If you want to look younger, one of the most effective things you can do is lose that extra weight.
Studies show definitively that being the right weight makes you look years younger than being overweight. And of course, it is key to a long and healthy life!
Dieting can be difficult, stressful and sometimes, expensive. And maintaining any weight loss is often challenging.
What are you thinking right now when I say it is possible to lose 10-20 pounds magically? 5 free and totally cool methods that work are an easy, fun way to help you lose weight and keep it off.
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Diets that you pay for always involve money, and often involve highly structured programs and specially bought food.
On the plus side, stick to the plan and you may lose 10 pounds or more a month: that is a lot of, pretty quick, weight loss.
On the downside, you will eventually get tired of the strict requirements as well as the cost.
The trouble with quick weight loss is the flipside. Quick weight gain.
And then there is the real problem: yo yo dieting.
Yo yo dieting is bad for your health and really bad for your anti-aging goals. And I am talking from experience here.
Cycles of weight gain and loss will eventually stretch your skin and age your appearance, the exact opposite of what we want to do!
Source: Doctor Oz
Our ‘free and totally cool methods that work’ are designed to lose that 10–20 pounds slowly.
YES, slowwwwllly: think, 5 pounds every 3 months.
Don’t moan or groan right now or click the delete button. You won’t be disappointed! Losing 10-20 pounds magically is going to be fun and easy.
And it won't feel like work!
Also, these methods don’t require money, meal plans, prep time or even much discipline. And they can be used forever.
Didn’t I say easy????
You want to look and feel younger every day. These free and totally cool methods that work can help you do just that!
Lose 10-20 pounds magically tip #1 – Have a leisurely and beautiful Sunday brunch
For many of us, Sunday is a day when we have less rigid schedules, and more flexibility to plan our lives. This is a terrific, feel good, opportunity to lose weight painlessly! And grow younger as we do it!
Here is what you do:
1. Have a warm and filling breakfast with about 300 – 400 calories. Oatmeal or cereals with fruit can do it, there are lots of choices (even an Egg McMuffin, 290 calories!);
2. Plan for a light evening meal, another 300 – 400 calories, including 2 to 3 ingredients for variety. Do the planning now so temptation won’t strike later;
3. Make your lunch/brunch a leisurely pleasure event – you are going to ‘spend’ 700 – 800 calories on your choice of 3 or 4 different foods: soups, salads, protein, more fruit, even a piece of toast, wafers or other carbs. And take your time enjoying!
The goal is to have a wonderful enjoyable Sunday while consuming about 300 calories less than your weight maintenance target.
Check a weight maintenance calculator: there is one in our reference section below. For a 5’6” woman at 150 pounds and a light exercise profile, weight maintenance intake might be 1,800 calories or so.
The idea would be to plan your day so as to use about 300 calories less than your weight maintenance level, or 1,500 in this case: 400/800/300 breakfast/lunch/dinner would do it!
How does this work? On the rule of thumb that 3,500 calories equals a pound, 52 beautiful Sundays will save us 4 or 5 pounds a year!
Lose 10-20 pounds magically tip #2 – Make one day a week a Colored Food Day
Food comes in all shades and hues. Whether red, yellow, purple or green, there are many excellent foods that combine high nutritional values, modest calories and often extra benefits, like improved skin – bonus!
Here is how your colored food day works:
1. Pick a day of the week convenient to you during which you can readily manage what you eat
2. Pick a color on which you are going to focus your eating that day
3. Make a list of foods you like that are based around that color
4. Plan to use foods of the selected color in each meal
Most of our color foods are low calories, low fat and healthy! By making sure you use the chosen color in each meal on Color Day, you can easily save 400 calories that day or a pound or two every three months. NB don’t avoid proteins or you may get hungry.
Here are some examples (just a few) of foods in various shades:
Purple – various fruits like blueberries, blackberries, red grapes, plums, and vegetables like cabbage, onions and some types of cauliflower, potatoes or even carrots.
Yellow – many fruits (pineapple, lemon, papaya….) and veggies (squash, peppers, pumpkin) are at your pleasure.
Reds – berries, including cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and foods like peppers, tomatoes, beets, apples….red foods come in all shapes and sizes!
Greens - green beans, avocados, cucumbers, peas, lettuce…wow, the greens never quit…there are many many more to consider too!
And that’s not to mention white, orange and blues…..
Do you want to lose 10-20 pounds magically? 5 free and totally cool methods that work need to be integrated into your lifestyle. A color day a feast is something you will look forward to!
Lose 10-20 pounds magically tip #3 – Pick one food you love and DON’T eat it for a month
We all have our go to foods —go to when we are rushed, when we are depressed, when we are celebrating, or just cause we like them so much!
Mine is peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies. Oh, and popcorn with lots of olive oil and pizza. Oh yeaah. And oooie gooie protein bars —which is my substitute for a candy bar.
These go to foods may not be too ‘bad’ for us but are probably becoming a habit. It’s a good idea to break habits that involve caloric intake so they don’t get out of hand.
If you have a hard time breaking away from your food favorites, you will want to find a food to switch into. Because ‘habit foods’ are usually high fat or high sugar. Healthier and fulfilling foods you switch into will definitely help you lose weight.
List your habit foods and figure how many calories you are consuming a week. Your goal: cut that by 50 calories a day by habit substitution – find a fun food that is a change of pace!
Yes, 50 calories a day! That’s another 4 to 5 pounds a year —hey you can practically inhale 50 calories from the air— that’s easy! But it starts with changing those habit foods!
Lose 10-20 pounds magically tip #4 – Eat great snacks!
But make them protein based not carbohydrate.
We all snack and snacking is ok if done right! But here is the scoop —you can replace a 200 calorie cookie or candy snack with 100 calories of protein based food, and feel more full!
‘Satiety’ is the name of the game —feeling full is feeling good! And studies show that nothing make you feel more satiated than high quality protein. And eating protein before other foods (like carbs) helps you regulate blood sugar also. Plus it is good for your skin and therefore helps you look younger!
Now, if you save 100 calories a day, and feel better doing it, and look better too, that is a win win win! And that’s up to 10 pounds a year of excess weight gone gone gone.
Lose 10-20 pounds magically tip #5 – Only eat on days ending in ‘Y’
What??? Isn’t that every day??? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday….yes, they all have a Y —what am I saying here?
What I am saying is, you have to eat to live.
Since you have to eat anyway, eat with purpose: look lean and attractive, look and feel younger than the calendar says, be a role model to those around you.
Our 4 specific tips can easily, safely and pleasurably help you lose 10–20 pounds a year and keep it off too.
But what will count in the long term is your feeling of purpose and your feeling of intention: to live a long and healthy life and to ‘grow younger every day!’
I can’t wait to hear how you are doing. —let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or please post something in Facebook about how to lose 10-20 pounds magically.
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And remember, our jobs, and I know you and I have already accepted it, is to grow younger every day!
And maintaining a healthy weight will help you achieve that!
Till next time,