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How to Lose 20 Pounds in a Month

Friday, September 7, 2012 · 0 comments

For most people, losing 20 pounds in a month seems to be something that can only happen in their dreams. But, the fact is that they could actually turn this into reality. Like any other weight loss goal, this could be easier to achieve if you have the right strategies in place. To lose 20 pounds in a month, use these three strategies: reduce your calorie intake, increase your resting metabolism, and quickly burn calories while doing weight and cardio workouts. Below are some tips on how you can put these strategies to action. Remember that the goal you are trying to achieve is quite high, so be ready for radical changes.

The Eating Strategy

1. Plan your meals at least a day ahead. If you can prepare a weekly menu, so much the better. Planning your meals ahead allows you time to think and figure out healthier meals and prepare them ahead of time. You will avoid struggling the next day on what to eat and end up with food that can ruin your diet.

2. Eat at least 5 to 6 small meals daily. This manner of eating raises your metabolism and sends a positive message to your body. It gives your body the feeling that it will always have enough supply of food and that it’s not going to starve.

3. When preparing meals, make bigger batches. You can store the rest in the freezer so you will save time in your food preparations and have a variety of food to choose from all the time.

4. Eat small meals. It’s amusing how hard it is to find steaks smaller than 8 ounces in restaurants, but are you aware that your body is incapable of digesting that amount and can not even use more that 4 ounces of steak?

5. Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber helps increase your metabolism and can make you healthier by eliminating toxins in your body.

6. Drink a lot of water. It can make your metabolism faster and makes you feel great at the same time.

The Exercise Strategy

  1. Exercise twice a day. It does not have to be long grueling hours at the gyms. You can do one 20 minutes workout in the morning and do another 20 minute in the evening.
  2. Do weight exercises once every second day. Building muscles will help burn more fat from your body. While your muscles take more calories to maintain, fat takes almost none. Break up your cardio workouts into high and low intensity. The high intensity workout is to burn the carbs off and the low intensity workout to get rid of the excess fat left.
  3. Do 20 minutes of hard cardio. This increases your heart rate up to around 80% and increases your metabolism for as long as 12 to 24 hours.
  4. Take an hour long casual walking exercise. Walking is a low impact exercise, and doing it for about an hour is a great way to burn fat.
  5. Weights should be a part of your basic exercises. Exercises such as, bench press, squats, military presses, and lunges can target a lot of muscle groups at one time.
  6. Get a lot of rest and sleep. This helps your body recover and will give you strength for your next round of physical activities.

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