Ideally, we would all be able to see a weight loss specialist to give us a plan to slim down gradually.
However, not all of us are that lucky. There are also occasions where we may want to lose weight more rapidly to look great for a special event or because we want to look fit for summer.
For these types of cases, we’d like to offer you a few strategies that you can use to get an hourglass figure in just 30 days.
First the mind, then the body
Whenever we make changes in our lives, we need to be mentally prepared, especially when it comes to physical fitness. It’s important to stay motivated in order to have the discipline needed to reach your goals.
For that, we recommend doing a few internal dialogue exercises each day: Talk with yourself every day and remember why you’re doing it, how badly you want to reach your goal and how much satisfaction you’ll get out of the results.
See also: 7 Exercises to Burn Belly Fat
Run or walk for at least an hour a day. When trying to drop a pant size, aerobic exercise is ideal for this goal.
Because it’s low intensity exercise over a long duration, you’ll need more oxygen and will burn more fat.
- In addition to running or walking, you could combine these exercises with swimming or cycling.
- What’s most important is that you choose something that appeals to your personal tastes as this will have a big influence on your motivation and willingness to keep it up.
- Don’t forget to stay hydrated.
Because we’re talking about an hourglass figure in a month, set aside some time for exercise, always within healthy limits.
How to eat right to lose weight in 30 days
1. Say goodbye to sugar
Sugar may make foods taste good, but there’s a lot more to food than just tasting good. Despite containing no nutritional value, the high amount of calories it contains promotes fat storage.
In addition, it’s really difficult to eliminate from the body as it stays in your system for a long time, slowing your metabolism.
2. One food, one ingredient
Each dish should contain only one main ingredient, preferably a vegetable or organic eggs.
If you choose fish, opt for cold water fish and cook it as little as possible. To learn how, we have lots of recipes to choose from as this kind of food is really popular, especially in Japan.
3. Adios, red meat! Hello, lean
Red meat has too much fat and extra calories, making it impossible to burn off the fat we need for the perfect hourglass figure.
You should probably forget about eating red meat, at least during the length of this diet. Also choose organic veggies or fish over chicken, because chicken contains more fat that could prevent you from reaching your goal in 30 days.
4. Flavor is important: look up recipes
Even though we’re going to be eating smaller quantities, that doesn’t mean we have to give up the pleasures of eating altogether. That’s a sure way to lose your motivation for good.
In addition to coconut oil, there are other condiments like cinnamon and other spices to give your recipes flavor so you can still enjoy your food.
5. Good and bad types of fat
Not all fats will cause you to gain weight. On the contrary, there are some that can actually help you achieve that hourglass figure. The “bad ones” are:
- Foods made with GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
- Animal fats (specifically that of red meat)
- Saturated fats
The good fats are found in horticultural products from organic crops and processed products like olive oil.
6. Eat 5 small meals throughout the day
This is really important: if you don’t eat 5 small meals each day, your metabolism will slow down to conserve energy. Fat is stored as a preventative measure should our next meal not come.
However, if we accustom our digestive system to receiving food regularly, the digestion process will be able to begin much sooner and your body won’t try to store food as fat if it knows it will get another meal soon.
You have some hard work ahead of you, but with these guidelines to help, it will make it a lot easier.
Are you ready to take on the challenge?