There is an upcoming party, visiting family member, or a reunion and you want to look a little better before your event. You have a week and a half to lose some weight and you want to do it fast, and the right way. Because you are very intelligent, you decide to avoid starvation, fad diets, and exercise plans. In order to accomplish your healthy goal of losing three pounds in 10 days, you remember that calories in – calories out = weight loss. Here are the steps to take to accomplish your goal following this general rule.

Step 1
Reduce your caloric intake by an average of 500 calories over the next 10 days. This adds up to a 5,000 calorie deficit. Because 3,500 calories are in a pound, this will result in a 1 1⁄2 pound weight loss. This is going to be the most challenging objective, but enjoy the good foods on the actual holiday. In addition, don’t overdo it. Eat enough goodies to satisfy your craving, but there is no need to splurge. Follow the nutrition recommendations of the Mediterranean diet.

Step 2
Increase your physical activity during the break. This can best be accomplished by making a goal to achieve 10,000 steps per day. 10,000 steps will result in a 500 calorie loss per day. A 500 calorie reduction over the next 10 days will result in a 5,000 deficit. This equals the other 1 1⁄2 pounds lost to total 3 pounds.

Step 3
Workout with a resistance band. This will increase your body’s muscle mass, thus giving you a more toned look. Use any of the workouts available on Exercise Menu. Do not workout on two consecutive days.

Step 4
Congratulate yourself for completing your 10-day goal. Try to carry your new habits into the new decade!