When trying to lose weight there are lots of questions we have to ask. What are our lifestyle habits like? Do we live a relatively sedentary existence? Could we fit more exercise in each week? We also need to look at our eating behaviours. Do we tend to consume a lot of sugar, bread and pasta? Do we go for fast food rather than the healthier option? When answering these questions it often helps to keep a diary of our actions to see where we are falling short. But what we all really want to know is; how can we shift 8 pounds in 4 weeks? Below, I’ll go through some sure-fire ways to drop the pounds.
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Let’s get your shape out of the way first. You can work out which body type you fall into by following a simple chart. Once you know where your problem areas are you can start tackling them head on. You then need to work out realistic goals. Can you commit to four days in the gym per week? Would you rather go swimming? Can you adopt the HIIT approach? Are you able to drop 1,000 calories off your food intake each day? You need to ask yourself; what works best for you?
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How can you lose weight in a healthy, natural way? How can you keep the weight off permanently?
Ways to do this include:
1.) Hard but sure-fire – cutting out sugar, bread and pasta
2.) Aim to consume no more than 1,200-1,500 calories per day
3.) Amp up the exercise – from walking and running to yoga and Pilates
4.) Ease up on the alcohol
5.) Drink more water and only snack when you need to
6.) Go steady on portion sizes and eat most calories before noon
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I wrote a blog post this year about small changes to make, and you can read it here to get motivated. Some people prefer to take baby steps on their weight loss journey and others prefer a hard-hitting approach. Do what works for you. The best diets for some people are aided by natural weight loss supplements that can be used in addition to a healthy eating plan. These supplements help to break down and block fat, suppress appetite and speed up the metabolism. Celebrities, trainers and bodybuilders often use these to aid weight loss. But you also have to put in hard work and dedication for a weight loss plan to work. One of the hardest parts of dieting is staying motivated and breaking habitual cravings. You can do this by getting a friend on board to encourage you along the way or perhaps keeping a photo diary of your results. There also lots of Apps out there that help you with your progress and keep you on track.
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The biggest and easiest start to weight loss is the simplest. Keep moving. Our lives are ever more sedentary – from desk jobs and commuting to hours in front of the television and on social media. We’re never going to stop these things, but we can certainly balance them out with movement. Do something you enjoy and you have more chance of sticking at it. That could be rock climbing or weight lifting, samba dancing or tap. You’ll find your groove, and you’ll feel all the better for it. If you’re not inclined to sign up for gruelling exercise regimes, the best thing you can do is walk more. It’s an easy and rewarding way to burn up to 450-500 calories a day. If you can walk 10,000 steps a day (5 miles), you can burn up to 450 calories. Walking not only aids weight loss but is also beneficial for combatting mental health, dementia, diabetes and high cholesterol.
These are just a few awesome tips that can change the way you live and help you on your path to losing 8 pounds in 4 weeks. It is possible, and you can do it!