So, if you're panicking because you don't know how to lose 10 pounds a month, I'll be a decent human and share 5 things I've done in the past that have helped me lose weight when I needed it and will help you too… IF, of course, you use them. They do not work if you simply read them.
However, if you're going on vacation, to a wedding, or saw a picture of yourself eating pizza and didn't look like Giselle, relax – read through them, see what you can do and what you should do less of to lose weight. Time will pass anyhow.
There were numerous occasions in my life when I needed to shed 10 pounds in a month, a week, or even an hour.
Was I a success? Yes, no, and no.
Because you must be mad if you want to shed 10 pounds in a week or an hour. (Not brilliant – INSANE). But ten pounds in one month? That's sufficient. It's better to do it in a month than never.
I've done it before, and it works like a charm. Just carrying out ideas that I believed would work.
Now. If you want to lose 10 pounds in a month in a very realistic and foolproof approach, I, the belly fat queen, am here for you!
10 pounds isn't a lot of weight to lose, and you can do it if you put your mind to it! Applying these strategies for a month will result in the fat falling off your stomach. So, why not just do it?
HOW TO LOSE 10 POUNDS IN A MONTH – 5 STRATEGIES THAT WORKED FOR ME
1. EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST.
Allow someone else to have the green smoothies and croissants topped with little doughnuts.
You need something simple like oatmeal right now — top with some fruit and almonds and you'll be satisfied till lunch. If you're looking for something savory, an avocado and egg toast would be a great option.
Everything is fine as long as you keep to #2. Hehe #2.
2. REACH FOR WATER FIRST IF YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY YET.
You'll be amazed by how rarely you're hungry. When you go for water first instead of food, you discover you nearly never eat because you're hungry. You're eating because it's convenient, or because you're bored. Or perhaps dehydrated.
Keeping water with you at all times is a simple strategy that will keep you from becoming dehydrated like a lizard all day long. Get a big water bottle, fill it up, and make it a habit to keep hydrated. Enjoy this simple alteration that will make you feel more energized and lighter.
3. EXERCISE PHYSICALLY
Get in shape by exercising every day or 4-5 days a week. 30 minutes is sufficient, but make sure you are SWEATING. Sweating it out will also make you happy and drive you to do it again TOMORROW, which is critical in this situation.
I had ceased performing ANY exercise about two years ago. I was simply sluggish, sitting all day and watching TV at night. I didn't gain weight, but my chin had quadrupled, my arms were jiggly, my belly was spilling nicely over the waistline, and I felt out of place. There is no focus, and everything is just blah.
Then I became worried. I stopped watching TV in the evenings and began attending Pilates, Zumba, and Yoga courses, as well as playing basketball once a week. I felt more active and focused (I'm not sure about yoga, but try playing basketball without being present — it hurts!). AND. Within a week, my friends and coworkers began telling me how my face had thinned and how much weight I had dropped. You can imagine how satisfying this was.
Exercising is not the only thing you need to do to lose weight, but it is a HUGE HELP when it comes to losing weight. Take things at your own pace: if you need to walk, walk; if walking is too difficult, try seated exercises; there is always a way.
4. GET LOW Following 3 DAYS
We've all heard that low-carb diets will convert you into a slender robot with a lot of energy in a week. Low-carb diets are also beneficial, according to research. Low-carb diets are recommended for weight loss, inflammation reduction, and acne treatment…there is no secret here.
But, if you're like me and can't always stick to low carb, stop eating carbs after 3.
Hugh Jackman, the original Wolverine, gave me this tip. (Disclaimer: I've never met him and have no intention of looking like him because I'm a woman who likes to gaze at him when she's bored…)
He stated his best advice for getting in shape for X-Men was to avoid carbs after 3 p.m. Okay, Wolverine, I'll do everything you tell me to.
Sure, of course, I tried it before and it works! Eat all of your carbs (grains, legumes, fruit, and treats) before 3 p.m., and then do the low-carb thing after that. There's no reason to enter ketosis; it won't make you a better person. But, as tragic as it may sound, there will be no spaghetti or pizza for dinner this month.
If you don't fully avoid carbs after 3 p.m., be aware and don't overdo it. For example, I would add some quinoa or chickpeas to my salad but not overdo it (I have pizza, pasta & bread WAY too often for dinner).
5. END AT 5 P.M.
All of my research and this tip came from a TV episode I watched ten years ago.
After 5 p.m., avoid eating.
Some argue that not eating beyond a certain hour is excessive – calories in, calories out…
However, it worked for me. I lost four pounds in two weeks and adored waking up with a flat tummy, which had never happened before.
I've heard of intermittent fasting, and you've probably heard of it as well…
But, if you're anything like me, you probably save all of your meals for later in the evening anyhow. And where does all of this lead?
You grow weary and then go to bed, unable to digest all of the food you just ate.
So, if you want to reduce weight, you should adjust your eating habits. You can eat till 5 p.m.
If you are unable to do so, try till 7 p.m. This will give you enough time to digest and sleep soundly.
5 p.m. has always worked well for me. I was hungry for the first two nights, but I felt and slept better after that.
6. MAKE IT A HABIT
Last but not least, make these habits! You don't want to drop the 10 pounds and then revert to your previous habits, do you? You want to keep going. That is what will provide you long-term effects and will improve not just your appearance, but also the one thing that money cannot buy: your health.
Anyway, keep eating well, cooking, moving, and having fun! Check out my clean eating binder if you're looking for some tasty healthy meal ideas and want to be organized in the kitchen so you can remain on track. It's jam-packed with nutritious dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and so much more (and over 100 of them). I'd appreciate it if you checked it out here.
- Begin the day with a filling breakfast.
- Have a healthy, balanced lunch, and maybe a tiny dessert if you're hungry.
- Then comes a low-carb meal.
- Stop eating around 5 p.m. and do something useful like exercising at home, outside, or go to the gym 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes and sweat to create healthy habits.
- If you can't stop eating after 7 p.m., consider some 0-calorie snacks like radishes, cucumbers, or berries – all of which are better than chips and candy.
Okay, gentlemen! I apologize for not sounding like the “genius” I typically am in this one, but these techniques genuinely work, so I felt compelled to share them! All you have to do is give it a shot and you'll notice results very soon!