Have your pants mysteriously shrunk a size? ;)

If you are like one of my friends at work, who says his pants have mysteriously seemed to have shrunk a size (ha ha), maybe you really DON’T have to make a trip to Goodwill.

If you are looking to lose that one pant size quickly, you should begin with two main actions: healthier eating choices and exercise. Those two things are the “magic-combo” for weight loss in general. Also, to really be successful, there are a few other actions you can take.

In Prevention Magazine’s May, 2011 issue, they give a general guide to “Stick to about 1,600 calories a day: 300 calories for breakfast, 450 calories each for lunch and dinner, plus two 200-calorie snacks.”

How do you track it? The best place I have found so far is the Fitbit food tracking page. You can easily begin typing in the food you ate and it automatically pops up many items to choose from. You even select if it is a breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner item. Pair this up with the Fitbit activity log and step-tracking unit, and you’ve got one great package to track all of the calories you’ve ingested and burned!

Just like with any goal, if you measure it, you are more likely to succeed, because you can see where you need to make adjustments to your plan.

I know we’ve talked before about the health benefits of water and weight loss. If you drink COLD water, it will take more energy for your digestive system to warm it to body temperature. That can burn up to 50 additional calories per day!

Eat more protein. Protein helps build muscle and muscle helps burn more calories. Eggs, salmon, chicken, beef, pork, black beans, oatmeal, peanut butter, almonds and cashews are all good sources of protein.

So, remember… to lose weight quickly, put all the above together – choose healthier eating choices, exercise, track and measure your progress, drink more COLD water and eat more proteins. You’ll be sure to fit back into those darn shrinking pants in no time!

–Yours in fun fitness, Mike

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