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One healthy change a month: losing 1 pound a month

2013/03/08by Donna Hull

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Lose 1 pound a month

Welcome to March and the second in our series of making one healthy change a month in 2013. Yes, we’re tackling the task of losing weight for March. In the spirit of slow and steady change, let’s focus on losing 1 pound a month. That’s doable, don’t you agree? By the end of the year, we’ll have lost 10 pounds.

What does losing 1 pound a month have to do with travel? According to Dr. Oz, losing just ten pounds will “lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk for a stroke, ward off dementia, lower your risk for uterine and breast cancer, and lower your cholesterol up to 10%.” And, all those changes equal to a healthier you, which means many more years of active travel.

Why just 1 pound a month, why not lose the ten pounds once and for all? You can lose as much as you want on our challenge, but here’s my theory:  if we lose one pound and keep it off for a month, there’s a much greater chance we’ll keep the next pound that we lose off and so on. In the process of this slow weight loss, we’re developing new habits that will help keep the weight off—for good.

Move more, eat less, cut out sugary drinks and deserts is dieting advice that we’ve all read about or heard from our doctors. And, of course, there’s a plethora of “do this, don’t do that” in today’s weight loss industry—some of it good, some of it downright dangerous.  I’m no nutritionist, exercise guru or medical expert; so, I traveled the Internet to find realistic tips and tools to help us lose that one pound in March, April, May and on through the rest of the year.

Which one of these suggestions will work for you? Post a comment to share with us or share more strategies. We’ll work on this together.

It’s not too late to join our challenge. Click One Healthy Change a Month to read more.

I have included an Amazon Link to The Glycemic-Load Diet and to The 7-Day Slim Down for your convenience. However My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage for purchases made at Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Before making changes to your health routine or starting a weight loss program, consult your doctor to determine what is best for you.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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