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10 Pound Countdown to Summer Challenge!

It might not feel like it yet, but we are only 11 weeks away from the first of May, and the start of pool season.

Many of us are experiencing the effects of winter – the annual weight gain that comes from decreased physical activity, holiday treats and winter comfort food, and a general hibernation-like loss of motivation.

So, how do we get back on track in time to fit into that swimsuit or look great for a planned vacation? Woodside has you covered with a “10 Pound Countdown” challenge: 10 pounds in 10 weeks, with tips, tools and motivation beginning next Monday and going through the first of May.

Weight loss can be complicated by many variables, but in the end it is a numbers game: 3,500 calories = 1 pound of body fat. So in order to lose a pound, you must burn 3,500 more calories than you consume. Do the math: a deficit of 500 calories each day and you’ve lost a pound in a week!

Why not amp it up and try to lose more? Rapid weight loss can cause dehydration, lean tissue loss, and a decrease in vitamins. Basically, lose more than 1 pound per week and you may not be burning fat, but losing things your body needs.

Now, we know that not everyone needs to lose 10 pounds. These are general numbers for the general population. So, as always, talk to your health care provider before you begin any fitness or weight loss program and customize any plan to your unique needs and goals.

We’ll use the 10 pound formula as a general guideline for the next 10 weeks, providing information on how to lose one pound per week. Watch for these each week on “Motivation Monday” through the Woodside blog and social media.

In the meantime, start taking a look at your fitness routine and nutrition habits. Have you let some things slide during the winter? Now is a great time to start a daily food journal and start creating time in your schedule for regular exercise. Keep track and start planning this week so you are prepared for the start of our #10PoundCountdown next Monday!

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