Almost everyone enjoys spending quality time basking in the sun\u2019s summer rays, and shedding the clothing layers that come with autumn, winter and spring.\nWith that, many people become more conscious about their body shapes during the summer months. Hence, the summer weight-loss diet\nThe truth is, it\u2019s not that easy to attain your ideal weight loss and shape without knowing what\u2019s right for your body, and most importantly, what\u2019s working, explains Vicki March, MD, co-founder of UPMC BodyChangers.\n\u201cYou really have to look at the whole picture,\u201d Dr. March said. \u201cIt\u2019s a combination of healthy eating, consistent physical activity, and coping strategies that lead to that feeling of well-being that we all want, and also gets our bodies to look and feel their best.\u201d\nHere is a simple plan from the UPMC BodyChangers team that can help you lose weight and tone up for the summer.\nTips for Summertime Weight Loss\nKeep a food and exercise diary\nKeep a journal of your food intake every day for a week, in order to get a better idea of your eating patterns. Be sure to include snacks and beverages.\nBy monitoring everything that you eat and drink, you become more accountable. When you see what you are doing, you can make changes that will get you on the right track to weight loss. Research shows that people who are successful with weight loss and weight loss maintenance are more likely to track their eating.\nDrink plenty of water\nWhen it comes to losing weight, staying hydrated is a well-known tool. By drinking at least eight glasses of non-alcoholic, no-calorie fluid, preferably water, per day, you will maintain your hydration status and avoid the pitfall of mistaking thirst for hunger. If part of your weight loss plan is to exercise more, making up for fluid losses through perspiration is important. Some research indicates there may be a small weight loss advantage to drinking lots of water.\nRead food labels\nPackaging can be deceiving. Words like low fat, less sugar, reduced calorie, low carb, whole grain, and all-natural are used to induce people to buy products that may not be as healthful as they appear. By reading food labels and ingredients, you get a much better sense of the nutritional value of a food and can weed out those items that are filled with additives and preservatives.