How To: Lose two pounds per week

Lose two pounds per week

Shed extra weight safely and effectively with these tips.

You Will Need
* Exercise
* Water
* A high-fiber, low-calorie diet
* Smaller portions
* Breakfast

WARNING: Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or diet plan.

Step 1: Reduce calorie intake
Reduce your calorie intake. One pound of fat contains approximately 3,500 calories. To lose two pounds per week, you will have to burn or decrease your daily calorie intake by 1,000 calories.

Step 2: Exercise
Exercise for 30 minutes a day to burn calories and build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.

Step 3: Drink water
Drink plenty of cold water. It helps increase your metabolism. Six to eight glasses a day is recommended.

Avoid drinking high-calorie sugary beverages such as sodas, juice, sports drinks, and alcoholic beverages, which contribute to weight gain.

Step 4: Eat fruits and vegetables
Eat a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Choose foods high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and grains to help you feel full longer.

Step 5: Limit portions
Watch your food portions, especially with foods high in calories and fat.

When dining out, ask your server to portion half your meal in a to-go container so you're not tempted to overeat.

Step 6: Eat breakfast

Eat breakfast. It gives you energy, jumpstarts your metabolism, and helps keep you from overeating later in the day.

Fact: Being overweight puts you at a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

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