We all know how hard it is to lose 10 pounds and keep the weight off. But weight loss doesn’t have to be confusing. In fact it’s really quite simple: to lose weight you must burn more calories than you eat.
Take the Weight off Slowly
A safe and effective way to lose 10 pounds and keep it off is to lose ½ to 1 pound per week. Since 3,500 calories equals 1 pound, you’d have to burn an extra 250 – 500 calories each day to achieve your goal. To burn those extra calories you can either eat less, exercise more or a combination of the two (preferred). Check your food labels to find out how many calories are in the foods you’re eating. Try to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
Choose a Reasonable Time frame
You should allow 10 – 20 weeks to lose 10 pounds safely and effectively. After you lose 10 percent of your initial body weight (e.g. 20 pounds for a 200 pound person) try to maintain your new weight before attempting another weight loss.
Weigh yourself once a week to check your progress. If you get off track, start fresh the next week. Losing 10 pounds without gaining it back sure isn’t easy but is possible!