Lose One Easy Pound per Week Starting This Holiday Season

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Dec 9 2014 - 2:06am
Losing one pound per week

Here are the latest tips on how to lose one easy pound per week starting this holiday season that can add up to a significant body change by the next beach season.

In a recent issue of The Huffington Post, health correspondent Dr. Andrea Pennington - a.k.a. “The Conscious Empowerment Doctor” - offers tips on how to make weight loss work without feeling food-deprived while preventing seasonal weight gain.

According to Dr. Pennington:

One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. So, to lose 1 pound of fat, you must create a 3,500-calorie deficit. The easiest way to do this is to decrease your caloric intake and increase your physical activity at the same time. If you want to lose a pound per week you simply eat 500 less calories than usual or increase your physical activity by 500 calories per day. (500 calories x 7 days = 3500 calories = 1 pound).

However, recently it was pointed out that weight loss math does not always add or subtract so easily. Especially since your metabolic rate can and does change when your body starts taking in fewer calories than it used to. A recently recommended number is 300 calories per day that will do more for weight loss than 500 calories per day.

Still, the basic idea here is to incorporate small changes that do add up that will allow you to lose 1 pound every week―and still eat get to eat most of your favorite foods.

The following is summary of a few of her tips and some useful related links to supplement her advice.

Weight loss tip #1: Is ice cream your weakness?

Dr. Pennington recommends foregoing the full-fat stuff and reduce gradually with sorbet or low-carb ice cream instead. With a 1-cup serving, you can save yourself 100 calories and still get to indulge in your ice cream weakness.

However, don't buy big cartons of sorbet or low-carb ice cream. If you do you are more likely to wind up being enticed to eat it every day and regain that 100 calories (or more) right back. Moderation is key, so allow yourself this treat only every couple of weeks.

Weight loss tip #2: Addicted to soda?

Soda is probably the biggest diet killer of all―tons of sugar calories and nothing that will lessen your hunger. But don’t think that diet soda gets you off the hook. In his Rapid Weight Loss in 2 Weeks Diet plan, Dr. Oz says that foods laced with artificial sweeteners—like diet sodas—have to be eliminated. Especially since studies show that artificial sweeteners can actually lead to weight gain.

Dr. Pennington points out that by simply substituting water for soda with lunch or dinner, you can eliminate 150 calories without batting an eye. If plain water is…well…too plain, then go for a lemon or lime wedge and some ice for more flavor. At the very least for those of us who are truly addicted to soda, try drinking only half as much soda or add more ice cubes to your cup.

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Weight loss tip #3: Find popcorn appealing?

Another one of Dr. Oz’s favorite snacks, popcorn is great as a replacement for those high-calorie snacks or Christmas cookies. Avoid the high-salt, high-fat prepackaged stuff and try popping your own popcorn at home. Dr. Pennington says popcorn can shave inches from your waistline since it is rich in fiber and selenium―essential elements for weight success.

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