Thursday, November 20, 2008

How to Lose 5 Pounds Fast... Without Doing Any Exercise

Want to lose 5 pounds fast... without exercise? Make no mistake about it, exercise is extremely healthy and you should do everything in your power to try to fit in a few workouts every week. You'll lose fat faster and do all kinds of good things for your body.

However, there are times when, for whatever reason, regular exercise is something we just can't fit into our schedule. Using the tips below you could easily lose 5-10 lbs within just a couple of weeks... with exercising at all.

1. Avoid processed foods.

If it comes in a bag or box, you should probably avoid it. This is especially true if it contains refined flours or sugars -- the so-called "white carbs" -- because they spike blood sugar and insulin levels and bring weight loss to a grinding halt.

2. Eat only good carbs.

If you want to lose 5 pounds quickly, you should limit your carb intake to "good carb" foods only. The best carbs you can eat are:
  • fresh or lightly cooked vegetables
  • fresh raw fruits
  • beans and legumes (make sure there's no added sugar ala most "baked beans" recipes!)
Starchy carbs such as grain products (breads, cereals, pastas, etc.), white potatoes, and rice should be avoided, at least for the first couple of weeks. Later, after you've begun to lose weight, they can be "rotated" back into your diet in a way that keeps your metabolism burning fat.

3. Eat a "clean burning" diet.

Focus on getting most of your calories from "clean burning" foods that your body processes efficiently. For most people these include: lean protein, fish, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, raw or roasted nuts and seeds, and good fats from virgin olive and coconut oils, avocado, oily fish, natural nut/seed butters, etc.

Try to break up every meal and snack into thirds: 1/3 protein, 1/3 veggies or fruits, 1/3 good carbs (mainly beans and legumes). After just a week on this kind of diet you should begin to look and feel great!

4. Remember healthy habits.

If you want to lose pounds quickly without exercise, you absolutely must follow a few healthy habit rules:
  • get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night
  • avoid alcohol and drugs
  • eat a small meal or snack every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism "hot" and avoid hunger
  • drink several large (like 5-8) glasses of water or unsweetened tea per day
These things may not seem very important for fast, healthy weight loss but I assure you they are absolutely vital!

So there you go: the steps anyone can take to lose 5 lbs fast. They are all safe and proven ways to help you lose body fat quickly and in a relatively easy, simple manner. Good luck!

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