Simple 50-Pound Slim-Down
How would you like to be 50 pounds lighter 12 months from now?
50 pounds comes out to about 3 pants sizes. Can you image how you would look 3 sizes smaller? You’d look like a whole new, younger person.
It’s actually much easier than you think. I’m not talking about invasive, costly surgery, dangerous pills or potions or grueling routines. All it takes to hit the 50-pound mark is losing one measly pound each week.
Hang with me for a minute and I will break it down mathematically. A pound represents 3,500 calories. Spread that over 7, days and you’ll see that you need a 500-calorie deficit each day to lose one pound in a week.
Your 500-calorie deficit can be done by a combination of increased calorie exertion (exercise) as well as a decrease in calories consumed (eating less).
Follow these steps:
First, record your normal weekly exercise. Look at everything from walking to participating in sports to exercising in the gym. This is your starting point. From here, you’ll need to burn an additional 3,500 calories on top of your normal weekly exercise.
If you don’t currently exercise, then any new activity will count towards your 3,500-calorie weekly goal.
Second, record your normal weekly food intake. This may be an eye-opener when you see how many calories you eat in a day. Record everything honestly, since you are only cheating yourself by not recording everything. Calculate the total number of calories that you eat in an average day.
Now, divide the 3500 calories between your activity list and your food list. You could choose to eliminate 1,000 calories each week and burn off an additional 2,500. Or you may decide to burn 3,000 calories and eat 500 fewer calories.
Here are 7 simple ways to cut 250 calories:
- Drink plain coffee instead of a sweetened coffee drink. Flavored coffee drinks are delicious, but filled with way too much sugar. Drop 250 calories (or more) when you stick with plain coffee or tea instead of sugar-filled holiday coffee drinks.
- Just say NO! to the holiday treats. A single slice of fruitcake may seem innocent enough, besides everyone is eating them at the office meeting, why shouldn’t you? You know that all those holiday treats are packed with fat and calories. For each tempting treat that you refuse to eat, imagine the 250 calories falling off of your waistline, and smile to yourself.
- Jog for 30 minutes. Want in on a little secret? The hardest part about a simple 30 minute jog is the act of getting your shoes on and walking out the door. It’s true.
- Exchange 20 oz of regular soda for water. You know that soda is filled with tons of sugar, so why are you still drinking it? Every time you crave an ice-cold cola, picture swallowing spoonfuls of white sugar. Stick with water, and kiss those extra calories goodbye.
- Swim laps for 30 minutes. If your response to my jogging suggestion was “I have bad joints,” then you’re in luck. Swimming is one of the best aerobic activities you can do, and it’s impact-free. When you swim, you recruit your entire body, a process which requires lots of energy (AKA calories).
- Eat an apple instead of a cookie. Do you always go for something sweet after dinner? While your first instinct may be to reach for a cookie or a bowl of ice cream, why not consider what nature has to offer? Fruit is sweet, natural and lower in calories than traditional desserts.
- Come give my fitness routine a try. I have the whole calorie-burning equation down to a science, and I’d love nothing more than to help you achieve your fitness goal. My workouts have been known to burn up to 500 calories at a time, so what are you waiting for?
- Losing 50 pounds in 12 months is very possible. Simply use the tips above to create your daily 500 calorie deficit and you’ll be shedding the weight in no time.
If you’d rather have me do most of the work for you, then call or email to set up your no obligation consultation.
When you work with me, there’s a good chance that those 50 pounds will fall off in less than 12 months. That wouldn’t be so bad, would it?