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.
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.
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.
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.
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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