4 Tips to Lose Weight in a Week

Want to lose weight this week? You may find answers on how to do it with principles borrowed from money management – I did.

Back when I was 240 pounds, I also had $19,000 of credit card debt. The pain of that debt drove me to take a class on Biblical money management.

The lessons I learned transferred to how I managed my body.

I paid off the credit card debt. I lost the excess weight.

Things worked great for several years. But a few years ago, I found a few pounds start creeping back. Yes, I discovered it seems to happen more easily after age 40, even though in my mind, I was living a healthy lifestyle! It was frustrating.

To get that under control, I needed an updated strategy.

Interesting enough, I found that strategy in money management – again. I was looking for a budgeting software to help manage our family finances and found a software called “You Need a Budget (YNAB).” But it wasn’t just software; it was a whole new way of looking at money.

YNAB teaches 4 rules so you see exactly where your money is going – and maximize it. Here are the rules:

  • Give every dollar a job
  • Save for a rainy day
  • Roll with the punches
  • Stop living paycheck to paycheck

Using the YNAB system has allowed me to “find” money that I didn’t even know we had – simply because I could see where our money was going every day.

Plus, the attitude has transferred into how I manage my body. It inspired me to set up a “body budget” and manage my eating and exercise by that updated plan.

Guess what? Those few pounds that tried to creep back are creeping back to where they came from!

So with a nod to YNAB, here are my four rules that will help you get a better body – starting this week:

  •  Give every calorie a job: YNAB requires that you first know how much money you are working with. In a similar way, you can determine how many calories you need to eat each day to lose weight.

To set up my body budget, I started using a free website and smartphone app called “LoseIt!” that calculates this for you. Click here to download LoseIt for your smartphone.

But wait! Here is a critical trick that the site doesn’t tell you about: At the start of the day, record everything that you are going to eat that day – BEFORE you eat anything.

You assign all of your calories “jobs” first. You tell them where to go instead of having to figure out what to do with them throughout the day. This allows you to pre-plan your day and gives you incredible peace of mind.

I cannot stress this enough: “Eat” before you eat. Start your day by recording the meals you are planning to eat. You can always make adjustments if you need to, but at least you have a gameplan for the day.

  • Save for a rainy day – exercise: When you work with the calorie budget through “Lose it!,” you see that exercise is like earning extra money. While you can eat a little more when you exercise (which is like spending the overtime money you earned), it’s best not to do that when you can. Why? Because then you can “bank” calories, which leaves you with more flexibility to handle future food challenges.

For example, if you’ve “saved up” calories through exercise and want a hot fudge sundae, then you can have it with moderation (and with full enjoyment) and still maintain your weight loss plan.

  • Roll with the punches: Because operating with a daily calorie budget allows you to see where your calories are going, you are able to re-assign them if the need arises and still stay on track. For example, at the start of the day, you record that you are going to have fish for dinner. However, your family decides they’d rather have chicken. You change the fish to chicken in your budget and see that the chicken “costs” more calories. So you decide to cut back on the portion size of a side item so that you still stay within your budget. See how that works?
  • Stop living diet to diet: This part requires a change in attitude. Living in body debt (carrying around excessive fat) can be physically and emotionally draining. What can be even more draining is going from diet to diet, searching for a quick fix.

However living with self control by making good health habits a lifestyle, rather than limiting your life, actually expands your options.

It gives you confidence that you are managing every resource God has given you to maximum benefit.

Be Blessed with Health, Healing, and Wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. Do you struggle with overeating sugar? If so, you are not alone!

Overcoming sugar addiction was a key factor on my weight loss journey; I lost 85 pounds and dropped from a size 22 to an 8.

In our 14-day Sugar Detox Challenge online course (inside the Take Back Your Temple program), you’ll get the same success strategies and support to gain peace in your eating habits and achieve lasting weight loss.

Click here to learn more about the Take Back Your Temple program.

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About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

  • I love your site! One word of warning about the app Lose It! though: this app requires that you give it permission to keep ANY images without your express permission.

    The exact words of the app is, “Take pictures and videos – Allows application to take pictures and videos with the camera. This allows the application AT ANY TIME to collect images the camera is seeing.” (Emphasis mine!)

    No thanks to that one – if I take a picture of my child playing in a bubble bath, I don’t want anyone oogling my child. Very weird app permission, imo.

    • Hi Michelle – thanks for sharing your concern. I took a closer look at that permission. The only time I see the app uses the camera is when you want to scan a barcode on a food package to enter a food you’ve eaten – a very neat feature that I’ve used several times for convenience. So, unless you are using the barcode scanner in an unintended use within the app, then I do not think it’s a cause for concern. It doesn’t have permission to use your camera except for uses within the app – ie, using the barcode scanner.

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