5 Ways To Lose 5 Pounds (or more) In 5 Days
I am a very impatient person.
When I order something from Amazon I want it on my doorstep that afternoon.
When I make up my mind on what I want for dinner, I don’t want to wait for it to be prepared.
If I think up a project to start at home, I want it done that weekend, which also means I usually screw something up.
I also like to know ways to improve my body in very short periods of time.
I’m assuming you do too, so to honor your impatience, here are…
5 Ways To Lose 5 Pounds (or more) In 5 Days
Oh and this is another hefty article, so put your reading pants on, grab a glass of water, turn the television off and get on gettin’ on!
1. Remove all calorie-containing drinks and drink ONLY water.
This one is pretty simple, at least in theory. Calorie containing drinks are empty calories that do nothing but make you fat (unless you’re having homemade smoothies, which are great).
If you’re a pop drinker, cut it out.
If you add cream or sugar to your coffee, cut it out.
If you have a glass, or 2, of wine every night, cut it out.
If you drink a couple beers every night, cut it out.
Cut out ALL calorie-containing drinks and replace them with water.
But that’s not all…
If you’re in the habit of drinking zero-calorie drinks like diet pop, bottled tea, flavored bottled waters, sports drinks, etc.. – basically anything that can be found at a convenience store – cut them out too.
I want you to cut out ANY drink that has artificial sweeteners.
Some may scoff at this, but I have my reasons, other than just being mean. There is research showing that artificial sweeteners may in fact make you hungry because they wonk up your insulin response.
I’ve also found, both in my own experience and that of my clients, that zero-calorie bottled drinks also lead to bloating. Bloating is water retention, water retention is needless weight.
If you have made a habit of drinking these zero-calorie drinks on a regular basis you may be surprised just how much water weight you retain. I’ve had clients lose 8 pounds in a single week just by following this one simple trick.
Do it. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Completely remove bread ( including all wheat-based foods) and dairy.
This one is going to be the tough one, but it works.
You should completely understand the bread and wheat-based foods one. It’s a useless calorie-source that many people’s digestive system just can’t handle, plus it leads to an increase in fat storage.
If you do it, you will lose weight, and if you do it right, you will never go back because you’ll feel so great and realize you don’t really need them…but you have to be diligent in order to break your body’s addiction to them.
One thing you may notice if you REALLY want to do this, is that you may suffer some withdrawal symptoms – similar to caffeine or nicotine withdrawal. Wheat-based foods can effect your brain in the same way as opiates, which means they are addicting.
If you are addicted to wheat-based foods you may suffer from headaches, irritability, feeling like you have absolutely zero energy, and an unwavering desire to consume something processed like bread or crackers.
Fight that urge.
If you do suffer from that it should be a pretty good indicator to NEVER go back to consuming wheat-based foods
The second one, dairy, may be a head scratcher for many, but I have my reasons.
I won’t get into the hormones, antibiotics and flat out bad stuff that happens at many dairy farms and instead just tell you that a large percentage of the population can’t properly digest dairy.
If you can’t properly digest it, you will have inflammation, bloating and an increase in fat storage.
Cut out the dairy for a week and see how you look and feel. If you’re like most, you’ll look great and feel better.
If you love yogurt, just cut it out for a week, and then if you decide to go back make absolutely sure you get Greek yogurt, or all-natural no sugar added yogurts. Shoot for the plain varieties and then add sweet stuff to it like berries and/or stevia because plain yogurt is gross.
If you’re a milk drinker, just cut it out. You don’t need it. Seriously. There’s no reason for you to drink milk. Calcium? Nope, you can get that from a whole host of other foods, including broccoli. Protein? Nope, you can get that from nuts, lean meats, seeds. Vitamin D is added and you can find that in an inexpensive supplement. There is no nutritional need for you, or your kids, to have cow’s milk.
Swap it out for coconut milk or almond milk, but please don’t do soy. Soy milk is bad, and I don’t have enough room here to get into it…just don’t do it.
Oh and by the way, the major dairy lobbying organizations have been fighting hard to convince the USDA to allow the dairy industry to add artificial sweeteners like aspartame to their products WITHOUT putting it on the label.
Nice, huh? They want to add an artificial sweetener that is proving to be pretty nasty, feed it to you and your kids, and do it without your knowledge, and without ever having to tell you it’s there.
3. Stop eating after 6:00pm (see the end for a different end time option)
This is more of a behavior thing than the evening having some “magical” power.
I’ve been doing this long enough to see trends in the clients who struggle to lose weight, and by far the biggest is snacking at night, AFTER eating a full dinner.
The 2 biggest causes are boredom and staying up past the point your body wants to go to sleep.
Many people work, work, work, then when they get home the house is hectic with kids activities, home work, etc. And then come a certain point there’s nothing to do. You essentially go from 100 to 0 in no time flat and your body, and mind, doesn’t know what to do. You think you’re bored, and to fix that boredom you reach for a snack to occupy your mind. Problem is it’s making you fat.
You could also be like the other person who insists on staying up long past your body’s natural “bed time,” and when you do that your body will naturally crave simple carbohydrates.
Because it needs energy and simple carbohydrates are the best source for quick energy. The problem is they’re also the best way to make you jiggly and fat.
If that’s you, then make it a rule to STOP eating after 6:00pm. Eat your dinner, then nothing else. Sip on calorie-free drinks, but consume zero calories.
Now let’s answer the question I’m sure many have. What if you don’t eat dinner until 7 or 8pm?
Then stop eating after dinner. If you get moving a little later, which means you also eat dinner a little later, then just use that as your end time. This is a flexible one depending upon your life.
All I’m trying to tell you is STOP snacking after dinner because it’s making you, or at the very least keeping you, fat.
4. Double Your Fiber Intake
Fiber can do one of two things, depending on the source. One, it “bulks” which means it expands in your stomach. That’s a fancy way of saying you can’t eat as much, which makes fiber nature’s appetite suppressant (take that supplement industry!). If you can’t eat as much, you’ll take in fewer calories. If you take in fewer calories, you’ll lose weight…quickly.
Fiber’s second function is to keep things moving through your digestive system.
How do I put this nicely?
Most people’s digestive systems are a complete disaster. IBS is a huge problem with ladies and a fair amount of guys have a huge amount of “sludge” sitting in their bowel.
Neither of those are good, and many of the problems can be fixed quite easily – add fiber (and probiotics).
Note: Click here if you’d like to learn more or start taking probiotics.
The fiber will keep things moving along, which means you’re less likely to store “sludge” in your intestines, which is just waste adding numbers to the scale…and possibly making you sick.
Here’s another little tidbit about digestion.
Much of your water absorption happens in your large intestine (bowel), which means it squeezes the substance to get the water out.
This is all fine and dandy if you are “regular,” (i.e. Pooping on a regular basis), but if you’re not regular your intestines will continue to squeeze that substance in order to pull water.
If it keeps pulling water, it makes that substance harder and harder, and makes it tougher and tougher to push on out…
… which means constipation and a back-up of waste product just sitting in your bowel.
It wants out. It needs out. Increase your fiber, drink more water, and get it out.
Have an apple or pear as a mid-morning snack, along with a small handful of almonds. Both have a decent amount of fiber, plus water and other nutrients.
While you’re waiting to eat dinner snack on broccoli dipped in hummus.
Have a spinach salad for lunch every day.
Have a homemade smoothie for breakfast that’s loaded with berries and some ground flax.
Before going out for dinner have a small fiber-rich snack, like a handful of homemade trail mix consisting of almonds, pistachios and raisins.
Add blueberries, raspberries or sliced strawberries to a serving of all-natural vanilla yogurt.
Have oatmeal for breakfast and top it with berries.
You’ll be amazed how easily the weight falls off if you run with this trick.
But don’t forget to drink more water – WATER – when adding fiber to your diet.
5. Start Your Day With 2 Short, But Intense, Workouts
I’m a big fan of “book ending” your day with workouts. It starts your day off right by boosting your energy and your natural fat burning hormones, keeps your metabolism “primed” through the morning and keeps your “bad” appetite in check.
The second workout is a perfect way to end your day by helping you to de-stress and unwind, plus it will keep your “bad” appetite in check. Oh, before I get questions, don’t truly “end” your day with the second one. I don’t want you to do an intense workout right before bed. When I say “end” I mean end the productive part of your day. Do it before your last meal, or an hour or two before heading to bed. It won’t mess up your sleep cycle, and you may find that it actually helps you sleep better
So what do I mean by “short and intense?”
Shoot for 7-10 minutes each and make sure it’s something that works your entire body and makes you breathless; so that means cardio machines are out, as is running and biking.
We’re talking resistance here, not thousands of reps for your legs.
Here are a couple simple options. Both of these are circuits and you are to do the circuit as many times possible in 7-10 minutes. The less rest, the better.
1A) Push-up – 10 reps
1B) Overhead Bodyweight Squat – 15 reps
1C) Plank Extension – 8 reps/arm
1D) Burpee – 8 reps
1A) Burpee w/Push-up – 6 reps
1B) 1 ½ Stationary Lunge – 12 reps/leg
1C) Mountain Climber – 12 reps/leg
1D) Dive Bomber – 8 reps
So there you go!
5 ways to lose 5 pounds (or more) in only 5 days.
Depending on your current lifestyle you may only have to add 1 of those tactics, or you may need to add 2 or 3.
If you look through those and they all ignite a little light bulb, then try to add all 5. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing that.
It’s a simple way to kick start your fat loss journey and get off the yo-yo.
Some may think the one about removing wheat-based foods and dairy is extreme, but it’s really not. All I ask is you give it a try for a week – one measly week – and see how you look and feel.
If you feel good, push it to two weeks, or do extra research to see WHY you feel so good.
Let me know if you have any questions.