High school reunions can be fun and fulfilling, but they can also be stressful. Have you kind of let yourself go since you’ve seen your classmates last? If so, fear not, it is possible for you to get back to your high school weight, or as close to it as possible, and do it in as little as 30 days.
Of course, the key is to stick to the following five methods for at least a full 30 days and not wavering on your resolve. If you can do this, you will be able to walk into your high school reunion looking like a million bucks and have all your old classmates wonder how you stayed looking so good after all these years.
Method 1: Hydrate Like Never Before – So many people only drink water when they are extremely thirsty. This is a big mistake. You must include water in your daily nutrition regimen and do so in a big way.
To get the full benefit of this method you will need to drink at least one gallon of water each day. You can accelerate the results that water will bring by increasing that number to two gallons spread throughout the day. When you ingest this much water daily you will help yourself feel fuller, as well as enjoy a whole host of beneficial side effects, like toxin cleansing which speeds up your metabolism and proper joint lubrication. Water is a wonder and needs to be consumed…a lot.
Method 2: Cut the Sodium – According to the American Heart Association, you only need 1,000 mg of sodium for every 1,000 calories in your diet. Yet, if you look at the labels of your favorite foods, you’ll see that you are likely ingesting far more than you need to be. This is all before you even pick up that salt shaker.
An intake of excessive sodium is not only unhealthy, but it can actually make you look bigger than you are. That’s because too much sodium will make you retain water and give you that puffy look. So, skip eating that processed goodie that is high in sodium or reaching for your salt shaker as you eat. Instead, look for low sodium alternatives, stick within your sodium range, and if all else fails, drink more water.
Method 3: Start with Exercise – People tend to put on excess body fat because they take in too many calories. The human body only needs so many calories for energy and when you eat excessively that means those extra calories just sit there and eventually turn into body fat.
You can turn this all around by first making sure your daily caloric intake is where it should be and then by starting each day off with some cardiovascular exercise. That might mean getting up earlier than normal so you can work out before breakfast, but the benefits of this method will see your body turn into a burning machine that will seek out calories to fuel its fire.
Method 4: Make Your Body Efficient – By properly timing a resistance training workout you can cause your body to become an efficient calorie smoldering machine even more so than when you just do cardiovascular work in the morning by itself.
After your last meal of the day you should wait 60 minutes and then do 30 minutes of resistance training. Intense is best, but moderate makes for a good start. Focus on working your lower body and your legs as this will help make your body’s metabolism as efficient as possible. Add to that some pushups and core work and you’ve got a winning combination.
This should be done at least four to five times each week in 30 minute intervals. At the end of each resistance workout you should refuel your body with a good protein shake so that your body can get the nutrients it needs to repair the muscles. Just be sure it is not loaded with too much sugar and go for the highest grams of protein you can find.
Keep in mind that this is in addition to your morning cardiovascular workouts. Don’t skip your AM workouts as that will prove counterproductive.
Method 5: Pick Protein Over Sugar – A little known secret about proteins is that they make the body work extra hard in order to burn them. That extra work means more calories being burned. So, in theory, you will burn through more calories when your diet consists of a lot of proteins, even if you are not active whatsoever.
Here’s where it gets tricky. You can’t simply add more protein to your regular diet as that would mean adding more calories. So, you need to replace something in your everyday diet with protein, sort of a calorie switch. The most logical place to look then is with sugars. This doesn’t mean to go carbohydrate free, but you can certainly cut out the kind of carbohydrates that come from sugary snacks that are not good for you anyway.
“4 Bes” to Emphasis
You can lose the weight you want for your high school reunion and it can happen in as little as 30 days. However, if you do wish to be successful at your undertaking then you have to focus and really have emphasis on the “4 Bes” which are as follows:
- Be Consistent. You have to use the five methods every day with no cheating.
- Be Active. You have to work out, no ifs ands or butts about it.
- Be Wary. Monitor all that you eat and when you eat and be sure you are ingesting the good things instead of the bad.
- Be Patient. Don’t expect the weight to fall off over night. Just be consistent and hold up your end of the bargain and you will start to see that excess weight come off in time for your high school reunion.