More than likely, if you are reading this post you fall in to one of two categories:
1) You are sick of being overweight, feeling unhealthy, and have no idea where to start
2) You’ve been eating too many desserts lately OR slacked off exercising (or both) and want to lose the 5-10 pounds you gained while you weren’t looking
Whichever of these two buckets you fall into, good news — you’ve come to the right place! This post will give you 4 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss and Drop Pounds in Just 7 Days. I’m serious! Try these tips for just seven days, and comment below and share your results.
I’ve given this same advice to my coaching clients, and they have had success. Read their Testimonials here and see what they had to say for yourself!
Without further delay, here are 4 Easy Ways to Lose Weight … starting TODAY!
Water has zero calories, zero carbs, and no sodium. It’s great for revving up your metabolism, and it flushes out toxins (and excess water) from your body. I’ve complained myself that water is boring & tasteless. If this is how you feel, add a lemon or lime wedge. Plain sparkling water is ok too as long as the sodium content is very low (aim for 30mg or less). Avoid juices, energy drinks, soda (yes – even diet soda), etc. this week. You can drink one cup of coffee or tea per day, but don’t add sweeteners or creamers. (C’mon … it’s a 7-day commitment, not forever! You want to lose weight, don’t you?)
Cut Out White Bread, White Rice, and White Pasta
Cutting out white-grain products or simple carbohydrates and replacing them with whole-grain or complex carbs diet will slim you down quickly. Simple carbs are high in sugar, low in fiber, and while they taste good and give us comfort they have little to no nutritional value and cause belly bloating. They are digested very quickly and leave you hungry just a short time after eating. Replace white grains with whole-wheat bread, rice substitutes like quinoa and barley, and vegetables, which are digested more slowly & keep you feeling fuller longer.
Do Some Kind of Cardio Every Day for 30 Minutes
Wait — don’t close out of this post! I promise, this isn’t a deal breaker! If you want to burn calories, you have got to move. Again, this is a 7-day challenge to kickstart your weight loss goal or slim down for that bikini you’re going to be wearing in two weeks. If you don’t have a solid thirty minutes, you can break it up into two 15-minutes sessions or three 10-minutes sessions. You MUST have time for that?! No casual strolling here either. After a warmup, get that heart rate up for a good 30 minutes by brisk walking, walking uphill, jogging, get your butt to a Zumba or other dance class, or jump on any piece of aerobic equipment such as elliptical machine. You can even go old-school, low-tech and do 30 minutes of jumping rope, jumping jacks, or anything that gets your heart rate up for 30 minutes. I like to use the FREE Nike Training Club app where there are tons of free workouts just waiting for you & many require NO EQUIPMENT. No excuses … JUST DO IT!
Get More Sleep
This one isn’t so bad, eh? Who doesn’t long for more zzz’s? And guess what? Your body needs it. A study published in 2012 found that just a few nights of bad sleep can throw your metabolism into a tailspin. The study showed that getting four hours of sleep a night for four nights made healthy people’s bodies resistant to insulin — a condition that leads to weight gain, diabetes and other serious health problems.
Not everyone needs eight hours of sleep per night. Some need less, some actually need more to function optimally. You can find out how many hours you need by reading this post I wrote for MindBodyGreen. For the next 7 days, though, focus on adding just 30 minutes of sleep each night. You might have to turn off the television a little earlier or wait until tomorrow for your turn at Words With Friends, but your body will thank you.
After you try this, please come back & leave a comment below & let everyone know about your progress!
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