Summer Challenge: 30 Pounds in 30 Days!

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My first goal for 2017 was to get fit, and I’m happy to say I’ve continued to make progress. While my fitness journey has taken some time, I have finally discovered how to lose weight effectively and quickly. With summer right around the corner, many people are starting to think about their health and fitness. And I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to safely lose thirty pounds in thirty days. All you have to do is follow these steps:

1.) Drink Water

If you’re serious about losing thirty pounds in thirty days, make water your new best friend. Seriously, water can make or break your diet. There are so many benefits to drinking water. Obviously, water has no calories. So, you can drink as much as you like without worrying about consuming a good portion of your calories for the day. Also, water hydrates your skin and cells to promote elasticity and weight loss.

If you’re like me and can’t go through the day without a little bit of caffeine, it’s okay to drink a cup of tea or coffee. But aside from your morning cup of caffeine, you should be drinking water. In order to really see the benefits of drinking water, make sure you’re drinking at least eight to ten cups of per day.

2.) Commit to a Lifestyle Change

We’ve all been there: we see a new “revolutionary” diet endorsed by a celebrity that is already thin and healthy. Although we subconsciously know the diet isn’t a smart or healthy option, we rush to store and purchase the specific food and diet pills. While some of these diets don’t even work, sometimes they do and the results are usually unsatisfactory. Instead of being slimmer and healthier, you might be slimmer, but your health isn’t better.

Instead of doing Beyonce’s master cleanse or taking Kim Kardashian’s Quick Trim diet pill, commit to a lifestyle change. In other words, start eating smarter and cleaner. This will be different for everyone, depending on their preferences and long-term goals.

For me, this meant I cut down on carbs and dairy, and ate more protein, vegetables, and fruits. In order to burn one bound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories. With this notion in mind, it’s often recommended to consume between 1,000 to 1,200 calories to lose weight. While this might not seem like a lot of calories, it’s enough to keep you full. Just take a look at what I usually eat in a day:

Breakfast:

1 tbsp. almond butter

1 cup oatmeal

Lunch:

1 cup romaine lettuce

6 grape tomatoes

¼ small onion

½ medium avocado

10 small grilled shrimp

2 tbsp. light Italian dressing

Dinner:

In-N-Out inspired Protein Style turkey burger with tomatoes, onions, and 1 tbsp. of ketchup.

3 oz. sweet potato fries

Dessert:

2.5 oz. Halo Top Birthday Cake ice cream

Total Calories: 1,110

3.) Exercise

Changing your diet is only half the effort. It’s important to exercise helps you lose weight and lowers your risk of developing serious diseases. You should make sure to do thirty minutes of cardio at least four times a week. And make sure to do some weight training because it promotes toned and elastic skin!

4.) Stay Motivated

Overall, keep yourself motivated by setting goals and telling yourself positive affirmations. While thirty days might seem like a long time, it goes by faster than you think. It’s also important to remember that you will most likely be the last person to notice how your body has changed physically. But, your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers will be there to praise your progress.

So, what are you waiting for? Start the challenge today. I believe you can do it!

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