With each milestone birthday life seems to get just a bit more complicated.
When we hit 20 most of us were suddenly faced with being truly responsible for our own lives for the first time. We were out of our parent’s home, working to pay our own bills and trying to learn how to be a responsible adult.
When we reached 30 many of us were starting our own families and taking on increased duties at work, perhaps adding a house payment and childcare to our list of growing responsibilities.
And then there are our 40’s and 50’s when many of us begin to experience the role reversal of helping to care for our parents as they enter their golden years. With stress levels shooting through the roof, and eating meals on the go as we try to get everything done, it’s a particularly tough time to remember to take care of your own health.
It’s really no wonder that so many of us gain weight and find it nearly impossible to shed those extra pounds.
I know it’s easy to feel discouraged, but I promise you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can turn things around, reclaim your health, and lose the weight by applying three simple—but powerful—secrets to your own life.
Lose 3 Sizes in 30 Days Secret #1: The Food Journal
You don’t have to follow the latest fad diet to drop those extra pounds. Believe it or not the simple act of keeping track of every bit of food that passes your lips can help you lose more weight.
In fact, keeping a food journal can help you lose twice as much weight, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In one of the largest and longest running studies on weight loss maintenance researchers say that those folks who wrote down what they ate doubled their weight loss.
Lead researcher, Dr. Jack Hollis, gave us a clue why this method is so effective. When asked about the findings he said, “The more food records people kept, the more weight they lost. Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories.”
Looking for an even easier way to put this weight loss secret to work for you?
Grab your cell phone and snap pics of all your snacks and meals. A recent study found this photo trick helps you shed the weight faster too.
For some extra incentive post the pics online. You’re FAR less to overeat with your friends and family helping you to keep tabs on your intake.
Lose 3 Sizes in 30 Days Secret #2: Short Burst Intentional Exercise
I get it, time is at a premium these days. That’s why secret #2 is so great.
Many of us don’t have time for a two hour gym session, but most of us can squeeze in a few minutes of “intentional” exercise in our own homes. Commit to a short, but focused, workout every single day… even if you’re still in your PJ’s… and you will find those stubborn pounds start to fade away.
Just pick a few exercises that match your current fitness level and get started. Four to 10 minutes of intentional exercise daily should do the trick.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten some exercise you can start with something easier like my “Fat Burning Off-Day Workout.”
And if you’re a bit more fit, but still fighting off the weight gain, my quick “Bodyweight Cardio Workout” (follow along with the video below) might be more your speed.
Lose 3 Sizes in 30 Days Secret #2: Drop the Pounds by Drinking
No, not that kind of drinking. I’m talking about water.
According to research conducted at Virginia Tech University, downing just two measly cups of water before a meal will help you shed the pounds faster.
But I propose you turbo-charge this weight-loss trick with a twist. Stir a single scoop of protein powder into your water (or try almond milk for variety) and down it a half hour before dinner.
This trick doesn’t only slay sugar cravings and help you eat less (both of which it does beautifully), it also give your body the fat-burning protein it craves.
No matter how complicated your life has become… no matter how much stress you’re dealing with… and no matter your age if you start using these three powerful secrets today you can lose three pant sizes within the next 30 days.
Craig’s fat loss, muscle-building website TurbulenceTraining.com features his best-selling Turbulence Training for Fat Loss program and TTmembers.com offers access to all of Craig’s Turbulence Training workouts and video clips (for men, women, mass-building, athletes, and bodyweight-only workouts).
Craig also has an advanced research background, completing a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Craig continues to study the latest training, supplementation, and nutrition research that will help improve client’s health and wellness as well as their physical and mental performance.
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