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How to Lose Five Pounds of Body Fat: Lose 5 Pounds Easy In a Month – Part III: Best Exercises to Lose Weight

Updated on September 29, 2010
Exercise, combined with healthy eating is the ultimate healthy weight loss tool. The good news is, you don't have to do tons to get great results.
Exercise, combined with healthy eating is the ultimate healthy weight loss tool. The good news is, you don't have to do tons to get great results.

Eating healthy and having realistic expectations about weight loss are obviously very important. Exercising is also equally important. You don’t have to exercise every single day to lose five pounds a month, but some exercise is definitely necessary and very beneficial.

This is the last section, Part III of my series on How to Lose 5 Pounds a Month. Part I: Slow Weight Loss and Part II: Healthy Eating 

Losing five pounds a month is not that hard. In fact, when you follow a healthy eating strategy and pair it with moderate exercise – it becomes almost too easy! 

How Much You Should Exercise to Lose Weight

If you currently exercise and want to lose five pounds a month, evaluate the situation – how much do you exercise – at least 3x a week for 30 minutes at a time? That’s a great start. If you're not seeing the results you want, try upping it to 45 minutes 3x a week, or 30 minutes 4x a week.

If you don’t currently exercise, that’s ok! It’s really easy to start and get into a healthy pattern of exercising at minimum, 3x a week. Start off at just 15 minutes a day on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, it doesn’t have to be anything intense. You’re not training for a marathon – you’re just working towards a healthier lifestyle and losing a small amount of five pounds every month.

Get Into A Fun Exercise Routine!

Find something that you enjoy. Even if it’s just walking around the mall, you’re moving and burning calories. That’s better than nothing. Swimming, dancing, playing the Wii - you're moving and that's very beneficial!

Cardio is very important for weight loss, so I’d recommended trying to do 15-30 minutes a day, three times a week. Don’t overdo it! Ease your way into a routine. Otherwise, you’ll end up with sore muscles and will be more likely to give up.

Once you’ve gotten used to doing cardio (which is absolutely necessary to burn fat and calories), you’ll need to do some really basic toning exercises. The arms is a good place to start, you can go here for an article I wrote on how to lose arm fat. It features some free, toning videos at the end – they are very easy to do!

Some Beneficial Work-Out DVDs

I believe that it is possible to lose weight without paying a dime (there are so many free resources online, these days!) but, sometimes videos and other tools can be worth it.

Here are my two favorite videos that I use all the time. Again, totally not necessary (you can find tons of free exercise videos on YouTube and other places online with a google search).

Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred

The premise of this video is that you should do her exercises once every day. I think that is ridiculous. When I first started, I could barely do 3x a week! It is a REALLY intense workout, even for people that are used to moderate to heavy exercise. It actually has three workouts on the DVD, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Once you feel that the beginner workout isn’t enough for you anymore, you can move on to the next level. The idea is that you can eventually build up to doing all three in a row. I have been doing this video 2-3 times a week for a few months and certainly can’t do all three in a row! I’m lucky if I can do the intermediate one. The beginner exercise is pretty challenging.

Anyways, it is a challenging video, but it produces REALLY awesome results, even if you can only do the beginner 2-3x a week. And, if you can get past that level, there are plenty of more exercises to do. For me, just doing the beginner workout is totally worth it and I love the DVD.

Winsor Pilates

The next DVD I use (well actually several form the series) is Winsor Pilates. They can be very expensive brand new. I begged my mother for a set of them several years ago but absolutely love them all and still use them to this day. Therefore, they were worth it. Purchase them on eBay or used on Amazon to get great prices. I love the 20 Minute Workout. It’s very relaxing and the results are truly incredible. Everything in your body is worked on, in just 20 minutes. It’s not hard and you’ll look forward to it. Pilates is very easy (especially with Marie Winsor’s beginner series) and is such an incredible form of exercise. It's very beneficial because you will learn some essential deep breathing skills that help burn extra calories, not to mention relax you!

That's all, folks!

That’s the end of my three part series on How to Lose 5 Pounds a Month! Hope you learned at least one new thing to help you with your healthy weight loss and lifestyle.

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      nicnac 6 years ago from Ireland

      am impressed with some of your ideas, you make it sound so easy to just decide to do it, an im here thinkin to myself its such work, you hav put it in writing... It shouldn't be :-) thanks for that, il be callin back for more tips :-)

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      wademcmaster 7 years ago from Australia

      Nice Hub! I agree its important to find something you enjoy, since a lot of people just choose something and often not enjoy it, and give up prematurely.

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      I have actually never tried Taebo, however I've heard that it is a really intense and therefore high-calorie burning workout. Taebo would definitely help you lose five pounds each month, but the most important thing is to find a challenging exercise program or DVD that YOU like, that you can stick with!

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      Chrissy 7 years ago

      what do you feel about Billy Banks Taebo ?

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      olaoyemi 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot .If you are not serious,you would not be able to loss fat with excersice.As you said ,one need a DVD to explain the process and getting it right.

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, myownworld! :) It is sooooo important to do both. A lot of people do get confused about this! I think a lot of men think cardio is more of a 'chick thing', but everyone needs to do it!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Am glad you stressed the importance of cardio workout for over all fat loss. I see overweight people lifting weights and doing press ups in the gym, without adding cardio to it, and complaining why it's not working for them. Another superb hub! :)

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Great information. I've been debating if I should get the Winsor Pilates DVD's ... I think I'll take the plunge ;)

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      you're welcome! Good luck with your plateau, I know how difficult those can be! Try changing up your exercise routine and see if that helps.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Girly_girl09, thanks for your information. I dropped almost 20 pounds last year, but I've plateaued and I'm trying to lose weight again. I have 10-15 pounds to go to get where I want to be--wish me luck!

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      Hi Caleb, thanks for stopping by! Hope it helped. :)

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      Caleb Andrew 7 years ago

      Hey girly girl -

      Good post. I like it. I need to go back and read the entire series. This is a good overview to help get some one thinking about what steps to begin with it. Not too in-depth, which is important for a novice. Good Job!

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      Wesley 8 years ago

      Don't forget to drinks lots and lots of water. That is another key to loosing weight.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi girly girl! I find this to be so true. Exercise calls for discipline. And if you inject fun into the whole thing, it becomes a happy discipline. To a slimmer us!!! :)

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Trust me, I definitely know how that is!!!...It is so hard to get into a pattern. I find that if you can stick with it every day for two weeks, it gets a lot easier after that. Best of luck to you! :)

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      genjen13 8 years ago

      Great topic, I am trying to lose weight right now, I use to work out all the time after having my daughter and fell into a slump. Its so hard to get started again but I am determined to be in shape again.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Hi Tae Tae, It sounds like you don't need to lose any weight, rather increase muscle to help tone your body. Your weight sounds quite normal for your height. So, instead of focusing on weight loss, I'd recommend focusing on exercising to help build muscle which will give you a more toned look. Any cardio exercises are great, but you definitely want to do some strength resistance, toning workouts. Pilates is my favorite for this (it's very relaxing and results are really fast), but, lifting light weights can also help. If you can, get a gym membership (if you have a Planet Fitness in your area, you can sign up super cheap) and learn how to use their fitness machines for strength training to tone your muscles for your desired look. Good luck! :)

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      Tae Tae 8 years ago

      Girly girl...I need some help. I'm 5'6 weighing 162. I want to lose fat and I worked hard this week but I don't have a scale to know if I am losing or not. I think I have some back fat on me and I REALLY want to lose it, also along with my butt, thighs and arms. What would be good to do? What cardio exercises should I do? Thank you!

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      you're welcome - I hope this helps you out! :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Since I'm always trying to lose weight, article such as these are of immense interest to me. Thanks, I am going to bookmark your articles. I am a fan!

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      Joel Marison 8 years ago from Singapore

      DVD is actually great course for home training. Thanks for that.

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      lafenty 8 years ago from California

      I would really like to know why it is so easy to put on weight and so hard to take it off. I have just recently started in on an exercise program. Haven't see a drop on the scale yet, but I feel better. Nice series of hubs.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      very true. I couldn't believe all the google searches that are done for things like "lose 30 pounds in a week", "lose five pounds in a day". Yeah right! Not only would that be unhealthy, it is impossible!

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Nice Hub! Unrealistic Expections is one thing which make many people give up easily on their weight loss plans. Even if they might have put the additional weight over a period of 5 years many want to cut it off within a month!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Another hub full of great tips. Thanks girly_girl.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      You're welcome! I originally thought I'd just have one hub on the topic, but once I got writing I had so much I thought it was necessary to split it into three parts. :) Thanks for taking the time to read them all and I'm glad the info is helpful to you!

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      R Burow 8 years ago from Florida, United States

      girly_girl09, I read the entire series. All very good and needed information. Weight gain is easy, but losing weight is not. Your hubs make it doable, Thanks.