In order to lose one pound of weight, you need to cut 3500 calories fom the food you eat for the week, or 500 calories every day.
The other way to lose weight: burn calories.
Here are some ways to burn 100 calories, for someone who weighs about 150 pounds:
10 Minutes Jump rope continuously
15 Minutes Paint walls
Swim some laps
Walk up stairs
20 Minutes Rake leaves
Wash the car
Take a slow bike ride
Take a brisk walk
Spend 20 minutes on an elliptical or treadmill
Put up holiday lights
Do some dancing
Wondering how many calories you're burning? See this calculator: http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html
- Take weight loss slowly, don't do any 'fad diets' where you eat nothing but cabbage or one that doesn't include a major food group.
- Losing one or maybe 2 pounds a week is perfectly fine---that's between 5 and 8 pounds in a month.
- You can eat a bit of everything. Forbidding a food is just asking you to 'cheat.'
- Watch the way you use words---'skinny' and 'thin' really refer to people who are not a healthy weight. You're trying to be healthy, feel better, and make it easier for your heart to work, not go to extremes to be underweight. Work on a sensible body image while you're learning to eat better and move your body.
- Make new eating habits you're not going to abandon once you've lost weight.
- Regular soda has 100 calories and 27 grams of sugar, about 8 teaspooonsful (or more). Diet soda has 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar. If you typically drink 3 cans of soda in a day, you could cut out 300 calories a day (and 24 spoonsful of sugar!!) simply by switching to diet soda. That's 9000 calories in a 30 day month.