Five Steps to Losing 25 lbs in 3 Months

by Head Health Nutter on December 5, 2007

This is a 5-step health plan I created in February 2007. Shedding much of my extra weight quickly, I felt lighter in body, mind and spirit. My concentration, energy and overall well-being tripled!

After consulting your doctor, I encourage you to try incorporating any or all of the following steps into your individually designed health plan.

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STEP #1: THREE IMPORTANT WEIGHT-LOSS FACTS

1) To lose weight you MUST burn more calories than you consume

This means eating whole foods (not packaged or processed) in healthy, balanced meals and being physical. Also, try slowing down while you munch. I became more conscious while I ate and eventually, depending on how active I was during the day, my portions were cut almost in half. I was eating almost every two hours: a small, healthy snack (e.g. half a banana and some nuts) once in the AM and once in the PM. This kept me satisfied throughout the day so I wasn’t binging come dinner time. Some experts say this raises metabolism.

2) Building muscle raises your metabolism

The higher your metabolism, the more calories you burn when you’re doing nothing! And you don’t even have to use weights, just your own body weight! (see below). When you’re ready, try building up to pumping iron 3 times a week so you’re continually building lean muscle mass.

3) Activity is supposed to be fun

I did what I wanted to do and took it easy at first (most people overdue it at the beginning ‘cause they’re all psyched up to lose weight – the fat burning heart rate zone is where you can comfortably talk during your activity).

I DID NOT focus on losing weight but rather my goal was to feel healthier and stronger. I did what I could on my low days, making sure that I fulfilled my commitment to myself to do physical activity everyday (it’s more important at this stage to make it a daily habit) and when I could not meet my daily minimum, I congratulated myself for at least trying. Then I made sure to capitalize on my good days by doing even more!

STEP #2: THE POWER OF PROTEIN IN WEIGHT-LOSS

I started off with protein powder in my morning fruit smoothies (I LOVE my blender and use it every day) – and I NEVER skip breakfast (I have many smoothie recipes from the net to ensure variety). Lean protein sources are the best because they tend to be lower in calories. Try turkey, chicken, fish, nuts, seeds and grains.

STEP #3: THE MOST MAGICAL LIQUID

I have LOTS (like 4-6 pints depending on my activity level) of lemon water throughout the day (starting with a warm glass of it first thing in the AM to kick start the kidney). Oh, yes, and herbal teas.

STEP #4: POIGNANT PROMISES

Do light to medium cardio (walking, biking, swimming, rollerblading) for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. If I felt good and energetic, I’d treat myself to an extra ½ hour, sometimes more.

Strengthen the core. All movement starts here, besides, it corrects posture which shows your confidence and actually makes you look even better! I took a personal trainer’s advice but made my own minimums to start with. I took it slow and started with one set of 10 reps, and eventually I worked my way up to his suggested 3 sets of 15 reps per 5 core exercises. I did these exercises everyday for about 20 – 30 minutes. I did them while I watched TV! And, of course, I stretched and felt like a million bucks! It helps SO much with stress.

STEP #5: CLEANSING

After researching the topic of cleansing, and instead of following one program, I made my own up with the aid of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fourth Edition, which explains why you should cleanse and gives you lists of the best natural cleansers (herbs, foods, supplements, etc.) for the blood, kidneys, lungs, skin and bowels.

This is my individualized cleansing program (for 1 month):

(Week 1-2) Preparing to fast:

I weaned myself off sugar, other stimulants (coffee, cigarettes and alcohol), meats, fish and dairy. Slowly, by the third week my diet was down to fruits, veggies, and nuts (I did have hard-boiled eggs, though, and looked online for Vegan recipes which helped).

(Week 3) Baby Food – Fast – Baby Food

Three days before the fast, I blended all my food. This prepared my digestive system for the fast so it wouldn’t be shocked with a lack of food. Plan your fast days on the weekend to allow for relative inactivity; your body isn’t getting food to convert into energy. I didn’t eat anything but drank 6 pints (each day) of lemon water with 2 tbsp. of natural maple syrup and some cayenne pepper (recipe from the Master Cleanse).

After the two day fast, I followed it up with more blended raw foods. If you’re interested, here’s my Safe, Enlightening 3 Day Fast for more detail.

(Week 4) Back to the beginning…but on a much lower key

I slowly introduced food back into my system, beginning with the juice from boiled veggies, pure fruit juices cut with water, and a blended vegan diet for three days, eventually moving towards solids.

Here’s An Easy, Gentle Cleanse for the First-Timer for more details and Cleansing Made Easy to help you out.

By the end of the month, I felt light, energetic, clear-headed, decisive, confident, and for the most part: calm, cool and collected. Hey, the bonus was that I didn’t have ¼ of the gas that I did before and my poop didn’t stink anymore! LOL

Just remember, nature craves to be at its most efficient. If you aim for health, listen to your body, question habits, weight loss will follow.

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jade February 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

Hi, i’m 14 years old currently and i’m trying to lose weight. I haven’t been on a diet before, this is my first time so i’m looking up basically anything on the internet that’ll help me.

My height is 4’11 ( i know short D: ) and i currently weight about 130 pounds. My goal is to reach about maybe 90 pounds atleast? in like 3 months or so, for my big brothers wedding. ( it is february 5, 2014 right now when i am typing this. so like maybe May 15,2014 ish is my big brothers wedding )

I don’t really know if it’s possible. Since, i usually stay inside my house, no would would give me a ride to the gym and i’m not allowed to walk or go anywhere without parent supervision since a lot happens in my neighborhood. (My parents aren’t home most of the time, they’re at work. My grandma usually is with me btw) I have ALOT of freetime but i don’t really know what to do within those hours. Hope you reply soon, I really need help. I’m very new to this.

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Head Health Nutter February 10, 2014 at 12:24 am

Hi Jade, thanks for sharing your story with us. You can lose weight, despite your challenges. Just read the above post and comments and you’ll have lots of practical advice to follow. Just remember, weight loss is a mathematical equation: you must burn more calories than you consume. But it’s also a delicate balancing act, because you still need to consume enough nutrients and calories to feed your body. Some days you might not be as active, so those days you should focus on nutrient-rich food but eat less. All the best to you and your efforts!

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Arrie March 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Hi, I am Arrie, 19 y/o 5″0″ 165lbs.
I really want to lose weight. I lost around 35lbs already but it was mostly because I stopped eating junk, I drink lots of water and I am being more active. Now I eat mostly healthy food, I do eat some bad food but rarely (muffin, cake, chocolate, ice cream sometimes). I go to some fit club with my friends once a week and walk a lot. Please can you help me? I want to lose 8-10 pounds per month. I did what you wrote in the past for like 3 months but I couldn’t lose any pounds. I gain 10 pounds because I stopped but I want to lose all the fat so I can be an healthy weight and love my body. please help me!

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Megann March 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Hi I am 16 years old I weigh 170 pounds I would love to loose about 50 pounds I’m 5’1 and I want to lose this weight by July. I have 4 months to get rid of this weight it hurts me because I get made fun of by my weight I would just like to show people that I can do it and not have to worry about being called fat anymore

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Massie April 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Please, people say im not fat im 14 years old and female im also very short im 4’10 and i weigh only 100 lbs. I feel very fat… All the time and im doing things thats not healthy at all. I found this and thoughy hmm..this seems healthy amd SAFE. I would starve myself, purging and.ect … Please help me iñ terrified what i will be like in 3 months. Thank you

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Rabia April 27, 2014 at 1:45 am

Hi,
I am Rabia, and I am 18. I am about 5 2inch and weight about 130. I was 138 before. Hpwever, I really want to loose weight before August. Any tips?????
Thanks

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