Most people make weight loss a lot more complicated than it really is.
At the very foundation, losing weight is as simple as burning off more
calories than you consume. But none of us want to hear that, do we?
So, let’s discuss some of the quickest ways to lose some pounds so you
can be ready for that new event, date, the beach, or whatever it is you’re
trying to prepare for.
Rise and Rev
It’s common knowledge that the best way to lose weight – even if you
don’t change your diet at all – is to start moving (exercising) more.
But, most of us hate to exercise. And, the longer we have to exercise,
the more we hate it.
There’s an easier way.
You can workout for just 10 minutes per day, and see better results
than most people who exercise for 30 minutes to an hour.
The secret is to do it first thing in the morning – before you eat or
drink anything! (Water is allowed, and recommended. About 8 ounces to
start. But nothing else.)
The reason that this works well is… working out before eating anything
will use up your glycogen reserves, i.e. “stored energy” that your body
has been saving in your body from the previous night’s meal.
So, instead of piling on more energy (read: calories) by having breakfast,
you can use up what’s already stored in your body – before you have breakfast.
That way, more of your breakfast calories will get used up as energy during
the rest of your morning – instead of being stored up as more energy…
which eventually turn into fat weight.
As soon as you get up in the morning, drink about 8 ounces of water.
Warm water is preferred.
Next, visit the restroom/bathroom/toilet and take care of business.
After that…warm up for a minute or two by moving around, followed
by some light stretching, etc.
Then, for the next 10 minutes, start moving your body more vigorously,
to get your heart rate up. The trick is to keep moving continuously, without
ever completely stopping, for the entire 10 minutes (unless your heart
rate becomes excessively high.)
A great way to accomplish this is to do a few different exercises instead
of just one.
So, instead of jogging or running for the entire 10 minutes, do 3 or
more different exercises, one after the other, until your 10 minutes is
For example, you could start with some push-ups, then switch immediately
to squats, then some jumping jacks. If your 10 minutes isn’t up yet, start
over, i.e. do another set of pushups, then squats, then jumping jacks.
Keep cycling through this process until your 10 minutes are up – without
stopping or slowing down too much.)
(If you need to take a break in between exercises, walk around for a
minute. Do not stop completely. Keep some part of your body moving throughout
the entire 10 minutes so that your heart rate stays up.)
After your 10 minutes is up, take some small sips of water…then take
a couple of minutes to cool down and do some light stretching.
You’ll be amazed at what 10 minutes of exercise per day will do for
you – within just a few weeks… IF you do it before breakfast, as explained
Carbs or Protein?
If you don’t already know, your body needs carbohydrates, protein, and
yes, even fat in order to function optimally – provided they are from
the right sources.
The problem, especially in the Western culture, is that most of us tend
to have an abundance of all of those 3 nutrients.
So, carbs is not the enemy. Nor is protein or fat. The enemy is over-consumption.
And no, the “fix” is not to eliminate any of those nutrients from your
diet completely. As mentioned earlier, you need to consume all three to
So…if you’re having a hard time cutting back on the amount of your
overall calories consumed, you can see some dramatic results just be minimizing
your consumption of these:
- sugar, sugary products like candy bars, sodas, most coffee-shop drinks,
and even many fruit juices. (It’s much healther to just eat the fruit
instead of buying it in juice form.) If you do nothing else except minmize
your sugar intake, you’ll see some dramatic results.
- simple carbohydrates. These include white bread, pastries, cakes,
cookies – and most products made from white flour. Many of these also
contain large amounts of sugar. So, you’ll be doing twice as much good
by getting rid of these, or at least minimizing their consumption.
Eliminating, or minimizing your consumption of sugar, sugary products,
and most products created using white flour (which ends up turning into
sugar very quickly) is one of the quickest ways to start shedding pounds.
Try it out for 30 days and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Note: If you really feel the need to replace the above calories with
something else, go for more fresh fruits and vegetables, and/or even some
lean protein like whole beans, fish or eggs.
Food Is The New Drug
In our society, it’s not the hardcore drugs that most of us are addicted
to. Food is our drug, and food is our therapy.
We eat to feel better about our day, our most recent bad news, and even
to feel better about ourselves.
And, we often reach for the fatty, greasy foods. After all, they provide
the most “comfort.” They quickly change our body chemistry and make us
Being addicted to food is something that most of us will never admit
too. But it’s time to do a de-tox. (Don’t worry, unlike Lindsey Lohan,
you won’t need to check into a detox clinic or rehab center.)
We can do this ourselves, at home. The secret is juicing.
For an entire week, drink only vegetable and fruit juice. But, do not
buy any juice – unless it is fresh-squeezed without any added sugar or
The best way to do this detox is to get a juicer and juice the fruits
and veggies yourself.
You can, and should, take your multivitamins during this juice cleanse.
And, if you feel that you really need to supplement this juice diet
with more protein, have some almond milk – get a brand that has the least
amount of carbohydrates and sugar. About 8 ounces, once or twice pay day
should do it.
Warning: Just like a drug detox, you may experience some withdrawls
during your food detox. This is mainly because of your body’s addiction
to simple carbs, sugar, salt, and saturated fat.
But, don’t give in. This is only for a week. Come on, I know you’re
stronger than most people. So, just do it.
Not only will this week-long juice diet do wonders for your overall
health and immune system, it is also a way to quickly lose some pounds
without depriving your body of the nutrients that it needs.
Important: As always, consult your physician before starting any exercise
or fitness program.
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