One of my mom's friends asked me the other day, "How can I lose 20 pounds in a month". Summer's rounding the corner and weight-loss seems to be on everyone's mind. Fast weight loss I should say. It seems that most people worry about their weight too late, so they look for fast solutions to get the body they want. It's probably why most people never leave the vicious diet cycle.
But don't feel discouraged yet, there are many ways to lose 20 pounds in a month. But first I want to clarify something. I never endorse "time period" diets. The fourteen day diet is just one of the new time period diets that seem to be gathering a lot of attention. Author of those books come up with those names to sell books, not because they care about your weight loss.
Losing weight is a lifetime commitment. Think about it, what happens when you end a diet? Can you just start eating like you used to and hope you won't gain weight again? Of course not, it would be silly to even consider that. Yet most people never look at it that way. So these are not only tips to lose 20 pounds in a month, but they are lifestyle changes that you can easily apply for the rest of your life.
Tip 1: Water?
Water is the most important part of any success diet plan (especially if you want to lose 20 pounds in only a month). Using water the right way can be ten times more effective than the thousands of diet pills out there. The weird things about water is everyone has heards it's good for weight loss, but we seems to throw it off to the sidelines. Whether it's because we just forget, or think it too simple to work, I'm not really sure. But what I am sure about is if you want to learn how to lose 20 pounds in a month, you need to learn how to include water into your daily routine.
Why it Works?
Water works in many ways to get you a slim body. Firstly it keeps you full and free from hunger cravings. Most of the time we feel hungry, were actually just dehydrated. Water also helps improve kidney function, which puts less stress of your liver (that has to pick up the slack of an overworked kidney). This allows your liver to focus on its duties, including burning your fat reserves for energy.
Tip 2: Lower how much fat your body stores
"We can do this!?", my mom's friend yelled out. "We sure can!", I told her. We've all heard of blood insulin right? When we eat foods with too much sugar, we cause our insulin levels to rise, promoting fat storage. I now, sounds frustrating, but if our bodies didn't do this, we could actually die from having too much sugar in our bloodstream (hence the problem with type 1 diabetes).
So by keeping your sugar intake to a minimum, your body will convert far less calories into fat and you'll have a greater chance of losing 20 pounds in a month.
But what if you just can't live without sugar? Easy, get a container of agave nectar. Agave nectar comes from the same plant that produces tequila (don't worry there no alcohol in it), and look like maple syrup or honey.
But unlike maple syrup and honey (and especially processed white sugar!) is that agave does not affect your blood insulin levels. Pretty cool right?
If you want to learn more tips to lose 20 pounds in a month (some taken from ancient cavemen), continue reading here: How to Lose 20 Pounds in a Month (Part 2).