Welcome to weight loss math class. Here’s how to lose up to 8 pounds safely by this time next month.
We’ll divide the 8 pounds equally and strive for 2 pounds per week.
There are 3,500 calories in a pound. You need to start by creating a 7,000 calorie deficit per week. You can do that by either eating less or burning more.
What’ll it take? Let’s first set a realistic goal of cutting 500 calories a day, which would equal 3,500 calories in a week. That would take care of one of the pounds. If you’re a snacker, it should be easy: ½ cup of dry roasted peanuts is 427 calories. A fried chicken breast is already 364. You get the point.
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For the other pound: Burn, baby burn.
You just need to exercise away the other pound. You could run at a medium pace and hit your mark in a little over half an hour. Swimming is great. Handball and rock climbing, too. TV watching though? Not so much.
By the way, we’re going for 8 pounds, because you should never lose more than 1-2 pounds per week. No crash diets here! This isn’t just about loosing weight, but about making permanent dietary and exercising changes for a healthier lifestyle.