Hey everyone, I hope your week is going well. I know this post is different from a lot of posts on the blog, but sometimes change is good! I know it’s the new year and so many people have new years resolutions about weight loss. I myself went on a weight loss journey last year and lost 65 pounds in just under 7 months. With the holidays and all the good food that comes along with them, I gained a little bit of that back during the last few months of 2017, so I decided to drop the few pounds I had gained back, starting this January 1st! Today I’d like to share How To Lose 10 Pounds in One Month WITHOUT Strenuous Exercise, and some helpful tips and tricks I’ve picked up on my weight loss journey.
Water, Water, and More Water
Sugar Is Your Enemy
Never Count Calories
Counting calories is so overrated and to be honest if you’re trying to lose weight calories are not what you need to focus on. Some people swear by counting every calorie that enters their body, but I lost 65 pounds and didn’t count a single one. The fact is, if you restrict your caloric intake too much, it will actually slow your metabolism down, and take way longer to convert the food you eat into fuel for your body. You need to focus on the carbs. This isn’t just my opinion either, my doctor who was monitoring my weight loss recommended the low-carb diet before I began my journey, and now I swear by it. It’s recommended to eat a maximum of 100 grams of carbs a day if you’re trying to lose weight. Some may think that’s super easy, but carbs are in so many everyday foods. Make sure to check the nutrition facts before putting anything in your body. At first cutting carbs was hard, no rice, no potatoes, no bread, no junk food, no soda, no pasta, the list goes on. After a while though, it became a lot easier and I stopped craving what I couldn’t have, for the most part. You’d be surprised at how many low-carb substitutes there are nowadays for all the foods you can’t have. I also recommend consuming a majority of your carbs for breakfast. That’s a good way to start your day and keep you full as long as possible.
Only Weigh Once a Week
Should You Have a Cheat Day?
Okay, no matter what diet you’ve tried, everyone talks about a cheat day. Is a cheat day really worth it, and should you have one? The simple answer is, it depends on your body. Some lucky people can have 2 cheat days and not gain a single ounce, and others have a single cheat meal and gain three pounds, I know because I’m one of the unlucky ones. It just depends on how your body reacts to the food. One important thing to keep in mind is if you have a goal to reach, like if you want to lose 25 pounds before your 20th birthday, or you want to feel good in your old bikini before summer, then don’t have cheat days. If you see your finish line and want to lose all the pounds you set out to lose, wasting time on a cheat day is not a good idea.
Protein Isn’t Everything
Protein is great. It keeps you full, most of it is low carb, and if you know what you’re looking for you can find some really beneficial products high in protein to keep you fuller longer. While it is super good to have in your diet, protein isn’t everything. Did you know you can actually consume too much protein? Your body needs a certain amount every day, but once you eat so much more than your body needs, it has nowhere to store the excess and is forced to turn that extra protein into fat. Don’t be afraid of protein, because along with a low-carb diet, protein will really help you lose weight, just don’t go overboard with it. I eat lots of meats, nuts, and eggs, but one of my favorite ways to get my protein is a shake. They’re great in the mornings as a grab and go breakfast or to drink before your workout. I have tried several different kinds of powders and pre-maid shakes, but Premier Protein Chocolate shakes are my favorite. They have 30 grams of protein and only 5 grams of carbs per shake. If I drink one in the mornings I usually don’t get hungry for another 3-4 hours, which is great. So just remember protein is your friend, but it’s not everything.
How Exactly Do You Lose Weight?
Try The “Pick 5 Exercise”
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Losing weight doesn’t have to be a long and hard process where you’re starving all day and basically live in your gym clothes. Start out with simple diet changes and light exercises and build from that until you’re seeing results. Everyone loses weight differently, and you will have days where you want to quit. Set your goals and have people around you that are cheering you on, and support you through every pound you lose. Some people will disagree with some of the things in this post, and that’s fine. I am just sharing my personal experiences and knowledge, along with tips and tricks I use that hopefully will help people lose weight like I did!