Sometimes you really want to feel great in your body for that special occasion: hitting the beach, seeing that old friend, or fitting that one dress. There are a lot of options available that will help you quickly detox your body, burn fat or eliminate bloating and water retention.
The most important point is to start NOW. You can do it!
But regardless of how much weight you want to lose, and how quickly you want to lose it, the basic principles of permanent weight loss remain the same:
- Eat Clean & Low Carb
- Do effective HIITT workouts 3-5 times a week
- Use targeted exercises to tone a specific area (like thigh fat exercises ) where you have accumulated excess fat.
There are however some great hacks that can rev up that initial weight loss. The following ten tips cannot only help you lose weight, but will also make sure you keep it off for good.
How To Lose 10 Pounds In 1 Week
1. Drink Lemon Water Each Morning
A lemon drink is a great boost to your metabolism. You should stir three teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice into a glass of water. This should then be drunk as soon as you wake, before you have anything else to eat or drink. This drink is very effective at removing toxins from your body and will also help to cleanse your liver.
Ninja tip: a great alternative to lemon juice is Grapefruit Essential Oil, as Dr. Axe explains here:
2. Eat The Right Foods For Breakfast
Eating the right breakfast can help to set you up for the rest of the day. A combination of fruit and nuts is often the best choice. Stick with citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, and mix it up with some apples.
If you find that you are still feeling hungry after you have eaten your fruit, then eat some almonds or hazelnuts that will provide you with the good type of fat.
Ninja Tip: Make smoothies combining your favorite fruits and nuts, and you end up with a satisfying yet super slimming choice!
3. Your Lunch Should Be Full Of Healthy Fats and Protein
Opt for eggs wherever possible as this will provide you with the protein that you need. Greek yoghurt, coconut and avocadoes can also add some great protein and fats to your meals. Eating a lunch that is full of fat and protein can help to keep you full for at least four hours, which will see you through to the middle of the afternoon.
4. Healthy Snacking Is OK
There will probably come a point during the middle of the afternoon where you find yourself getting hungry. A snack at this point is a good idea because it can stop you overeating at dinner. As long as you ensure that the snack is healthy, then this will not slow down your weight loss, it can actually help to increase it. A ketogenic fat bomb like I mentioned before is a great example.
Ninja Tip: If you don’t have time to prepare your snacks, make sure you don’t fall into the quick junk food trap. Be prepared by always carrying some superfood bars in your bag, like these delicious gluten-free coconut bars with chia seeds by Health Warriors!
5. Don’t Eat Dinner Too Late
You need to give your body time to digest your dinner properly before you go to bed, and therefore it should really be eaten before 6pm, or as close to this time as possible. You should always leave at least an hour before eating and going to bed.
Ninja Tip: Stock up on a natural digestion tea to soothe your bowels and stimulate your metabolism – sipping dandelion root tea has become one of my favorite quiet down rituals before bedtime.
6. A Simple Dinner Is Adequate
Having some form of protein for your dinner, such as eggs with a salad is all that is required to provide you with the nutrients that you need for the end of the day. If you are going to have a dressing on your salad, make sure that it is oil based and stay away from any dressing that contains cream.
7. Start Drinking Green Tea
This is one of the best things that you can drink when you want to speed up your metabolism and lose weight. After dinner is the ideal time to drink it as you will not be having anything else to eat which would replace the calories that you are losing. It comes in a variety of flavors so you should find one that you enjoy drinking. I prefer the organic full leaf tea by Numi.
8. All Other Drinks Should Be Water Based
Water itself is the best choice, but stay away from artificially flavored water as this often contains high amounts of sugar. As an alternative, go for these easy-to-make fruit infused waters. If you are drinking tea and coffee then just keep an eye on the amount of milk that you are adding, as the calories in this can soon start to add up. If you usually have sugar in your tea or coffee, then try and use a non-toxic sweetener instead, like stevia or xylitol.
9. Workout At Least Twice A Week
These workouts should be moderate resistance as this will allow you to build up your muscle mass. There are a number of exercise plans that you can do at home, so you don’t necessarily need to join a gym. You can come a long way with just a small amount of exercise. You will also find a number of tips online for increasing the amount of exercise you can get by just making simple changes to your daily routine.
10. Give Yourself A Day Off
If you are constantly depriving yourself of your favorite foods, then you are going to find it hard to stick to your diet for any real length of time. Allowing yourself one day a week where you can eat this food can stop these feelings of deprivation. It can also help to keep your metabolism high, as over time it may slow if you become used to eating less calories.
Ninja tip: Just follow this!
Even when you know what to do, sometimes it’s hard to actually follow through. If you know this about yourself, it might be helpful to have something to guide you every step of the way, every day.
The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse
This Tea Cleanse will jump-start your metabolism, activate your fat-burning hormones, and bring balance, mentally and physicially. It has been developed from food journalist Kelly Choi and the authors of Eat This Not That.
In one week, you will
- lose up to 10 pounds of belly fat
- feel lean and light, without exercise
- reset your metabolism for long-lasting weight loss
- improve your sleep
- reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease
- beat stress and feel calm and energetic
If you prefer a structured program to hit your goal in a week, get the Kindle version on Amazon right here.
If you try sticking to this routine for one week, you may be surprised at the amount of weight that you have lost. And if you continue to follow this plan, you should continue to lose weight.