An upcoming wedding, a vacation where the bathing suit’s sure to come out, a high school graduation – everyone has times when they need to shed a few pounds, fast. In this case, the emphasis isn’t on losing weight permanently, but rather on dropping a couple of pounds to look better for an event, even if those pounds return later. So how can you achieve temporary, quick weight loss for a specific occasion without risking your health?
1. Don’t Go On a Crash Diet
Dropping your calories too dramatically will cause your body to desperately cling to its fat, while burning muscle. Meanwhile, you’ll be depriving yourself of the vital nutrients that you need to stay healthy. Basically - you won’t feel well, and you won’t lose weight quickly. Drop your calories by a reasonable amount – don’t drop under 1,000 calories per day for woman or 1,500 calories per day for men. However, you should try to get those calories from healthier foods to stay satisfied and to reduce unhealthy trans fats and refined carbohydrates.
2. Cut Back on Salt
Too much salt in the diet can cause your body to retain water, which can add pounds and make your body look soft and puffy. Cutting way back on salt can help you drop that excess water for quick weight loss. Use other spices and salt substitutes to keep your food tasting great.
3. Eliminate Sodas and Alcohol
Sodas and alcohol are calorie bombs that contribute no useful vitamins or minerals to your diet, but contain plenty of sugars and calories. Stick to water and unsweetened ice tea or iced coffee for the duration of your diet.
4. Exercise Daily
Burn off extra calories by getting in some exercise every day. This doesn’t have to be a trip to the gym; raking your yard, mopping your floors, or spending half of your lunch hour at work taking a relaxing walk will get your body moving, your metabolism rising, and your calories burning.
5. Drink Lots of Water
Not only does water help keep you from getting hungry (and many hunger pains are actually symptoms of dehydration in disguise), but drinking a good amount of water every day helps to flush out toxins in your system. Water is the key to quick weight loss and to looking great - fast.