How Can I Lose 15 Pounds?

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Charlene Dawson Profile
Charlene Dawson answered
There are lots of things that you can do to reach your target weight and fitness goals. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Drink more water. I know this is a pretty common one to hear, but it works. It helps flush out your system and gives your body the hydration it needs. If you continue to drink more water, your body will release all the water it is holding onto. You should lose a few pounds of water weight.
  • Build some muscle. Muscles burn calories. That is just how they work. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn without doing anything. Weight training is a great way to burn calories also because of how much effort it generally takes. And you'll feel great with a more toned body.
  • Get your heart pumping. Depending on your fitness level, make sure to get in at least 3 cardio workouts a week. You can either go on a long walk or run, or enjoy a fitness class at your local gym. Whatever you decide to do for your cardio, make sure that you enjoy it. Many people don't realize that exercise can and should be fun. With so many options for cardio, no one should ever be bored by their workout routine.
  • Get plenty of sleep. When you don't get enough sleep, your body is more stressed out. When your body is stressed, it tends to hold onto fat. By getting enough sleep and trying not to stress out over life will help your body shed the extra weight.
  • Get all the nutrients you need. This is usually easier said than done. It is so difficult to try and get all the nutrients we are supposed to have every day. So, eat what you can, and then take a customized vitamin. Code Nutrition is a company that specializes in that. They take a DNA sample from you and match the right blend of vitamins for your body. This way, you can be sure that you are getting exactly what your body needs to stay healthy and happy.
Good luck!
Jo Bechtloff Profile
Jo Bechtloff answered
I have lost 20 lbs since march 15th the best way i know is to stop drinking pop i go for at least 2 walks a day for the first 2 weeks to get started i didn't eat any junk eat 3 meals a day a lot of water and don't eat after 7 then after the first 2 weeks if i wanted junk food it is better to eat it early in day so you have a chance to work it off afternoon or evening it will just sit there and add more fat to your body it started off being 3-5 lbs for the first couple weeks then went down from there but in 3 months i was back down to where i was before i had kids basically eating right and exercise i hope this helps
Sandi Ann Profile
Sandi Ann answered
Start out running n then increase your distance and time each day.. It sucks I know but it's really the only fastest way ..+ drink lots of water=]
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
To lose weight....take stock in what changes you can make in your life...cut out regular soda if you drink it (preferably by going cold turkey, and you can always add diet soda back in later--and diet will actually taste good when you start out after being off soda for about a month.  Or do my rule of 3--if you have a craving for an afternoon or evening snack, ignore the first day you get the craving, the second craving, tell yourself that you are still going to hold out one more day.....the third craving, allow yourself to have your snack. 
 
start an exercise program....ANYTHING will work, as long as you enjoy it.  Preferable two types of exercise so you can alternate what you're doing.  yes, walking is a great form of exercise.  Start out slow--two days a week for 15 minutes each day.  Then after two weeks, either add a third day or increase to 20 minutes a day.and then every two weeks, increase by either the frequency or the duration.  Soon, you will be up to doing (and enjoying) at least 30 minutes or even longer of exercise.  Don't start too fast--you'll get burnt out, and don't do things you aren't exactly thrilled about because then it will be like work and you won't want to do it.  So, for instance, if you don't like running, don't use running as your exercise. 
 
don't think of losing weight as a diet but a lifestyle modification.  you have to want it bad enough that you're willing to do anything....so any modification you make, ask yourself if you're willing to make the change on a permanent basis.  If the answer is no, don't make the change.  If you can't motivate yourself to change your life permanently, you don't want the change badly enough.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Truly, the doctors recently told me that walking is the best way to do this, because there is less impact on the joints, and if you walk at a good pace, then you will lose the weight in a safe manner, and will manage to keep the weight off that way too. Hope this helps you out love.
thanked the writer.
Jacquelyn Mathis
Jacquelyn Mathis commented
Not a work out, she has gained weight and there might be a medical reason for it. She really needs a dietitian.
Christy Muller Profile
Christy Muller answered

The way to lose 15 pounds is through sustaining a caloric deficit over time.

First, you're going to need to figure out your maintenance calories.

Your body requires a certain amount of calories to maintain it's current
weight (body weight in lbs x 15)...so if you were 150 pounds, that would be
150x15 = 2,250 calories/day.

To lose 1 pound you need to be in a deficit of 3,500 calories.  So if
you ate 500 calories less than this 2,250 each day (1,750 cals/day) you would
lose 1 pound each week.

Couple that with 1 hour of cardio each day (500 calories burned/h on
average)..you'll burn another 1 pound a week.

You could drop as low as 1,200 calories/day as a woman or 1,500/day as a man to lose at a faster rate, but this info alone is enough to get you going.

Of course you're going to have to start tracking your calories and weighing your food, this is a necessity that a lot of people skip when trying to lose weight.  But really, you get what you put into this endeavor, so you might as well do it properly if you're going to do it.

Stick to eating veggies/lean mats/fruits/oatmeal/brown rice/egg whites/no fat cottage cheese/yogurt  and other 'healthy' foods.

Limit your processed food intake as processed foods, apart from being unhealthy are calorie dense, which makes it harder for you to feel full/satisfied while on a diet.

This should get you off to a good start...if you need a more structured diet/regimen, you can find more info here.

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