Oh those 10 extra pounds… they seem to come out of nowhere and are the hardest to lose (and keep away). Wondering how to lose those 10 pounds fast? Summer is just around the corner and I’ve put on a few extra unwanted pounds that I would love to lose before I head to the beach in a fresh bikini. Not only that, I feel more energized, more confident, healthier and happier when my body looks and feels it’s best.
Always remember to love your body and when you truly love something, you treat it well and respect it. You want to lose weight to be healthier and not because you hate your body.
Here are 15 easy ways to lose 10 pounds, without sacrificing your lifestyle.
Pay attention to what you eat and when you eat it! Avoid boredom eating. Be sure to have good tasting, fresh and healthy food including snacks, fill up on vegetables and keep your taste buds happy with fruit instead of carbs.
Try not to give in to comfort eating and instead focus on mindful eating. You’ll be glad you did when you start seeing healthy results, instead of feeling guilty after over-indulging.
The most effective strategy for me is to stop eating at 6 p.m. every night and not eat again until the next day around 11 a.m., but sometimes I go even a little longer. This is called intermittent fasting and has helped me lose weight and feel better, pretty quickly. This in combination with eating healthy and getting in more exercise!
No need to make sacrifices! Just follow these simple guidelines to lose your first 10 pounds, last 10 pounds or give your weight loss program a boost when it seems to have stuttered to a halt. This is a balanced and flexible plan that you can use for as long as you want.
The top tips that have always helped me look and feel better fast are:
Easy Ways To Drop 10 Pounds
Be more aware of how much you eat. Most people underestimate how much they actually eat each day. Keep a note of everything that you eat and drink. You do not need to estimate calories. Just write down what it was that you had and the approximate quantity. You will find that being more aware of what you are eating helps you to plan healthy meals and snacks.
Reduce your portion sizes (especially carbs and sugar). This means using half as much butter or spread on your bread and having one slice instead of two or three, toast. Full your plate with lean protein, fresh greens and colourful veggies instead of carbs.
Limit treats containing sugar to two or three times per week. We all need a cheat day or two, and it’s so much sweeter when you don’t eat these sweets daily. This includes chocolate, ice cream, desserts, cake, pastries, cookies, etc.
Include a lower fat source of protein at most meals: chicken, fish, beans, cottage cheese, or low fat yogurt. Have eggs, nuts and red meat occasionally but not every day.
Plan at least one lunch and dinner every week without meat or cheese. If you can’t commit to going fully vegan, you can at least consume less meat and cheese products: Build those meals around whole grains, vegetables and beans to increase fiber and reduce fat.
Reduce the fat content in your milk products. If you are currently drinking whole milk, reduce to 2% fat. From 2% reduce to 1%. Choose lower fat cheese and yogurt. When you buy yogurt, also check that it does not contain sugar.
Have at least two servings of fruit every day. Replace your typical snacks with healthy fruits like berries or in-season fruits.
Drink water instead of sodas, juices, milky drinks or alcohol. Avoid diet soda – the sweet taste only encourages you to crave sugar. Hot water with a slice of lemon can be very refreshing in the morning.
Include at least two servings of vegetables at lunch and dinner. If you are getting hungry, have more. Most people fail to do this and instead want foods that make them gain weight!!
Eat slowly. The body is slow to register when you are full and it is easy to eat too much if you are racing through your meals.
Intermittent Fast! Our body’s burn more fat and you lose weight when you do the 16:8 intermittent fast plan. That means you fast for 16 hours every 24 hours and eat within the 8 hour time-frame only. I do this every day and it’s make the most difference for me!
Use whole grains wherever possible. The fiber will give you a fuller feeling and also help your digestion.
Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. This he’s you avoid mindless eating. Plan your shopping too – make a list of what you need and stick to it. If you just grab something when you are feeling hungry, you will probably choose high calorie food.
Always switch off the TV when you eat. This again, helps you avoid mindless eating. That includes snacks as well as meals. Studies have proved that we eat larger portions in front of the TV, probably because we are much less aware of what we are eating. When you eat, only eat if you want to lose weight fast.
There you have it, simple tips to lose 10 pounds fast!