Originally Answered: hi im trying to lose 10 pounds by the weekend of july 4th.will this work?
I'll break it down-
Breakfast- Perfect. You have the complex carbs for energy, plus the protein from the egg white. Plus some nice caffeine to get you going :-)
Snack- Perfect again. You didn't get any fat at breakfast, really, so the completely healthy unsaturated fat in the almonds is exactly what you need. Just be sure not to snack mindlessly on nuts. Although they are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, calories add up fast.
Lunch- Here's where it kinda falls apart. Fruit is so healthy, and it's great to eat it. They are perfect nutrition, plus you get the benefit of the fiber. But only fruit for lunch? No protein, no fat? As great as fruit is, the only energy they give you is from the carbs. And the carbs in fruit are from sugar. Natural sugar, so you should still eat it, but it burns off really fast. Within a couple hours, you are going to be hungry. I think you should go a little heavier on the lunch. Try to have fat, protein, and carbs at every meal. Maybe have something else with the fruit.
Snack-Although dates are a great snack, they have basically the highest sugar content of all fruit. They will burn off long before you eat dinner, and you will get hungry. Since your lunch is so small, you need to either have a much more substantial snack, or have more lunch. And there's a good chance you need the coffee at this point because you have no energy from your lunch. The mid after noon crash, it happens to the best of us.
Dinner-Beans are good, they have the protein and a small amount of fat you need. Are you a vegetarian? If you aren't you could have some lean meats like chicken and fish for variety. Just a thought. Nice to see that you also got some carbs in there for balance. Just make sure it's brown rice-white rice is processed, it's not a whole grain. Salad is good too, you haven't had any veggies so far, and you need them. If you can take it without dressing, all the power to you.
Treat- I think it's a great idea. The only thing I have to say is it sounds like you're having another meal. Seriously, if you're hungry enough after dinner to eat a burrito, you need to eat more food. If you're going to have a full out dessert, maybe limit yourself to 1-2 times a week and have fruit all the other nights. Of, just have a small dessert every night, such as a small piece of dark chocolate, or one cookie. Don't go too crazy, but it's good thinking to have treats to avoid bingeing in the end.
Other-Don't measure your exercise in calories. Go by how long you run for. Aim for about an 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. More is better, as long as you don't get too intense. You don't need to run for an hour a day, that's excessive. Going for a walk is great exercise. Also, mix it up a bit too. Like, if you run one day, bike the next. That way, you won't get sick and quit. You need more than four glasses of water a day. It's 8-10, and water really does matter. Slowly increase your intake, until you can drink that mush. It flushes your system, you'll feel great.
You probably will lose 10 pounds by July. It's a very realistic goal, so I congratulate you on that. As long as you don't cheat and stick to your exercise, you'll be able to do it fairly easily. I hope my advice is helpful. Good luck!
EDIT: That guy above me copy-and-pasted a whole article. Cheater! I typed my whole thing out :-)