The Top Five Diet Tips to Lose 10 Pounds

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When you want to lose weight, the process can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Sometimes you just want to lose a little weight, but quickly find that those last few pounds are the toughest to get off. You might lose 1 pound one day, only to find yourself gaining it right back a few days later. By following a few tips and keeping your eyes on the prize, you can lose 10 pounds and keep them off.

Skip the Beverages

  • Although you want to drink plenty of water, cut out any calorie-heavy beverages that you're drinking daily. Sodas, sports drinks, alcoholic drinks and even sugary tea can pack on a lot of unexpected calories and pounds. Instead, drink water with lemon or low-fat milk. If you drink mochas, lattes or other calorie-filled coffees, replace them with black coffee with milk. A medium mocha might be 330 calories, but a medium black coffee with milk is only 18 calories.

Tougher Workouts

  • Work out 30 minutes a day, or even longer if you can, and make sure the workout is brisk and gets your heart pumping. Instead of going for a walk, upgrade to a jog or a run, or try an interval workout that switches between a walking pace and a high-intensity run. If you work out on a treadmill, increase the incline level to burn more calories. Try Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga, to burn 600 to 700 calories in only 90 minutes.

Low-Fat Alternatives

  • Look at the whole-fat items in your refrigerator and replace them with lower-fat, lower-calorie alternatives. For example, replace your regular sour cream with low-fat sour cream. Use nonfat or skim milk instead of whole milk. If you use full-fat cheese or mayonnaise on your sandwiches, try replacing them with low-fat mayo and cheese made with skim milk. You can even switch out your creamer for a lower-calorie alternative.

Portion Control

  • Watching your portions can be the key to losing 10 pounds quickly. When you eat at home, use a smaller plate. Samantha Clayton, a certified personal trainer, told Shape.com that simply switching to a smaller plate alone can cut your calorie intake in half and result in a weight loss of 2 pounds a week. If you're going out to eat, fill up on lower-calorie salads or soups before your main entree arrives, so it'll be easier for you to keep your portion size small.

Use Protein

  • By adding more low-fat, lean protein to your diet, you'll help yourself feel fuller longer, which can make a big difference in losing those 10 pounds. Eating lean protein at breakfast can especially make a difference in how full you feel throughout the day. "Fitness" magazine suggests getting a quarter of your calories every day from lean protein. Good protein choices include roasted chicken, beef sirloin, eggs, cheddar cheese and almonds.

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