Ah, the holy grail of healthy living. Is it possible to lose 10 pounds in 30 days and still be healthy? You bet your soon-to-be-in-your-skinny-jeans-booty it is! Recently, I went public with two transformation goals: the first was a quest to get back into my skinny jeans, and the second is a 90 day transformation contest sponsored by Lifetime Fitness, that I am hoping will motivate me to get into my “pre-babies” skinny jeans.
Of course the big-picture plan is to be a healthy and fit mom forever. But it is also healthy to set small, concrete and challenging goals. This will force you to get out of your comfort zone and try some things you normally wouldn’t.
The truth is, what I am about to share with you is NOT meant for the long-term. Losing 10 pounds in 30 days requires a strict clean living lifestyle and a strong motivation. Did I say strict? I meant STRICT. I did a lot of research on this topic and spoke with veteran nutritionists and personal trainers and they couldn’t stress this enough.
Oxygen Magazine introduced a wildly popular (and somewhat controversial) plan to lose 10 pounds in 21 days in their Spring 2009 Issue. This meal plan was a modified plan introduced in 2003 by Phillip L. Goglia, Ph.D. and founder of Performance Fitness Concepts in Santa Monica, California. He should know about quick weight loss as he is accredited to getting many film and TV actresses ready for their starring role. The downside to this meal plan is that you have to significantly curb your workouts because you will only be consuming 1200 calories a day which is the minimum recommended for just living! This may sound like a vacation for some of you, but be warned, although you may lose the 10 pounds or more, you will probably lose some muscle. The upside is that you might reignite your metabolism for maximum fat-burning potential. This can be very helpful if you are finding yourself at a plateau.
Having my “why” set, I needed to learn some clear-cut guidelines on how to embark on such an intense short-term goal. So, I sat down with Arianny so she could give me her no-fail strategy for losing 10 pounds in 30 days. (*Note- she does not set a calorie limit but instead recommends eating enough calories to fuel your lifestyle and workout regimen).
1. Find your “Why”: Set your goal and determine your commitment level.
2. Hydrate!: Drink plenty of water, gradually increasing your intake. If you don’t drink any water, start with 8-12 ounces a day, or add 8 more ounces to what you’re already consuming. Eliminate all other sugary drinks. Eventually you want to consume at least 64oz of water every day. (Some of my personal tricks for getting more water include drinking flavored seltzer or putting lemons in a fruit infusion pitcher. I use this one here) (photo credit)
“Keeping the weight off is about consistency. Yes, you have lost the 10 pounds in 30 days but can you hang in there for 2-4 more weeks so your body is comfortable at this new weight? It takes about 4-6 weeks for your body to adapt to these kind of changes and for your results to really show. That’s where the challenge really lies, not in losing the weight but giving your body time to adapt to its new body weight. If you focus on changing your metabolism and making your body more efficient at burning fat rather than just losing a couple of pounds, then there shouldn’t be a concern about gaining the weight back soon after you lose it. Unless, of course, you just go off the deep end and become a couch potato and eat calorie dense foods… that’s another story. This is why, especially for women, it is important to emphasize building & retaining muscles so your body can become a fat burning machine. This way when you have a girls night out or are celebrating your kid’s birthday and your diet slips a bit, you don’t have to worry about gaining 5 lbs overnight. You have trained your body to use those calories as energy and not store it as fat, plus, your body is now comfortable at its new body weight–10 pounds lighter!”
Arianny Washington, NASM-CPT graduated from William Paterson University. She discovered her love for running her senior year in high school, where her fitness journey began. In college she learned how to lift weights for the first time where she decided to further her education with exercise physiology courses while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has been a personal trainer for 9 years and finds joy in helping others change their lives through health & fitness, specializing in functional training, corrective exercise and weight loss coaching. Her own training regimen consists of running, strength training and Yoga. During her free time she loves spending time with her 2 year old baby girl, her husband and trying out new recipes.