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Wise Up and Slim DownHow to lose 10 pounds and keep it off… Permanently!

by Tom Bonanti

Losing weight is a national obsession, and not just among vain, self-absorbed queens. With over half the population overweight, dropping five or 50 pounds is a necessary goal for many. Yet, too few people accomplish this task successfully. Most lose a few pounds for awhile, but eventually gain them back and then some.

Whether you want to lose weight to improve your health or simply want to drive all the men crazy with a smaller, skimpier swimsuit, here are some major pointers that will insure your success. Remember to check with your physician before beginning a weight loss program.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Your body needs calories early in the day when you’re busy and active, not at night when you’re ready to crash. Never go to bed on a full stomach – it’s disastrous for your sleep and your waistline. And by a royal breakfast, I don’t mean lard omelets and a side of bacon. Keep it low fat. Remember to eat low glycemic index carbs like whole grains and fruits for energy, and plenty of protein to feed your muscles.

Try interval training. This is a wonderful and simple blend of aerobic and anaerobic work. The way I like to do it is to perform a couple of sets of light to moderate squats – anaerobic strength training – then take a brisk run around the block outside the gym – aerobic training. I follow this with sets of push-ups and then perform several sets of walking lunges around the parking lot. Interval training allows you to be creative and spontaneous. It is a more efficient way to burn fat and it should take you no more than 30 to 45 minutes.

Drink plenty of water. Water helps you feel full, and is good for flushing out your system. Fruit drinks, soft drinks, and coffee don’t count as your eight glasses of water a day. Sports drinks, like soda, are loaded with extra sugar and sweeteners you don’t need unless you’re running a marathon. There’s no substitute for good, clean water.

Fresh Fit and Healthy Divert yourself when you crave bad foods – like when you’re stressed, depressed, pissed-off or all of the above. Get out of the house and take a walk. Have sex. Get a massage. Go on Grindr. Do anything that’ll take your mind off of junk food and needless binge eating.

Finally, reduce lifestyle barriers that make weight-loss impossible. Thank about your lifestyle and how your behaviors and choices help or hinder you. Do you pack a nutritious lunch and healthy snacks to take to work instead of eating from a vending machine? Do you say “yes” too often to a mean-ass boss who you’ll never please anyway? Do you need to dump that unemployed, self-entitled diva you call a boyfriend?

It’s your body and your life. You can either, sit back and be an angry, whiney, fat victim, or you can take a stand and make choices that’ll keep you healthy, fit, and fabulous.

















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