How to Lose Five Pounds in a Week

Lynsey Keep, RN
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Many people find themselves trying to lose 5 pounds in a week in situations where they need to slim down to fit into an outfit for an important event.

Eat Yourself Slim

Successful and safe dieting is not about starving the body; the key is to eating the right foods and combinations of food. With crazes such as the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and the 'cabbage soup' diet, weight loss may have been achieved but in a potentially unhealthy way. These types of dietary habits can be difficult to sustain, therefore weight loss may only be a temporary achievement.

The secret is in fact the reverse, eating yourself slim may sound nonsense but it is a myth that eating less guarantees weight loss, especially if you intend to keep it off.

How to Lose 5 Pounds in a Week: Its Easy

When aiming to lose a sum of weight in a short space of time it is difficult not to look upon it as a possible sacrificial act, and if that's the case take steps to ensure the hard work is worth it and that the weight stays off. The key to guaranteed weight loss is shifting the build up of calories in the body; this can only be achieved by a careful dietary intake and a regular regimen of exercise.

Exercise

The exercise does not require overexertion or need to be vigorous. It is recommended that 30 minutes of exercise between three and five times per week is a reasonable exercise goal to target. If trying to lose weight in a short time span, the more exercise you do the better. Exercise does not need to be a grueling workout in the gym, and the more fun you make it the more likely you are to do it. Swimming, walking the dog or even roller skating are just a few ideas that constitute the kind of exercise which if sustained for 30 minutes will help you drop that unwanted weight.

Meal Planning

If you have to lose 5 pounds in a week, with such a limited time, the key to success is in the planning. Systematically document your plans for the 7 days. In doing so you are more likely to stick to it. Write down specifically what you intend to eat for each of the days, including drinks and any in-between meal snacks you allow yourself. When you shop for the food ensure you only buy what you intend to eat.

The secret to losing weight is to eat up to four meals in a day, with attention focused on varying the calorific intake of each meal. It is also advisable to include a good mix of proteins, complex carbohydrates and fruit and vegetables in the meal, the body will work the scientific bit out by itself. Mixing up the order in which calorific values are eaten increases your metabolic rate and more fat is burned. When trying to lose weight in such a short space of time it is not unreasonable to cut out all the 'naughty' foods which may normally hinder attempts to lose weight. Snacks, candy, soda's and alcohol are all detrimental to the waistline and when possible should be avoided during the sacrificial 7 days.

Resist the Temptation

Even 7 days can be a difficult challenge when trying to lose weight, and many will long to see their hard earned results, but not without suffering along the way. Resist the temptation to give in to food cravings by drinking a glass of water or brushing your teeth as both actions will take the focus off of food long enough for the craving to pass.

Put your outfit out on show to remind you that you intend to look amazing in at the end of the 7 days. Don't be tempted to try it on and steer clear of the weighing scales. On day 7 you will be rewarded with a visual loss of weight both numerically and in how you look and feel about yourself.

Keep Up the Good Work

If you've achieved your 5 pound weight loss in the nominated week, you may want to consider sustaining certain newly adopted habits indefinitely. Don't make life miserable depriving yourself of your culinary treats and vices. If you eat sensibly and exercise regularly the majority of the time, the treats will feel far more worth it.

It's all about self control and personal willpower. If you want to lose weight for yourself then nobody should get in your way. Success is as possible as you make it.

How to Lose Five Pounds in a Week