10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds (or more!)
Losing weight isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition. Everybody is different with different chemistry, perspective, food preference and more. What works for one person, may not necessarily work for the next. Sometimes unwanted weight can creep on (so sneaky!) and we find ourselves wanting to get it back down, or perhaps we simply want to slim down for a season (hello summer!) No matter what your motivation, we have curated a few tips - guaranteed to appeal to nearly every body type - to help you reach your goals.
Here are 10 ways to lose 10 pounds
1. Drink more waterWater is actually an appetite suppressant, so if you commit to drinking a full glass before a meal, you will consume less food and calories. Some experts even say that adding lemon to your water is an additional boost of weight loss power!2. Cut portions in halfLosing weight is actually pretty simple - burn more calories than you consume. By cutting your portions in half, you can get there much faster. In fact, there is a whole diet concept around just that, the perfectly named "Just Eat Half" diet. Creator Philip Simon states he lost 18 lbs in two months by simply cutting every single portion in half.3. Double up the greensGreen vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, and celery (plus, a whole host of others), have a high concentration of nitrate, which is chemically proven to reduce your risks for heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Not to mention, they are high in fiber and pretty darn filling too.4. Go gluten-freeGluten-free diets may seem like the latest craze, but there is something to be said for how being "gluten-conscious" helps you to make healthier choices (such as whole and unprocessed foods, and lean meats). There are also a whole slew of theories and reasoning behind how taking the 'glue' out of your diet also keeps your digestive track clean as well. We recommend you consult a doctor on whether this route is right for you.5. Team upFinding an exercise partner is not only fun, it can also push you to new limits. Workout buddies can motivate you, keep you accountable, and celebrate successes with you.6. Train for a raceRaces are in nearly every community; from fun runs to 10k's, from mud-runs to triathlons. If you sign up for a race you'll have extra motivation to train for it, plus you'll have an end goal in mind. There are many phone apps available that can help you train, as well.7. Get a stand up deskRecent studies are showing that staying seated at a desk all day is akin to smoking cigarettes (eek!). By making one small shift in your daily habits (standing rather than sitting), you will improve your health dramatically. Stand-up desks help increase circulation, can strengthen your core and back, and burns more calories than sitting down.8. Try a new workoutIt's easy to get into a rut and bore of your same old workout routine; it can also lead to over-development of certain muscles. Mix things up by trying something new. (Check out our class schedule here.)9. Slow downThere are many benefits of slowing down in every area of your life, including (yes) losing weight. Slow down by getting the correct amount of sleep, between 6-8 hours per night. When you're short on sleep you're more likely to eat bigger portions and drink sugary caffeinated beverages to stay awake. Slow down by literally slowing down the pace when you eat. Slowing down when you eat gives your body time to recognize when you're full and you're less likely to overeat. Slow down in LIFE. Too often we are rushed in every single thing we do; by slowing down and savoring the moments our consciousness can help us be aware of other things (like stress eating).10. Cut the sugarSugar consumption in America has skyrocketed in the past 100 years. Whereas, the average person consumed four pounds of sugar per year a hundred years ago, now we consume 150-170 pounds per year. By cutting sugar from your diet, you can easily trim out unwanted calories and cravings (plus, a whole slew of additional benefits that we can expand on in a different post).Weight loss is a personal journey, not necessarily a destination. By finding what works for you, and making small tweaks to your life, you can easily shed any unwanted extra weight.