Many of us promise to do our best to lose some pounds before a special occasion. Often, this would entail having a strict diet and exercising. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to take on such ordeal – especially the part that involves working out on a regular basis.
But if you don’t have the time or the energy to exercise, you have a health condition that restricts your movement, or you are simply lazy, there are ways to lose 20 pounds if you have at least a month to spare. Here’s how:
Step 1: Do some calculations.
A pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories. So, to lose 20 pounds, this means you have to reduce 70,000 calories. This seems unrealistic, but to be on the safe side, simply get rid of 500 to 1,000 calories every day.
Step 2: Eat healthy.
You’ve probably heard about this so many times and that’s because it’s true. If you want to lose weight, eat healthy. You have a lot of options here such as:
- Lean protein
- Whole grains
- Fresh produce
- Low fat dairy
- Low calorie foods
- Foods high in fiber and protein
- Foods with small amounts of healthy fats
Step 3: Drink healthy.
Many people make the mistake of drinking fruit juices. But even the natural ones are not recommended if you want to lose weight. They have high amounts of sugar, which will not contribute to your weight loss goal. Also avoid beer, soda, and wine; instead, drink tea, water, or beverages that have no calories. It also helps if you drink water before you eat, so you feel fuller without eating a lot.
Step 4: Use smaller plates.
Eat less by serving food in smaller plates. This won’t make you feel like you’re depriving yourself.
Step 5: Eat slow.
The brain registers the feeling of being full after 20 minutes of eating. Eat slowly, so you eat less.
It helps if you don’t weigh yourself every day; limit the weighing to every week. Daily weighing can discourage you if you see that you’re not losing weight fast enough. You should also take multivitamins daily, so you still get the nutrients your body needs. You can also speed up the weight loss process by taking supplements, such as L-glutamine, which is an amino acid that can help you control your hunger. Another supplement is L-carnitine, which speeds up the process of burning fat.