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7 Ways to Lose 15 Pounds in Two Months, Say Experts 

Here’s how to reach your weight loss goals.
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Losing 15 pounds in two months is challenging but certainly not impossible once you set your mind to it. By adopting certain habits and sticking to them, you can reach your weight loss goals within eight weeks—and hopefully, maintain them. "For a successful — and lasting — weight management plan, you also need to increase your physical activity," according to the Mayo Clinic. "Combining regular activity and healthy eating will help you get to and maintain a healthy weight." Read on to find out more.

Log Your Food

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Keeping a food diary has been shown to help with weight loss efforts. "A food diary can be a useful tool in this process," Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN, tells Harvard Health. "It can help you understand your eating habits and patterns and help you identify the foods — good and not-so-good — you eat on a regular basis. Research shows that for people interested in losing weight, keeping a journal can be a very effective tool to help change behavior."

Calorie Deficit

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Track your calories and make sure you have a deficit to lose weight. "Your weight is a balancing act, but the equation is simple," says the Mayo Clinic. "If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. And if you eat fewer calories and burn more calories through physical activity, you lose weight."

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Walk Every Day

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Taking a brisk walk of at least 30 minutes a day can help torch fat. "A lot of people have a hard time getting motivated to start exercising," exercise physiologist Katie Lawton, MEd, tells the Cleveland Clinic. "But walking is simple, right? We do it every day."

Be Mindful of Alcohol

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Aside from being full of empty calories, alcohol can derail weight loss plans by encouraging overeating. "Across the board, for people who are trying to lose some weight, cutting out empty calories is a good place to start," Leslie Heinberg, PhD, tells the Cleveland Clinic. "Oftentimes, beverages are a big source of empty calories — whether it's soda, juice, sweet tea, beer, wine or cocktails. Any of those things add calories, but really without nutrition and without the sense of feeling full."

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Try Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting can be a powerful weight loss tool. "Intermittent fasting contrasts with the normal eating pattern for most Americans, who eat throughout their waking hours," says Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Mark Mattson, PhD. "If someone is eating three meals a day, plus snacks, and they're not exercising, then every time they eat, they're running on those calories and not burning their fat stores."

Manage Your Stress

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Stress causes cortisol to spike, which is shown to encourage weight gain through factors such as overeating and poor sleep. "The hormone raises your blood pressure and insulin production, while simultaneously suppressing your immune system. As your insulin levels go up, your blood sugar drops, making you crave fatty, sugary foods," says the Cleveland Clinic.

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Get Plenty of Sleep

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Sleep is crucial for weight loss—aim for at least 7 hours a night. One study shows getting more sleep reduces intake. "Even within just two weeks, we have quantified evidence showing a decrease in caloric intake and a negative energy balance — caloric intake is less than calories burned," says Esra Tasali, MD, Director of the UChicago Sleep Center at the University of Chicago Medicine. "If healthy sleep habits are maintained over longer duration, this would lead to clinically important weight loss over time. Many people are working hard to find ways to decrease their caloric intake to lose weight — well, just by sleeping more, you may be able to reduce it substantially."

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Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more