Think your junk food addiction is getting in the way of losing weight? Here's how to shed a few pounds without giving up your favorite grub.
- Step 1: Make daily meal plans that stay within your calorie range. Up to 2/3 of your diet's calories can come from junk food, but balance it with some nutrition -- drink milk for calcium, eat some vegetables and high-protein foods, and consider taking vitamins.
- Step 2: Add in some cardio exercise to burn more calories. Watch the weight melt away!
- FACT: For a class project in 2010, a nutrition professor at Kansas State University lost 27 pounds in 10 weeks on a junk-food diet.
- TIP: Women should consume at least 1,200 calories a day and men should consume at least 1,500. Don't try to lose more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.
- Step 3: For each pound that you want to lose, multiply the number by 3,500, and then divide that number by the number of days you will be staying on the diet to determine how many calories you must cut from your daily intake.
- Step 4: Calculate the average number of calories you consume each day. Understand that approximately 3,500 calories equals 1 pound of fat. If you consume fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight -- even if the calories come from junk food.
- Step 5: Set a realistic weight-loss goal. Don’t stay on the diet for more than a few weeks; you can lose weight eating junk food, but it’s not the healthiest choice.
- : This diet is not recommended as long-term, healthy weight-loss plan.