Whether it’s for a wedding, class reunion, or your beach debut, there’s always an occasion to lose weight for. And while the definition of your big day comes in all shapes and sizes, you have only one in mind – one that can squeeze into that perfect dress, bikini or pair of pants. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way, and your diet falls to the wayside. No worries! We have a plan to help you feel more confident in your skin. Learn how to lose 10 pounds in just a few weeks.
Drink half your body weight in water.
No, we’re not saying take a dozen gallons to the face. But we would like you to try to drink half your body weight in ounces every single day. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you should try to drink 80 ounces of water (i.e. 10 cups). An easy way to sneak a serving or two in is to have a large glass of water before each and every meal. This will help curb your appetite and help you consume less calories. Do you have the munchies? Before you grab a snack, drink a glass of water. Our bodies often confuse thirst with hunger. You’ll not only feel better when you increase your water intake, but also look better. Staying hydrated is proven to clear skin and give it a healthy glow.
Say no to “S.”
Sugar, salt, and starches are the downfall of the average American’s diet. While we’re all about moderation, you should make the extra effort to cut these out for a few weeks before your big day. Sugar not only lurks in the extra whip of your favorite frappuccino. There’s hefty portions in pasta sauce and that flavored Greek yogurt you bring to work with you. Sugar is dangerous to your diet for two reasons: 1) it’s a simple carb that gives you a quick burst of energy and then makes you crash, and 2) the more sugar you eat, the more you crave. Speaking of sugar, did you know that’s what starch is made of? Yup, when your body digests potato chips, the starch is broken down into sugar molecules. Excess salt in your diet can leave you bloated… and lead to high blood pressure.
Press pause on processed food.
How do you feel after eating a bunch of processed food? Pretty crummy, right? Our bodies thrive when we eat whole foods like apples, celery, and carrots. When we indulge too much on sugary cereal, bagels, and pizza, our digestive system is riding the struggle bus. When your big day is quickly approaching, stick to eating only fruits and vegetables and avoid processed carbs. Organize your kitchen so that there’s always a healthy snack within reach. Do you have a dinner date that you can’t cancel? Here’s how to find something healthy on every menu.
Dinner and no movie.
Save calories (and money) by making your meals at home. Counting calories helps some people drop excess pounds while giving others so much anxiety that they give up with the diet all together. It doesn’t matter what method you use, just be mindful of your portions. When cooking, try distracting yourself with a glass of water or chewing gum. Many of us like to sample food while we’re cooking. Did you know that this seemingly harmless habit leads to consuming hundreds of extra calories a day? Once dinner is on the table, make sure there’s no distractions. That’s right, say goodbye to the television and your phone. Focus on the flavor of your food and conversation with your family.
Work hard, play hard.
You didn’t think that you could drop down to your dream weight without a little sweat, did you? Start ramping up your workouts by either time or intensity a few weeks before your big day. Swap your usual cardio workout for a challenging group fitness class. You’ll not only burn hundreds of calories per class, but it will make sure you stick to a workout schedule, if only for a few weeks. Remember that you can’t achieve the body you want with cardio alone. Try out these simple swaps for a more effective strength workout.
* Keep in mind that every body is different and what works for some may not work for others. Results may vary depending on your age, weight, genetics, etc.