Alright, it’s the time of the season, folks (who doesn’t love this song?).
The time to look at that belly fat in the mirror and beg it hysterically to go away. Or threaten that its days are counted.
Now. If you’re looking for a very realistic, fool proof way to lose 10 pounds in a month, I, the belly fat queen, am here for you!
10 pounds are not too much weight to lose and if you pull yourself together, you can do it! If you apply these tips for a month that fat is basically going to fall off your stomach. So why not do it, okay?
There were many times in my life when I needed to lose 10 pounds in a month, sometimes in a week, and in very extreme cases in an hour.
Was I successful? Yes, and no and no. Because if you want to lose 10 pounds in a week or an hour, you must be a little insane (not a genius – INSANE). But 10 pounds in a month, that’s good enough. Better in a month, than never.
So here are the tips that helped me get in shape in a reasonable time whenever I needed to.
How to Lose 10 Pounds In A Month – 5 Tips That Actually Worked For Me
1. Eat a satiating, high-fiber breakfast.
Let someone else drink those green smoothies and eat the croissants topped with mini doughnuts. You need something like good old oatmeal right now – top with some fruit, nuts and you’ll be full until lunch. Which is purrrrfect as long as you stick to #2. Hehe #2.
Here are my favorite breakfast recipes for weight loss with oats:
2. If you’re not hungry yet, reach for water first
When you start doing this, you’ll be surprised at how you’re almost never hungry.
When you actually first reach to water instead of food, you’ll realize you’re almost never eating because you’re hungry. You’re eating because it’s there, or, you know – because you’re bored. Or dehydrated.
That’s a huge change and it will make you feel more energetic and lighter – enjoy it! And I’m saying you, but all I can think of: that’s me.
3. Get physical
Wink, wink. OMG, can I stop with the old lady jokes, already? Obviously not. They’re just there.
But do get physical and exercise every day or 4-5 days a week.
30 minutes is enough, but make sure you’re SWEATING. Good old sweat will also make you happy and will motivate you to do it again TOMORROW, which is key here.
It was perhaps 2 years ago when I had stopped doing ANY exercises. I was just lazy – sitting all day and watching TV at night. I didn’t get overweight, but my chin had doubled, my arms were jiggly, my belly was spilling beautifully over the waistband and I felt like I was all over the place. No focus, and just blah.
Then I got busy. I stopped watching TV in the evening and signed up for some Pilates, Zumba and Yoga classes and additionally did basketball once a week. I felt so alive and was more focused (don’t know about yoga, but try playing basketball without being in the moment – it hurts!). AND. Within a week my friends and coworkers started telling me how my face had gotten smaller and that I’ve lost weight. You can imagine how good this felt.
Exercise is not the only thing you need to be doing to lose weight, but it’s definitely A HUGE HELP when it comes to weight loss. Go at your own pace: if you need to walk – walk, if walking’s too hard – try sitting exercises, if all that’s too easy for you – try this workout plan.
4. Get low after 3
My problem with low-carb is that the recipes are meat, meat, shrimp, meat aaaaand some meat again. I don’t want to eat meat all day, every day. And also, if I don’t eat any carbs, I will hate the world. I need some sort of balance.
So, and I’ve heard this tip from Mr. Wolverine himself – Hugh Jackman. I have not met him, and do not intend to look like him, because I’m a woman and I just like to look at him when I’m bored…Anyway: he said that his biggest tip to get in shape for X-Men was to not eat carbs after 3pm.
Ok, Wolverine, I’ll do everything you tell me to.
So, naturally, I tried this before and it works! Eat all your carbs (so grains, legumes, fruit & treats) before 3pm and then after 3pm – do the low-carb thing. As sad as it sounds – no pasta and pizza for dinner this month. If you don’t eliminate carbs completely, at least be mindful & don’t overuse them. For example, I would add some quinoa or chickpeas to my salad, but not go crazy like I usually do (I have pizza, pasta & bread WAY too often for dinner).
5. Stop at 7
All the research I’ve read and I’ve got this tip from some TV show I watched 10 years ago.
Don’t eat after 5 pm.
Now, I’ve heard about intermittent fasting, you’ve heard about intermittent fasting…but if you’re like me, you probably put off all your eating for late in the evening anyway. And where does this take you? You OVEREAT. You get tired and then you go to bed, without being able to digest all the food you just (uncontrollably) ate.
Well, if you want to lose weight: change your eating habits. Eat until 5pm. If you can’t do that, try until 7pm. This is enough time to digest, so you can sleep well.
In my experience 5pm works perfect for me. I was hungry the first 2 nights, but then I felt better and better. And in the morning I would always wake up with a flatter belly (which never happened to me) and ready to have my breakfast. Which, if I overeat at night – never happens. I wake up full and then eat breakfast anyway.
So, long story short: start the day with a nourishing breakfast, have a good, well balanced lunch, maybe a small dessert, then a lower carb dinner and then stop eating. (And drinking alcohol…wow, did not realize how wrong this sounds!)
Instead go to the gym, do some yoga or if you’re really fancy go to a massage or a spa. Or do something else…Knit something, try gardening, write, start a blog – keep yourself occupied, just not with food.
And then have a good night sleep and do it all again the next day.
Now if you can’t stay away from food altogether after 7pm – try some 0-calorie snacks like radishes, cucumbers or berries – all better than chips and candy.
Alright, guys! I realize I didn’t sound like the “genius” I usually am in this one, but these tips actually work, so I really needed to share them! All you need to do is try for yourself and you’ll be seeing results very, very soon!
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