How to Lose 10 Pounds in 60 Days

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Losing 10 pounds in 60 days is a healthy level of weight loss. Most physicians and dietitians recommend losing around 1 or 2 pounds a week to create sustainable, healthy habits that will carry over in the long term, and losing 10 pounds in 60 days is right in this range, at a little over a pound a week. While the broad concepts of weight loss at this rate are to simply eat less and exercise more to create a calorie deficit, there are certain, more specific steps you can take to increase the likelihood of your success.

  • Eat three to four servings of vegetables per day. These contain important nutrients and complex carbohydrates that your body can efficiently use as fuel without storing much as fat.

  • Eat whole grain bread, rice and pasta instead of white varieties. These are also sources of complex carbohydrates, and are not metabolized as fat as quickly as simple carbohydrates. Aim for around six servings a day.

  • Eat lean meat with every meal, or substitute your meat with other sources of protein such as beans and lentils. Meat tends to be very calorie-dense, with some exceptions such as skinless chicken breast and steak with the fat trimmed off.

  • Interval train on a regular basis (every two days or so). This is a short-term, high-intensity exercise of around 20 minutes, running on a treadmill or outside, for example. You can also interval train on bikes or elliptical equipment. To make the 20 minutes worth it, you should work as hard as you can for around 30 seconds, then slow down for a minute or two, then repeat. The more fit you are, the shorter your slow intervals should be, until you are eventually working for 30 seconds and resting for 30 seconds.

  • Speak to a personal trainer about a strength-training program. These are weightlifting programs that use multi-joint exercises, which build muscle and speed up your metabolism to make you burn calories more efficiently and store less as fat.

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