If you were told that simply watching you eat and picking up the pace in the exercise department would result in a 10-pound drop in one week, would you believe it? A lot of people will answer an emphatic no, and that’s unfortunately why a lot of diets never get off the ground.
A lot of misinformation is floating around out there about how diets work, why they work, and what you can expect from them. Many people simply believe the naysayers and that a goal like 10 pounds in a week simply isn’t doable.
It is, however, and following a low-calorie diet format may be just the diet you need to get your new life started.
Some people only need to lose around 10 pounds to get back to a healthier weight, and others need to lose a lot more but would certainly be motivated by the first 10 pounds coming off in a week. Wherever you stand on the spectrum, implementing a low-calorie diet, along with proper exercise, can leave you 10 pounds lighter in only 7 days.
Why a Low Calorie Diet will bring Weight Loss
Like most things in life, weight loss can be explained through an extremely simplistic formula. If your body burns more calories than it takes in, you will lose weight. Why? It has to do with your body’s inclination to always burn fuel for energy.
Although most don’t really think of it, your body needs a lot of energy to operate. Brain function, your heartbeat, breathing, cognitive ability, walking, talking, and so and so on, all require energy; so when you’re feeding your body more than it can burn, it uses what it can and stores the rest as fat.
If you don’t supply enough, however, your body will be forced to dip into the reserve fuel (the fat you have stored already) to burn.
Making sure you cut down on your calorie intake is a surefire way to drop some of those unwanted pounds. A healthy adult can get by on 1200 calories a day or 2,000 calories a day, and most eat in excess of 3500. Think about that – cutting your calories by a third can really change your life and help you lose weight and keep it off.
To kick-start this process and lose 10 pounds in a week, however, you will have to shock your system.
This means, simply: you will limit your calorie intake to a maximum of 1200 calories per day. And of these calories, you will make sure they’re not coming primarily from fats or sugars. You want to eat a balanced diet, always low in calories.
A low-calorie diet doesn’t really limit what you eat, beyond avoiding the junk out there – food high in sugars, processed/refined foods, any sort of junk food, etc. The object with this diet, as its name suggests, is to limit your calorie intake.
To do this, you’re looking a process of counting the calories of the food you ingest; from there, try to take in only around 1,200 per day if you really want to drop the weight.
Tips for the Week
- Implement portion control when eating – eat smaller meals at regular intervals
- Avoid snacks and any sort of junk food or processed foods
- Be diligent in your calorie-counting process, making sure to never exceed your limit
- Preplan your menus and shop accordingly
- Drink water before and during meals to help you feel full
- Exercise every morning or evening for at least 20 minutes