Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lose 12 lbs in 6 weeks!!

I have received a ton of emails from people who are just as eager as me to lose weight, questioning whether it’s realistic to lose 12 pounds in 6 weeks. Rejoice friends, because the answer is a resounding YES and here is how you do it.

Donald Hensrud, MD associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochestor, Minnesota recommends losing no more than 2 pounds per week.  To drop more than that, you’d probably have to resort to the kind of extreme and unsustainable diet changes. The Beyonce Diet (aka the master cleanse diet)  or better yet the alleged Jennifer Aniston baby food diet anyone? These diet fads will only slow down your metabolism.

Read on for tips on losing the weight in a healthy way from Cynthia Sass R.D

Cynthia recommends:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast every morning. The ideal meal is a mix of sustaining protein, a little fat and fiber. For example a nonfat yogurt with berries and a little granola.
  • Eat small meals. Nibble on something every 3 to 5 hours will keep your metabolism high and prevent dips in the blood sugar cravings. Thank a handful of almonds.
  • Cut out all the white stuff. Refined foods like white flour and sugar have been stripped of minerals, not to mention fiber. It’s quite possibly the healthiest, fastest way for any woman to lose weight.

Wanna know how much to eat to maintain or lose weight?
An easy rule is take to your current body weight and multiply it by 13 if your moderately active- that’s about how many calories you need to stay where you are.

To lose weight shave off a few hundred calories from what you eat everyday or burn it off with exercise.
I hope that these tips help you, please comment and let me know how you are doing on the 6 week challenge. Let’s move!

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