Thursday, February 5, 2009

How to Lose Weight in a Week

Have you waited to the last minute to lose those few extra pounds? Need to drop a pant size to fit into that new outfit? Only have a week to get rid of some of that ugly belly fat before the big pool party?

If you closely follow the steps outlined below you can easily lose weight in a week... at least 5 to 10 pounds!

1. Get mad and set your mind.

Stand in front of a mirror and grab your flab with both hands. Get mad a at it. Allow it to create mental energy and motivation to lose weight quickly. Now create a simple goal statement. Something like: "I will lose 5 pounds in 7 days by eating clean and exercising efficiently". Read that goal daily and focus on it constantly for the entire week.

2. Do a 1-day lemon water fast.

For a 24 hour period don't eat or drink anything except pure spring water with lots of fresh lemon juice squeezed into it. This is a simple "detox" fast that will help you lose a pound or two while cleansing your body and boosting your energy.

3. Eat a "plant and protein" diet.

For the entire week eat only lean proteins, fish, and fibrous "good" carbs -- mainly vegetables and fruits. Also eat some nuts and seeds each day, preferably unsalted. Try to get 50% of your calories from raw foods, especially raw veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Every other day eat a big serving of beans or legumes. Avoid ALL processed foods, including refined sugars, flours, and fats. Also avoid whole grains and dairy during this week.

4. Do short, intense workouts.

Do 4 short, intense, interval-based workouts during the week. Do about 10 minutes of "full body" strength training using bodyweight exercises (e.g. pushups, pullups, dips, squats, lunges, crunches, etc.) and 10 minutes of high-intensity interval training (aka HIIT cardio). This will burn lots of fat and cause your body to produce powerful steroid-like hormones that burn fat even while you're sleeping!

5. Take support supplements.

Every day take the following supplements: whey protein powder, omega 3 fats, and a good multivitamin. Forget about those "fat burners" you see sold everywhere. Most are just caffeine with some vitamins thrown in. If you need a pre-workout energy boost drink some black coffee, green tea, and/or a sugar-free energy drink.

That's it! Follow the steps above and you could lose a lot of weight in just a week. Good luck!

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