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How to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in a Month

Eat this, think that and follow these moves to drop major pounds in a month.

By Jennifer Abbasi

Burn Off the Weight

Shed four pounds in four weeks by exercising away 500 extra calories a day. That may sound like a lot, but 30 minutes of interval walking combined with everyday activities will get you there, says Denise Austin, author of Side Effect: Skinny and a mom of two daughters. "Alternate between intense and light pacing while on a walk outside, a treadmill or an elliptical machine," Austin says. Go to familycircle.com/intervalworkout to check out her plan for torching 300 calories. Then try our 30-minute add-ons (or full workouts), below.

Get Motivated

30-minute add-ons: Half an hour of interval walking plus 30 minutes of two of these activities torches 500 calories.

One-hit wonders: Blast 500 calories in a single workout.

Give Your Metabolism a Boost


Originally published in the August 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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