This is just my opinion so take it for what its worth...my two cents
If I were going to do something like this I would cut out all sugar includes sauces, dressings and mixes unless sugar is at least the 5th ingredient, eliminate all flour products & processed foods No Alcohol Reduce caffeine & soft drinks or eliminate them if possible Water - 1/2 oz to 1oz per lb of body weight (so if you are 200lbs you would want to drink 100-200oz of water spread out throughout the day) Sleep 8 hours a night (this is when our bodies repair themselves and growth hormone is released) Take vitamins
So your diet would look something like this Bfast: 2 eggs, piece of fruit, 1/4 cup of oatmeal L: 4oz of lean protein, 3oz cooked brown rice, 6oz cook vegetables, 6oz salad, 1 tbsp dressing (not fat-free) S: 6oz fruit D: 4oz lean protein, 6oz cook vegetables, 6oz salad, 1 tbsp dressing (not fat-free) S: if you are hungry - 6 oz of mixed berries
You still need to eat - if you don't consume enough food your body is going to lose weight slower. If you dont feel full add some more salad or veggies to the meals.
Exercise - Cardio which could be walking, zumba, swimming, biking, sprints, HIIT training
Depending on the amount of weight you have to lose 15-20 lbs is probably doable and consider anything else a bonus. However, when you lose a pound you don't just lose fat you also lose muscle. so lets say you lose 15 lbs - you are losing approx 10lbs of fat and 5 lbs of muscle. This is why people who regain weight they have lost previously often are "fatter" then before.
So once memorial day has past I would start adding strength/weight training to rebuild lost muscle mass. Muscle revs up your metabolism so you dont want to neglect this.
Anyway, reach for the moon even if you miss you'll land among the stars! Good Luck.
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loss at least 20 to 30 pounds by Memorial Day Weekend? If I eat healthy, exercise, drink lots of water,etc. can it be done? Thank you.