This will be short and sweet. Sometimes all we need is a little perspective. If you’re trying to lose weight, shedding the last few pounds can be the toughest. What am I saying?? Getting the ball rolling is the toughest. The second toughest thing is the last few pounds.

While I’m not a big fan of scales, and certainly don’t want anyone to fixate on calories – ever – I think it’s important to recalibrate and become acquainted with what puts weight on and what can take it off.

We have right around 13 weeks until the New Year is upon us. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 91 days. Rather than thinking of all the ways to workout to burn calories, or diets you can go on to cut calories, start smaller.

Here are two ways to lose five pounds in five minutes a day (by the New Year):

Method 1

  • Bike hard for five minutes. Push yourself. The goal is to do one very hard interval for five minutes every day.*
    Over the course of 13 weeks, you will burn about 6825 calories.
  • Cut out one serving of starchy or refined carbohydrates a day. This could be toast, pasta, rice, potatoes, cookies, crackers, soda, juice etc. Takes no time at all.
    Over the course of 13 weeks, you will avoid eating 10,920 calories.
    10,920 + 6850 = 17,770, or about 5.1 pounds
Method 2
  • Run hard for five minutes. Again, really push yourself. The goal is to do one very hard interval for five minutes every day.*
    Over the course of 13 weeks, you will burn about  11,148 calories.
  • Cut out 1/2 serving of starchy or refined carbohydrates a day. This could be toast, pasta, rice, potatoes, cookies, crackers, soda, juice etc. Takes no time at all.
    Over the course of 13 weeks, you will avoid eating 5460 calories.
    11,148 + 5460 = 4.75 pounds (nearly there)
*It’s still important to warm up. So please do so. This is just to give you perspective on what it takes to throw the scale in reverse without doing very much.  Also, if you’re already working out, this would be in addition to what you’re already doing. But I have a lot of faith in interval training. Inter
vals, vs slow and steady work, is where it’s at for a healthy, happier body.
Keep in mind, if you cut out the carbs (which really isn’t a lot), but make up for the calories elsewhere – you probably won’t see results.
Lastly, I’m not advising anyone to cut out vegetables. With the exception of potatoes – and probably corn – eat your veggies with reckless abandon.

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