Last Updated on April 4, 2018 by Michael Brockbank
A lot of people wonder how they can lose as much weight as possible inside of one month. In reality, it’s not all that difficult to shed a few pounds. The process will depend on your personal goals and how much effort you can put into it.
The main thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different. Although humans share many characteristics, we all have separate requirements when it comes to health and fitness.
Losing Weight Inside of One Month
The amount of weight you want to lose is going to influence what you need to do. For example, shedding 10 pounds inside of 30 days is quite easy as long as you cut out a few snacks and go for daily walks.
If you want to lose more, it’s going to require a bit more work. So how do you lose weight in one month at home?
Step 1: Understand Your Personal Needs
The first thing you need to do is consider your own personal needs. This is for both diet and physical activity. Don’t assume you can follow certain strict diet plans or perform the same workouts as others.
For instance, I need certain food types to keep my blood-sugar levels up especially during workouts. Otherwise, I crash and go into shock.
Also, ask yourself how much you want to lose inside of one month. Is it 5, 10 or perhaps 20 pounds? Your goals are going to set the tempo for how you handle the next 30 days.
Do you want to simply burn fat or do you want to add muscle mass? This will also help determine the type of activity you will do the next month.
Step 2: Understand Intake versus Output
As simple as it sounds, most weight loss is attributed to intake versus output. Do you eat more than your body will use? In fact, most people can start burning fat now by simply reducing how much they eat.
According to experts, one pound of fat contains about 3,500 calories. This is a rough estimate as everyone is different. It’s often more or less depending on physique and genetic makeup. But it’s a good place to start.
You burn calories simply by being alive. This is because of all the things your internal organs are doing. The body burns calories digesting food, taking in oxygen and keeping the brain functional. However, this loss is relatively low.
For instance, I’ll burn 1.4 calories per minute sitting at my desk while writing this article.
The truth is, you can begin losing weight now by increasing your output when compared to your intake. I’ve lost an average of 0.5 pounds per day just by making sure my body is burning more than twice what I eat.
So my focus is burning 1,750 calories about the number of calories I eat to lose half a pound per day.
Step 5: Setting Up Daily Goals
I know you want to lose a certain amount of weight inside of one month. But keeping your focus more on daily goals is often an easier approach. It’s all about breaking up the massive goal into smaller, and more obtainable ones that accomplish it.
It helps keep your day realistic while fueling your sense of pride and confidence by achieving the smaller goals.
Your daily routines should include a diet plan that is conducive to your success. Now, you can avoid certain sugary foods and go on a low-carb diet. But then you have to realize that weight training is going to be difficult. This is because your muscles convert sugars and carbs into energy.
When I tried a low-sugar, low-carb diet and hit the gym, it wiped me out quickly. In a couple of instances, I went into hypoglycemic shock. You need to build a plan that is tailored to your physical needs.
Here’s an example of my daily goals and how I have lost about two pounds in the last three days. I am maintaining my Net 600 Calorie diet. This means my physical activity for the day greatly influences how much I should eat. Using my Fitbit to track calorie burn and MyFitnessPal to track food intake, I can see how much I am eating compared to what my body is actually using.
On days I don’t exercise as much, I eat less.
Another instance of a daily goal is trying to break my personal record for push-ups at the end of the month. Because I want to surpass 22, I try to get in some kind of muscle work for my triceps, shoulders and chest every day. The idea is to strengthen them so I can beat my record by the end of the month.
Step 6: Change Your Eating Habits
Your eating habits are going to be the biggest influence on losing weight in one month. You need a diet plan that helps you maintain functionality while promoting fat burn. For me, it’s not about what I eat but how much I eat.
I’ve lost nearly 70 pounds without cutting out goodies like chocolate, cheesecake or ice cream. What I’ve done is increased my output while reducing my intake. I still eat the same junk as before, I just eat far less of it.
Another element I’ve included in my diet plan is adding more fruits and vegetables. For one thing, it’s all about the vitamins and nutritional benefits from eating healthier foods. Not only that, but it helps fill the stomach while consuming fewer calories overall.
This works for me. I haven’t felt this good physically since my early 20s. And even then, I think I am far better off today at 41.
I don’t believe in starving yourself or denying some of the pleasurable foods that are out there. I’m just mindful of how much I’m consuming. I don’t sit down with a whole bag of Oreos and a half-gallon of milk anymore.
Today, I look at snacks and food and think, “Do I have the calories to eat this?” Which is why I don’t go to fast food places much. If I plan to get more physical in say, an hour, then I’ll have a snack that will put me in the red. This is because that future activity is going to burn away what I just ate.
Step 7: Get More Physical Activity
I know a lot of you don’t want to exercise to lose weight in one month. For some, a routine of jumping jacks, push-ups and planks sounds more like grueling chores than being healthy. Luckily, you don’t really need to dive into mundane routines.
Think of exercise more like physical activity in general. I can burn as many, if not more, calories playing tennis on the Xbox Kinect than many will while going to the gym and doing aerobics.
Any activity that has potential to increase your heart rate and make you sweat is going to be good for weight loss. Walking, running, riding a bike, golfing, bowling and even cleaning house are all great forms of “exercise.”
The quickest way to burn off as much fat as possible is by keeping yourself in motion. I know some of you will have a hard time with this. For instance, I work and play sitting at my desk which makes it difficult to burn a lot of calories throughout the day.
Remember, you want to burn more than you eat.
Step 8: Don’t Rely on the ScaleThe scale is a useful tool, but it will also produce false-positives when determining weight. There are simply too many things that can cause your weight to fluctuate from day-to-day. For instance, regular trips to the toilet and water retention can shift your weight in either direction by a couple of pounds.
Instead of relying on the scale to monitor losing weight in one month, take measurements and photographs of yourself. Measurements will give you data regarding how many inches your losing in certain parts of the body while images give you a visual of weight loss.
What areas should you measure? I keep an eye on:
I know some who will measure a wider scope, but this is what’s important to me.
Keep in mind that muscle weighs far more than fat. When you start increasing your activity, you’ll create density in muscle. Which means you’ll be losing fat even if the scale shows you weigh the same.
This is why you should look at measurements and pictures as well.
It’s Not Impossible
Virtually anyone can lose weight in one month. It’s how much you want to lose that will determine your effort. Just be mindful of your nutritional needs when looking for the best diet plan. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to a myriad of problems including high blood pressure, anxiety and extreme levels of stress.