Whenever we mention losing 10 pounds in a week, people tend to look at us with their crazy eyes and wonder what in the world we’re thinking. Sure, it sounds like a truly difficult feat to accomplish, but it’s definitely not impossible to do. It takes a lot of sacrifices, tons of dedication and exemplary commitment to get it done, but you can do it if you’re serious about making a change in your life and in your health. If you’re serious about dropping 10 pounds in just 7 days, these are the things that you’re going to have to make sure you accomplish.
Eat Less Than You Burn in 24 Hours
It should go without saying that if you’re aim is to lose 10 pounds in a week, that you’re going to have to create a pretty large caloric deficit for yourself. In simpler terms, you’re going to have to burn much more calories than you eat in a day or take in much fewer calories than you burn in the span of a day. This is probably the most basic secret to weight loss, and although it’s simple in theory, it’s definitely much harder to apply in real life as we all know. A single pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories so you’ll need to be burning about 5000 calories a day to lose your desired weight within the given time of 7 days.
Make Water Your Main Beverage Choice
Okay, let’s make this clearer. Water shouldn’t just be your main choice of beverage. It should be your only choice of beverage. Drinking water, especially when you’re trying to lose weight, is absolutely essential. We’d go as far to saying that water is a dieter’s best friend. Any other kind of beverage could and should be labelled your personal enemy throughout this week-long period of weight loss. Drink water doesn’t just keep you hydrated, it also makes sure that you stay full and avoid binge eating or indulging in cravings. Also, staying hydrated makes sure that your metabolic rate stays up.
Ditch Every Form of Carb Possible
Simple and refined carbohydrates are delicious but they’re terrible for weight loss. If you really want to lose 5 to 10 pounds in a week, you’re going to have to sacrifice every single carb in your life to reach your goal. The usual carbs to stay away from are bread, rice, pasta and potatoes, but carbs can actually also be found in foods like honey, molasses, syrup, fruits and packaged cereals. Cutting all forms of carbohydrates from your diet is a huge factor in losing the weight you desire to lose.
Choose Lean Meat
Carbs aren’t the only enemy to weight loss. Meat can actually be a huge contributor to calories in our diets as well, especially if we’re not smart about what meats we eat. Red meat can be very high in fat which means ingesting more calories than we need. The best thing to do is to choose red meat that is 98% lean. If you’re really committed, the optimal weight to cut the weight is to eat chicken breast with no skin or opt for fish instead. You can also cut meat out of your diet altogether and consume edamame or tofu as your protein instead. Trust us, cutting meat does wonders for weight loss.
Practice the King-Prince-Pauper Principle for Your Meals
There is a popular phrase that made its rounds amongst dieters for a while that goes like this, “Eat like a king for breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a pauper for dinner.” It’s an accurate phrase to use and apply to your diet, especially if you’re trying to drop 10 pounds in just a week. Jump-start your metabolism with a nice, nutritionally balanced breakfast that will give you the energy to last until lunch. Additionally, make dinner that lightest and smallest meal of your day. One sample meal plan would be to eat an egg-white omelet loaded with spinach and chicken breast for breakfast. Add to this a serving of banana and even some fresh berries to really give your morning a nutritional edge. For lunch, have a serving of salmon alongside a salad (vinaigrette dressing please!) and a half serving of quinoa. Snack on a handful of nuts to tide you over for dinner, which is a stir-fry of your favorite vegetables.
Walk as Much as You Can
The average person is supposed to get about 10,000 steps in daily to maintain good health. It should go without saying, therefore, that if you really want to drop 10 pounds in a week, you’re going to want to be walking everywhere that you possibly can. Whether you need to run to the bank, go for a grocery trip or get to the 2nd floor from your ground floor office, walk. This isn’t just great for your overall cardiovascular health, it’s also fantastic to help you shed the weight you want to. If you’re lazy and have a hard time convincing your body to walk, then try to look at each opportunity to walk as a means to get closer to your weight loss goals. Sooner or later, you’ll learn to love it and we’ll even go as far as to bet that your body will look for it.
Make Time to Work Out
90 percent of the weight loss battle is fought in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect exercise. After all, as we mentioned earlier, you’re going to need to be burning quite a bit of calories to reach your goals. When you work out, choose exercises that will give you the most bang for your buck, so to speak. Make use of those cardio machines that people tend to avoid at the gym, try some cross training to burn calories and build strength and endurance at the same time, or even try some dance classes. Our favorite, however, definitely has to be interval training. Not only do you get awesome post-workout caloric burn, you’ll also get more out of 30 minutes than you will elsewhere.