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How Can I Quickly Lose Ten Pounds?

Updated on August 6, 2020
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I have a BA in history and creative writing and an MA in history. I enjoy politics, movies, television, poker, video games, and trivia.


Dieting Doesn't Work

How do you lose weight, keep the pounds off and stay healthy? Everybody wants an easy fix, but there are no easy fixes when it comes to weight-loss.

Dieting doesn't work. Look it up. Some astronomical amount of people who go on diets end up gaining the weight back. That's because diets are, by definition, temporary. If you want to go on a diet to fit into a wedding dress, fine. If you're on a diet for sustained weight-loss and better health, you're on the wrong plan.

Ultimately, I want to make one thing clear. There's only one formula that leads to sustained weight-loss and it's this: calories out > calories in. Anybody who says otherwise to you is, at best, uninformed, and at worst, intentionally misleading and ignorant.

Although I've already written a four-part hub on weight-loss that's pretty easy to follow, I wanted to provide a short hub on the one thing that I think can lead to permanent weight-loss for those battling weight problems and the one thing I believe is pretty easy to do. Success with this item is predicated on an important factor and that's not consuming additional calories as a result of participating in this activity. Please remember that because it's true with any exercise. Many people exercise then eat more. Although they end up being more fit, they do not lose weight.

The reason that this suggestion has a good success rate is that you will not likely have as great an opportunity to consume more calories because you will be otherwise occupied. So here's your prescriptive, single easy step, for sustained weight-loss.

Park your car at least 20 minutes from where you work and walk or bike the rest of the way.

I have no doubt that several of you just read that sentence and said to yourselves "what kind of idiot is this guy?" or "Could you be more obvious?" I don't care. This works and it's pretty easy (as weight-loss things go) to do. After all, you're already going to work. It's just a matter of getting up a little earlier. It just doesn't take that much effort. This extra exercise, provided that it's done briskly, will get your heart-rate up enough for an aerobic benefit assuming it requires effort in both directions. Although you won't see results immediately, I can just about guarantee that within nine months to a year, you'll start seeing the difference. This, of course, is assuming you don't consume additional calories to compensate for the ones you burn.

I know one of the deterrents to this plan involves climate and the fact that many of you will be all sweaty when you get to work. Certainly, that's a problem if you bike. If you try the walking plan, hopefully you're not too hot when you get to work. Still, if you can find some place to shower or wash up, you'll benefit greatly. And even if you only do it on the way home by getting off at a bus stop that's 20 minutes from your house, it'll have the same effect and just take a bit longer.

Ultimately, this plan involves trying to get twenty to forty minutes of aerobic exercise a day without consuming extra calories. I've just offered one, easy way to do that and it will work for most people because it's something you can easily fit into your daily routine. There are many others. Give one a try and you'll see the positive results long-term. It's something you can do for the rest of your life that will change your life.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Allen Donald


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