Losing weight can be a challenge, but dropping just 10lbs can boost your confidence and get you on track.
There’s so much material available through books, media, and the internet promising quick weight loss. Diet pills, slimming drinks, or fad diets might work for you, but once you’re done with the product and go back to your regular eating habits expect some weight gain.
In order to lose weight and maintain the weight off, you have to change your lifestyle.Going on a diet or not eating a certain food group for a while, might affect your metabolism and digestive system once you start eating those foods again. For example, completely cutting out carbohydrates for a few months might help you drop weight and speed up your metabolism, but if you bring carbs back your metabolism will get confused and store the carbs as sugar in case you decide to skimp on them again.
Would you like to lose 10 lbs in 2-3 weeks???
Many diets and supplements love promising rapid weight loss and they usually deliver if you stick to it. Many diets and supplements don’t like sharing that weight gain will occur once you eat more than cereal, or the damages they might cause to your organs and health.
Losing 10 lbs. in 2-3 weeks is not an unreachable task that can only be accomplished by starving yourself or surviving off an apple a day. The perfect word to describe living a healthy lifestyle is Balance. Realizing that food is not an enemy and you can eat everything and still be healthy as long as you have balance. Portion control is a great term. Look at the size of your fist, that’s the portion of protein that should be going on your plate. Take advantage of your sense of taste and eat the food you enjoy, just learn to control the amount you eat.
Staying active and hydrated is part of a healthy lifestyle. You will definitely benefit from working out at least 30 mins. a day 5 times a week and drinking a lot of water. Cardio workouts, like aerobics or running, get your heart pumping fast which in turn helps you burn calories and overtime speeds up your metabolism. Lifting weights won’t burn calories as fast as cardio, but you will keep burning calories after your workout is done, improve elasticity and add muscle mass. A good routine is cardio 3-5 times a week and weight training 3 times a week.
The following meal plan is an *example of a healthy, simple to make, and satisfying option for a 1200-1500 calorie day.
Breakfast- 1 hard boiled egg and bagel or plain oatmeal topped w/ fruit or granola
snack- 100 calorie pack of your choice or granola bar & 1 fruit
Lunch- 1 cup of homemade chili or lentil soup and a mixed vegetable salad w/ crumbled cheese on top squeeze lemon over it or 1-2 tbsp of dressing. Don’t ruin a healthy salad by drenching it with dressing, add pieces of grilled chicken or ham and more veggies instead.
snack- yogurt and a fruit/ homemade trail mix (almonds,raisins,chex cereal, pistachios,dried fruit…)
Dinner- Homemade lemon chicken stir fry <– (click link for these yummy, low-cal. meals.) w/ brown rice or whole-wheat spaghetti. Clean your palate with a white wine or strawberry frozen yogurt:)
snack- sugar free Jello or 2-3 spoon-fulls of hummus and pita chips.
Remember not to eat 2-3 hours before laying down or going to sleep to give your body time for proper digestion.
*this example is my opinion on a pretty balanced plan meant to keep your metabolism working all day, but should not be considered before visiting a physician!