In Spring of 2009Oxygen Magazine introduced a wildly popular (and somewhat controversial) plan to lose 10 pounds in 21 days. The 1200 calories/day meal plan is a modified plan introduced in 2003 by Phillip L. Goglia, Ph.D. and founder of Performance Fitness Concepts in Santa Monica, California.  Keeping reading for details on the plan!

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Find your “Why”: Set your goal and determine your commitment level. If you don’t know why you’re committing to this plan or if you’re not doing it for yourself, you’re more likely to fail.

Hydrate: Drink at least 64 oz. of water a day and eliminate all other sugary drinks. Some of our tricks for getting more water include drinking flavored seltzer or putting lemons in a fruit infusion pitcher. Click here for our favorite pitcher.

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Eat Well-Timed Meals: Eating every 3-4 hours a day is crucial for maintaining your metabolism at its peak.  Start your morning with a balanced breakfast to wake up your metabolism and then time your meals from there.

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Eliminate Certain Foods Rather Than Restricting Calories: It’s better to focus on what kind of foods to eliminate rather than how much to eliminate.  Begin by cutting back on anything that’s processed. If its not a food you recognize or it took more than 5 ingredients to make then you shouldn’t eat it.

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Limit Fruit Intake: Watch out for the fruits! They are nutrient dense but the sugar is something else we should focus on cutting back during these 30 days.  Think of berries when consuming fruits and limit it to two servings a day.

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Create a Well Balanced Plate: When planning your meals, you want to make sure you always have a protein option, a healthy fat and plenty of non-starchy vegetables.  Avoid having ‘fat-free’ items.

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So there you have it. It won’t be easy, but it isn’t impossible! Keep in mind that if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  Give it a try, you have nothing to lose (but 10 pounds) and let us know how you did!