Saturday, December 26, 2009

Can I Lose 10 lbs In 2 Months?

Hi there!

It's me Svetlana.

People ask me how to lose weight fast to get in shape for a major social event, beach vacation, etc. My answer always is: if you have time and discipline do lose weight slowly, you should by all means. Start low and go slow strategy has major advantages: one gets used to changes in exercise and diet much beter when they are introduced gradually. They do not feel so radical, the body has time to adjust. Slow start means no pressure on your mind and body, which makes the whole process stres-free and enjoyable. Remember: you will stick with those things you enjoy only. All sorts of tortures are not natural to your body and will be rejected. Body is smart and will not cooperate with you, meaning your routine will not stick. All the effort will be only short-lived, and this is what we want to avoid. Our goal is the lif-long change which is lasting, enjoyable, solid, and healthy.

Howver, if you absolutely MUST to lose weight quickly, which I HATE to advice, you can do it following this method I describe below.


There will be 3 steps to this 2 month weight loss, and you have to follow all 3 in order to see the results you want.


Preparation

Before you start this program, you should weigh yourself either on Sunday night or Monday morning and take all the measurements you care about. Usually I take measurements at the mid upper arm, chest, waist, belly button, hips, and mid thigh. Record all these numbers and repeat once a week. Keep it consistent though; if you measure on Sunday night, always measure on Sunday night.

1.Diet

Since diet is responsible for 80% of your fat loss results, we should tackle diet first.

What you need to do, is to eat 3 small meals and 3 snacks each day.

The meals should consist of 4 oz of lean meat such as chicken, turkey, eggs (whites), and fish; a complex carb such as oatmeal, whole grain bread, brown rice, whole grain cereal, a sweet potato (or yam), or a small white potato; and a green vegetable such as asparagus, broccoli, bean, peas, or salad.

Only one 4 oz serving of meat and one serving of your chosen carbohydrate is allowed, while multiple servings of vegetables are encouraged.

For your snacks you will choose a piece of fruit, a serving of dry roasted unsalted nuts, more vegetables, a low sugar protein shake or protein bar, or another 4 oz of lean meat. Also consider dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, and cheese, but make sure those products have NO SUGAR in them.

Most meals will add up to about 350 calories, while snacks will be roughly 150 calories, for a total of roughly 1500 calories. I am using 1500 as a baseline, but this can be adjusted according to your Total Daily Energy Expenditure.

A more accurate way to get a base caloric level would be to multiply your current weight by 13 to get a maintenance level and subtract about 200 calories to put you in a deficit. You would then add or subtract 100 calories each week depending on whether you lose too little, too much, or just the right amount of weight the previous week.

Ideally you will lose 5 lbs in the first 10 days and 2 pounds each week thereafter. You can see how easy it is to lose 10 lbs in just 2 months.

So what’s the catch? You have to really commit to this kind of diet in order to lose 10 lbs in 2 months. You have to get all your meals in as scheduled and you have to eliminate added sugar and junk food of any kind. This is a strict diet designed to lose weight quickly.

Please do yourself a favor and commit to this diet entirely for one month. Do not cheat even once. This is the way you will lose 10 lbs in 2 months, not by just eating healthy.

Besides this diet is just about the healthiest eating you can do, so imagine if you could convert to this type of eating full time for the rest of your life. I’ve seen no less than 4 people already decide to do this after trying the diet for a couple weeks.

2.Exercise

You really should exercise 5-6 times each week for maximal fat loss when following this plan, however  people get good results with only 3, 1 hour long workouts in a week.

This can be 2 cardio workouts and 3 weight training workouts, 5 cardio workouts, however you choose to split it up is fine with me. Cardio and weight lifting workouts must be at least 30 minutes in duration, but remember that if you only workout 3 times, and each workout is a low intensity 30 minute cardio workout on the treadmill, you will definitely NOT maximize your fat loss.

For weight training, you should do a total body workout routine three times a week, alternating days with cardio. Do not forget to give your body rest 1 day a week. So, you will do cardio and weights on 6 days, alternating them, and rest one day a week.

For cardio, you should follow an high intensity interval training (HIIT) sprint routine where you sprint for 30 seconds, slow down for 2 minutes, sprint for 30 seconds, slow down for 2 minutes, and keep repeating this for 20 minutes. HIIT training can be done with many exercises including machines, jogging, biking, rowing, stair sprints, etc…

If you have a better solution for high intensity cardio, please do it. Some examples might be spinning, extreme kickboxing, jumping rope, or a plyometric circuit. Just please don’t walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and call it a ‘cardio workout’.

Don’t forget to also stretch for 10 minutes after each workout session.

3.Lifestyle

You may not believe I’m about to say this, but this might not be the best time to make major lifestyle changes, with a couple exceptions. My reason being because this diet is going to be tough enough as it is, never mind making psychologically taxing changes like quitting cigarettes. That could be the sort of straw that can break a camel’s back.

Instead focus on positive lifestyle changes that you can add to your life. Things like sleeping an extra hour or drinking an extra bottle of water. You should be drinking 8, 8 oz glasses each day. If you must drink coffee, limit it to one cup per day. NO SUGAR. Learn to drink it black or with 1/2 a shot of skim milk. Decaf would be even better.

Be sure to take your multi-vitamin each day as well as any other supplements you might use, like calcium and possibly a fiber pill or powder. Trust me when I say the extra fiber will come in handy on this diet. Also pick up an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement such as Fish Oil or Flaxseed Oil.

Attempt to stay de-stressed as much as possible. Meditate if that’s what you do. Watch a movie if that’s what you do. Whatever it is, try to relax whenever possible. Also, if possible try to do a bit of sex. Sex always obliterates stress completely… at least for an hour or so.

Afterward

On a positive note, you can relax a bit after the first month. Stay strict for 30 days, then allow foods to creep back in that you know are pretty healthy such as light flavored yogurt, cottage cheese with pineapple, lean ground beef, whole egg omelets, etc…

The important piece will be to keep your eating habits pretty healthy, maintain your workout routine, keep living healthy, and keep the calories monitored so that you don’t regular go above your maintenance level.

After the 2 months, I would highly suggest you don’t go back to eating junk food. Always keep your sugars, animal fats, trans fats, and starches low. Foods like pasta, lamb, nachos, and cake should be avoided 99% of the time. Staying strict on this diet will make your body feel awesome and I really don’t think you will enjoy eating garbage food again. And keep having sex.

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Good Luck!
 
So long!
Svetlana

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