CAN YOU REALLY LOSE 5 POUNDS BY NEXT WEEK?
Believe it or not, experts say that depending on body type, it's actually realistic to drop five pounds in five days, or at least trim enough inches to make it look like you have. Importantly, none of these tips involve crash diets or weird pills, but instead offer healthy ways to shave off those pesky couple of pounds so you can look svelte at party time.
Slash Your Sodium
For a quickfire bloat reducer, cut your sodium intake to less than 500 mg per day. One additional trick - the more potassium you consume, the more your body will get rid of sodium, so grab potassium rich potatoes, coconut water, bananas, cantaloupes and oranges as opposed to processed foods.
Embarrassing topic, maybe, but moving those bowels is an effective route to a flat stomach and fewer pounds. Natural aids to regularity are more effective than laxatives for bowel wellbeing. Eating 35 to 40g of fibre a day will keep you moving and looking like you've lost 5 pounds.
Make the Most of Your Time
It's good to be as active as you can everyday – parking in the furthest space from the supermarket, taking the stairs instead of the lift - but go further and turn helpful activities into training opportunities. 1. While brushing your teeth, do 50 squats as quickly as possible without dribbling all over yourself - brushing and squatting might take some practice but it's worth it. 2. Don't sit around chatting on the phone, - stand up and do heel raises. Stand with your heels together and toes turned out, then rise to your toes and lower down for 20 reps.
Cut the Sugar from Your Drinks
Empty calories in sugary drinks are detrimental to any diet, and sugar is hidden in many beverages, including milk, nondairy milks and juices (fruit and veggie). Even natural additives like cane or corn syrup, agave or honey, contribute to weight gain, especially belly fat. The goal is not to replace sugar with artificial, non-caloric sweeteners, but if you must add a lil sweetness to your morning joe or tea, organic Stevia or Xylitol are good substitutes.
Empty calories in sugary drinks are detrimental to any diet, and sugar is hidden in many beverages, including milk