Are you trying to get ready for a beach trip, wedding, reunion or photo shoot? If you want to lose the last few stubborn pounds and make sure you keep the weight off for good we have some guidelines you can follow. Read on for our tips and tricks on how to get skinny and slim down in a week.
1. Drink only water.
One way to get rid of those pesky extra calories is to stop drinking anything but water.
* Sports drinks, sodas and alcoholic beverages don’t satisfy hunger and just add empty calories.
Even diet drinks can have negative consequences on your weight.
* Drinking two 8 oz. glasses of water before each meal will help you to fill up your stomach so that you don’t overeat.
* Purchase a refillable water bottle and bring it with you wherever you go. That way, you can continue to hydrate yourself throughout the day without going for sugary drinks or sodas.
2. Stop eating white grains and dairy products
By eliminating foods that cause bloating, you will be able to look skinnier in no time.
*Carbohydrates cause bloating, especially around your stomach where it will be most visible.
*Simple carbohydrates are also easier to digest, so they leave you hungrier even though you’ve consumed plenty of calories.
*Dairy can also cause bloating, especially for those with lactose intolerances or allergies.
*Look for dairy-free products when you’re grocery shopping. If you can’t live without cheese, there are soy-based substitutes that you can use to curb your cravings.
3. Eat fiber.
Having a lot of fiber in your diet helps you feel full sooner and for a longer period of time. It also moves fat through the digestive system so that less of it is absorbed into your body.
*Swap out your morning bowl of cereal with oatmeal or some greek yogurt sprinkled with flaxseed instead.
*Instead of pasta, add fiber rich foods like dry beans and vegetables to your diet.
4. Eat plenty of vegetables.
Complex carbohydrates in vegetables are digested more slowly than the carbohydrates in pizza and bread.
Vegetables also have a lot of water, so they help get rid of excess water weight.Because vegetables are high in volume but low in calories, eating them will help you feel full faster while consuming less calories overall.
5. Skip dessert.
Not only does dessert usually add extra calories when you are already satisfied and full, the high amounts of sugars and carbohydrates can also lead to bloating.
*If you have a craving for something sweet, opt for fruit or a small square of dark chocolate instead.
*Avoid places that can trigger your sugar cravings such as your favorite bakery, restaurant, the bakery section of the grocery store, or the candy section of the drugstore.
6. Slow down when you eat.
When you lead a busy lifestyle, you often end up wolfing down food in your car, at your desk or while standing. This doesn’t allow your body to let you know when it’s full.
*When you eat slower, you give your brain the time to communicate with your stomach and tell you that it’s time to stop eating.
*When you feel satisfied with your meal, stop eating.