Quick weight loss in just eight weeks — part 1

Shape up in two months

Losing weight  for a specific occasion,whether it’s going abroad, a wedding or a special party, can do wonders for your body — and your self esteem. Alternatively you might be looking for a quick hit to kick-start you on the health and fitness front and leave you looking in great shape. Whatever your goal, an eight week plan can deliver decent results.

 If you’re looking to shape up at speed with a target date ahead, try the realbuzz.com quick weight loss plan designed to:

  • Help you lose between 0.5 and 0.75st (3-4.75kg or 7-10.5lb) in body fat
  • Improve your cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve all over body tone
  • Help you look and feel good
  • Set up a routine that you’ll want to continue with

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t and it’s genuinely achievable — the results are there for the taking providing that you are ready to go for it and make a weight loss commitment over the next eight weeks.

The realbuzz.com plan focuses on three core areas:

  • Simple healthy eating strategies
  • Cardiovascular exercise that you can fit into your day
  • Resistance training to tone up those problem areas

Before you begin your weight loss plan


One important point before you lace up your training shoes, if you have not exercised for any length of time, or have any medical conditions or if you are at all unsure about beginning an exercise program, consult your doctor first to get the all-clear before you start.

Planning your exercise and nutrition program


Before you rush headlong into your new exercise and nutrition program, take a little time out to plan ahead — what you want to achieve, where you will find the time, whom you will involve, who can help you, etc., so that you and those close to you have some buy-in. Set yourself a target date, with some small milestones along the way to measure your progress by. Without sufficient planning, you are likely to fall by the wayside when other demands on your time creep into view. Write down why this is important to you, what it will mean when you hit your target and what you are prepared to do to hit your goals.

Nutrition


At the heart of any effective health and fitness program is a sound healthy eating and hydration plan. If you don’t factor in your nutrition as part of your plan, you’re effectively going two steps forward and one step back. Follow the realbuzz.com six nutritional tips below for simple, effective strategies to improve your diet:

realbuzz.com six nutrition tips

1. Always eat breakfast. Kick-start your body’s engine with a low fat, slow release, unrefined start to the day. Oatmeal porridge made with skimmed milk and topped with either fresh or dried fruit is ideal.

2. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water and natural fluids (juices etc). Central heating, air conditioning, nutrition choices, exercise and daily loss of fluids from the body, all contribute to dehydration. Aim for two liters (68fl oz) spread throughout the whole day and you’ll feel more energized, toxins will be flushed away and to top it all, your complexion will definitely improve.

3. Limit your intake of processed food. If it comes in a packet, leave it on the supermarket shelf. Aim to eat an unrefined, whole-food diet with as much fresh produce as possible. That way you’re automatically eliminating food manufacturers’ high fat and high additive products.

4. Take the '20 per day test’. How many different (and healthy!) foods have you eaten today? Many people struggle to get past ten; aim for 20 and make sure they’re all healthy. That way you’ll know that you’re getting a broad range of nutrients in your diet.

5. Limit or avoid salt. Salt and sodium — the hidden killers and are known contributors to high blood pressure. Processed foods in particular are laden with salt — some ready-made soups contain more than half the recommended adult salt intake — in just one meal! Salt is the cheapest flavor enhancer available and hence a favourite of food manufacturers. Instead, flavor your foods with herbs and spices.

6. Eat evenly throughout the day. Many people ‘end of day load’ their food intake by skipping breakfast, eating a minimal lunch and finally consuming a huge evening meal — often late at night. Instead, try evenly spacing your food out throughout the day — you’ll feel better, have more energy and you’ll be less tempted to eat high calorie quick energy hit snacks.

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