Losing 5-10 Pounds: Let’s do this
Normally, when a person first decides to lose weight they make up their mind to work hard to achieve a certain weight loss goal. These goals are usually an assumption of what they think they need to lose.
This is one of the main reasons people quit their workout routines – unattainable goals.
Focusing on such unrealistic goals will get you nothing but disappointment. We should set realistic expectations and work to attain our smaller goals one at a time!
Losing 5-10 Pounds: Get started
Ideally you should focus on realistic goals like losing 5-10 pounds in a month RATHER than a week or a few days. That quick of weight loss is never sustainable and this type of goal is more realistic.
There are a few steps and factors (diet, exercise, and lifestyle) we can take to lose those few extra pounds each month until we achieve our goals.
A routine that will help you burn the extra fat focuses mainly on what, when, and how you eat along with the amount of exercise you put in to burn more calories than you consume.
Let’s break it down:
1. Forget the Unhealthy Traditions
There are many things that are usually taught to us as kids that remain with us throughout adulthood. Remember when you were first told to clean your plate completely (no leftovers at all)? This habit is normally kept by everyone as they grow older too.
Remember though, that you should stop eating once you feel full instead of sticking to the old adage of cleaning your plate and overeating.
2. Don’t Buy Unhealthy
There are a variety of unhealthy foods that are marketed to tempt us to purchase them at the spur of the moment. Although you know that these foods are not good for you, there is that inner voice that says that you should try it. Once you have these foods at home, you will feel the urge to munch on them.
Just avoid this junk altogether so you won’t be tempted down the road.
3. Starvation Is Not the Way
The entire process of weight loss is actually the management of the amount of calories consumed and the amount of calories burned through exercise/daily life.
You commonly hear people being told to consume only 1200 calories/day, but, we fail to understand that daily caloric needs vary from person to person.
You should consume the amount of calories that your unique body requires. Never starve yourself; this will increase your craving to eat unhealthy foods. It is better to eat something that is healthy than starve and overeat later.
4. Drink a Lot of Water
This is the most common advice given that should be included in a weight loss regime. The body emits a similar signal when you are hungry or thirsty so cramp your hunger urges by drinking a lot of water.
Drinking water just before meals will also help you quench your hunger and decrease the chance of overeating!
You can also add in green tea to the water that you drink; this will help you remain energized all day while providing you with a number of health benefits!
5. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is the time when the body actually cleanses and purifies itself. It is during this time that you need to relax and let the body perform its necessary activities.
This cannot be done if you are staying up late reading, working or even watching TV. Eight hours of sleep will keep you fresh and energized, ready to seize the next day!
The saying “Early to bed, Early to Rise, makes you healthy, wealthy and wise!” is perfect as an 8 hours sleep from 10pm to 6am is said to be the most beneficial thing for your body and mind.
6. Positive Thinking
Nothing is achievable until you have a positive view towards it.
This goes with weight loss as well. When you are determined to lose weight, you should be confident and keep a positive view about it.
The book titled “The Secret” has explained a very good concept that states how positive thoughts help in attracting the positivity in the universe.
Positive thinking will help keep you motivated and working towards a better you. [Editor’s note: I couldn’t agree more! Positivity Breeds Positivity!]
7. Consume lots of Fiber
Fiber helps keep you feel full for a longer time. This helps prevent those snacking cravings.
Berries such as Raspberries contain a lot of fiber that will keep you feeling full for a longer time along with the natural enzyme Raspberry Ketones, which are said to be very useful in weight loss.
These enzymes are usually extracted from the berries and are used to produce health supplements that are widely available on the market.
8. More Activity and Exercise
Diet is huge, but exercise is very important as well! A combination of cardio along with strength training can have you working out more effectively. Routines like circuits and super sets will help you burn calories while also building strength.
If you feel like you need a little more pep in your step to get through that intense workout, there are a number of supplements to help speed up your metabolism and give you strength to complete your workout.
Supplements like Dendrobium are manufactured to help with such issues!
So losing 5-10 pounds doesn’t seem that hard, right?
The most important thing that you need to remember is self motivation!
You need to concentrate and follow the routine that you have set for yourself.
When losing 5-10 pounds, it is important that you focus on your goals and put in place fail-safes (like having family members motivate you) in order to keep you on your weight loss journey when the road gets rough!
Just remember to work on your diet, stay active, get in your workouts, and maintain a balanced lifestyle to help you achieve your realistic goals in a sustainable fashion!
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