mariah Riess-Lane, MSW, says the summer season increases thoughts, as well as frustrations, related to weight loss and has helpful advice for adults and teens.

A Glamour magazine poll from 2011 stated that 97% of women experience “I hate my body” thoughts on a daily basis, with an average of 13 negative thoughts each day. It’s not hard to imagine the difficulty of wearing more-revealing, warm-weather clothes with this frame of mind, and how it might affect summer eating patterns. In fact, a 2010 Experian Simmons DataStream claims the percentage of dieting women age 25-45 peaks the first half of summer.

Alarming is how good intentions to lose weight often quickly devolve into frustration and resignation. Support to maintain focus on healthy behaviors that make a difference is difficult to find.

“Often, small changes can have a huge impact on better weight management,” says Mariah Riess-Lane, a 30-year industry veteran and founder of Y-weight community seminars. “Eating two fruits and two vegetables each day can make a real difference and more is better.”

Riess-Lane cites critical trends off the back of her hand, “Two of three adults are overweight or obese and teens continue to gain weight. If their parents are overweight, the possibility of being a healthy body weight becomes most difficult.”

To help families who are aware of the cost of being overweight, Riess-Lane actually advocates not only eating more of some foods, but also eliminating others. “We eat what is in front of us. It is very difficult to choose cut up fruit over calorie-dense baked goods. Removing high-fat foods from a home environment can make health choices easier for everyone. Willpower studies are proving we simply will not have enough willpower to just say, ‘No.’ Setting up your home environment for healthy, calorie-light choices just makes sense for everyone.”

Y-Weight is a Dover-MA based weight loss and management program for individuals, families, teens and corporations. Since 1999, Y-Weight has improved overall family health and personal self-esteem by supporting over 1,000 individuals in the practice of healthy eating and weight maintenance. For more information on Y-Weight, please call (508) 965-1070 or visit or

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