Fitness experts share tips on how to lose 10 pounds safely and easily—no crash diets involved
One of the most popular questions Shape readers ask is "How can I lose 10 pounds?" Then comes, "How long does it take to lose 10 pounds?" and "how fast can I lose 10 pounds safely?" That's why we talked with some leading fitness experts for their top ways to stay motivated to lose weight (and keep it off for good). Read on for their advice on how to lose 10 pounds safely and relatively easily!
10 Tips for How to Lose 10 Pounds
1. Track your exercise and calories. You have to get accountable, says Stacey Lei Krauss, creator of the willPower Method. So write down and track what foods you eat and the workouts you do. "MyFitnessPal is a fantastic Smartphone app," she says.
2. Swap soda water with lemon and apple cider vinegar for diet soda. Jari Love, creator of the Get RIPPED! fitness program, recommends trading your diet soda out for soda water with a little fresh lemon juice and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in. "Lemon is great because it’s high in vitamin C," Love says. "You can also add in one teaspoon of Splenda, and you have a delicious and refreshing lemonade treat. Studies suggest that apple cider vinegar speeds up your metabolism and helps your body burn more calories." (Pssst. There are even more health benefits of drinking hot lemon water than just weight loss.)
3. Go for a walk/run three to four times a week. While walking for 30 minutes every day is great for burning calories (any movement is better than no movement!), Olympic sprinter and certified personal trainer Samantha Clayton says that you'll burn more calories by jogging and even more by running. "Mix up your walk by doing intervals," she says. "Increase your speed for short bursts, then recover with a slow walk. Doing this three to four times a week will help you lose 10 pounds in no time at all!" (In general, interval training is great for weight loss.)