10 Days Weight Loss Challenge
Set a weight-loss target
As soon as you decide it’s time to shed that spare tire, you need to set a realistic weight-loss target. Keyword: Realistic. A recent survey revealed that just 20% of dieters last through the first month—
and two in five don’t even get past the first week—because they set unrealistic goals they just can’t stick to, leading to hunger, discouragement, and disappointment. This is first day of 10 Days weight loss challenge.
Clean out your fridge
Late-night binges on ice cream or cheese while standing in front of the fridge are bound to pack on pounds. But you already know that. What you may not know: the way your refrigerator is organized may also affect your weight. This is second day of 10 Days weight loss challenge.
Stock your kitchen with superfoods
Yesterday, you cleared out your fridge; today, it’s time to re-stock with staples that allow you to throw together a healthy meal at a moment’s notice. Eating more meals at home is one of the easiest ways to reduce your calorie intake. A recent study revealed that on days people dine out, they consume an extra 200 calories. Think about those lunches from your company cafeteria, stops at the drive-through, and dinners out with friends or family—those meals add up to big calories. This is third day of 10 Days weight loss challenge.
Assess your personality
Whether you’re the life of the party, a bookworm, or a night owl, your personality plays a surprisingly large role in your ability to slim down.
Find time for fitness
Sure, you could try to lose weight with diet changes alone, but the truth is, you’re more likely to lose the weight—and keep it off—if you exercise, too. Experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio every day, plus two strength-training sessions a week, but just 20% of Americans meet those guidelines. Top excuse for skipping exercise: “I’m too busy.”
Cut your portions
Losing weight is all about burning more calories than you take in. But no one likes the word “diet”. The good news is that you can cut calories painlessly by tricking yourself into eating less.
Do this calorie-burning strength workout
The average woman in her 30s who strength-trains two times a week for 30 to 40 minutes will burn an extra 100 calories a day within four months. In other words, the more muscle you build, the more calories your body burns.
Eat more fat-burning foods
Certain foods have a thermogenic effect, which means you literally burn calories as you chew. Other have nutrients and compounds that crank up your metabolism.
Drop these bad workout habits
Exercise plays a part in any successful weight-loss plan, but the scale won’t budge if you take shortcuts. Experts reveal the bad habits and poor form that blow your calorie burn, and tell you how to maximize your sweat sessions.
Toss these low-fat foods
Hate to break it to you, but it’s time for another fridge and pantry cleanout. Look for anything labeled “low fat,” “fat free,” or “reduced fat.” While these labels are fine for dairy products like milk, you shouldn’t automatically assume other types of foods are any better for your diet than the full-fat versions. Why? All too often, companies use more sugar, salt, and additives to make them taste good. The result is foods that are lower in fat, sure, but more sugary and sometimes even more caloric. So search your cupboards for these nine foods, and replace them with our expert-approved picks.