Whether we’re trying to find a way to fit into that bikini, or just look good when we’re working out at the gym, there are always a few pounds we wouldn’t mind shedding from time to time.
Sometimes we want to get rid of the extra weight extra quickly because we have an event, such as a beach vacation or a wedding that we want to look our best for. Whatever the reason, there are a number of ways you can shed as much as 10 pounds in a very short time. Follow these tips and you will be lighter and healthier in just a week’s time.
Avoid Fast Food At All Costs
Stay away from Burger King, McDonalds and all the rest. These foods are loaded with transfat but they also have a ton of salt, which can pack on pounds quickly.
Drink Lots Of Water
Drinking lots of water helps the body in a number of ways. The water powers your metabolism has no calories and drinking lots of water will make you feel full. You’ll also feel better overall if you’re well hydrated.
Get Your Weight Training In Too
Cardio burns more calories in the short term than weight training does, but lifting weights will get your body in better shape overall and that will help you burn more calories when you’re doing your cardio.
Take In Fewer Calories Than You Burn
This might seem like a no-brainer, but the fact of the matter is you should eat less calories than you burn over the course of the day. You should do this every day if you’re looking to lose weight quickly. You’ll also want to take in quite a few less calories than you burn if you’re looking to lose 10 pounds in a week.
By combining workouts, you are doing workouts that work a number of different parts of the body at once. These form small muscle tears at different parts. The body burns quite a bit of calories trying to repair those small tears.
Avoid Liquid Calories At All Costs
Liquid calories, in the form of sugary sodas and juices are a no-no. These are the very definition of empty calories because they won’t fill you up the way food will. If you’re thirsty, drink water.
Burn Over 5,000 Calories More Than You Take In
In order to hit your goal of losing 10 pounds in just seven days, you’ll need to burn a tonne of calories per day. You don’t want to starve yourself but you will need to burn approximately 5,000 more calories that you take in.
Eat Breakfast Every Day
Lots of people decide they shouldn’t eat and that will help them burn more calories than they eat. The fact of the matter is you need to start off the day with some food, in order to get your metabolism running.
Cut Down Or Cut Out Simple Carbs
If you want to lose weight quickly, you should cut down or cut out treats like cookies and cakes. You should also avoid simple carbohydrates you can get from honey and molasses.
Go With Complex Carbs Instead
Instead of cakes and cookies in order to get your carb intake (you shouldn’t go completely without) you should switch over to rice or other healthy grains. Fruits and veggies work too.
Eat Lots Of Lean Protein
Lean proteins are great because they’re obviously low on fat but because they will fill you up and keep you from overeating. Go with skinless chicken breasts, eggs and lean beef.
Get Your Cardio
Cardio burns calories, whether you’re doing jump rope, running on the treadmill or biking. The harder you go and the longer you go the better the burn.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Lots of good sleep will lead to weight loss for a number of reasons. If you’re getting healthy amounts of sleep, your body will work more efficiently. There are also studies that indicate that those who sleep less, eat more. Sometimes it’s because they’re awake and bored. Some studies say sleep deprivation can lead to being hungrier over the course of the day.
Eat Smaller Portions Than Usual
One way to make sure you are taking in less calories is rather simple. Don’t load your plate up with food — eat smaller portions at every meal.
Go For A Walk
Walking, either speed walking or just going for a stroll will help your metabolism keep going. Sometimes you aren’t in the physical shape to run or bike, but you should walk whenever you can.
Eat Low Glycemic Index Foods
Lower Glycemic Index foods are going to have less sugar levels and will allow your body to shed the pounds quicker than higher Glycemic Index foods, across the board.
Using a cross training machine and doing cross training exercises gets you the calorie burn of a cardio workout while also working other muscles, driving up the metabolism.
Eat Light Whenever Possible
No eating light isn’t the same as eating less. This means you should go with a light version of some of your favorite foods such as ranch dressing.
Dancing gets you plenty of cardio, and works a tonne of other muscles. This doesn’t mean you should be doing a bunch of slow dancing. Rather get yourself into the most rambunctious and active dancing you can find.
Don’t Snack Late At Night
The more you snack closer to bed time, the more weight you’re going to put on. Late night snacks aren’t metabolized as quickly because you’re sleeping right after you eat. Most people say you should stop eating at 7:00 PM on average.
Cardio is basically an aerobic exercise that involves steady and repetitive movements using a person’s arms and legs to increase blood circulation and blood flow throughout the body. Covering a duration of 15-20 minutes, it helps maintain 60-80% of your maximum heart rate.