Ok, so even though I was homeschooled, I find myself needing to lose 20 lbs for a class reunion!
I happened to marry my highschool sweet heart who happened to go to school with a bunch of my other friends, so here I am…30 pounds overweight with a 10 year reunion looming ahead.
So you do the math…I really only want to be 10 pounds overweight for the 10 year reunion, so what should I do to shed the excess baggage???
Anyone want to propose a plan for me to follow? And keep me accountable???
I have just about 2 months to lose the weight. Can I do it???
You can loose that much safely in a short period of time, but it takes absolute dedication to do it.
Here are two ways that will work.
The first is a bit expensive, but you may also find it easier to manage.
1) Meal plan based weight loss:
a. Get on a meal plan from: http://www.seattlesutton.com/ Only eat what they provide, plus vitamin supplements to make up for the change in nutrition
b. Exercise for 1 hour each day, no rest days. Lifting heavy weights is not necessary, but will give you an added benefit of keeping your metabolism in overdrive into the night. This is because your body will be repairing your muscles and that increases your metabolism and consequently, the burning of calories. Also consider walking as part of your exercise because it actually burns fat more directly than jogging. The reason for that is that fat [glycogen] is designed as a low-energy fuel. High energy activity, like jogging demands quicker access to stored energy in the body, so it is more likely to use up glucose than glycogen, which is what you’re trying to elminate. Finally, remember that whatever activities you choose to exercise with, don’t exceed your body’s ability to adapt. Pace yourself and be patient for results.
a. You can basically do the same thing that Seattle Sutton does by manually monitoring your calorie intake. Basically, you want to keep your calories down to something reasonable like 1700-2000 per day and burn more calories than you intake.
b. There are several diets out there, many of them work to various degrees, the key is to give your body what it needs and cut out things that work against weight loss. For instance, the Atkins diet concentrates on increasing protein intake and decreasing needless carbohydrates. Since Atkins is based on science, I can recommend it. It does work, but I would also suggest taking vitamin supplements because that will help make up for anything that you might become deficient in with such a constraining diet.
c. Drink lots of water to increase your metabolism just don’t go overboard, because you don’t want to flush the nutrients out with everything else.
d. It will also be better to eat small meals throughout the day rather than 3 concentrated meals. Snack on low calorie, nutritious foods like apples.
3) E-Diets: This is another source to help put you on the right track for diet and exercise. This one costs money like a structured meal plan, but it’s a bit more DIY and therefore cheaper. I can also guarantee that this works if you follow it. http://www.ediets.com/