The good news is that it is possible to lose 5 pounds a week. Although you cannot expect to lose this amount of weight each week throughout the duration of your weight loss plan, it is possible to drop 5 pounds during some weeks--you just have to adopt some simple rules and stick to them. Willpower and determination are key here; you have to make up your mind to follow the rules. If you do this then you will see results--fast. Another thing to remember is that although it may be possible to lose 5 pounds a week by diet alone, you can speed up results and maybe lose even more by adding exercise to your lifestyle. Engaging in some mild cardio for 20-30 minutes three times a week will drastically increase the amount of weight you lose and how visible the results will be.
The following is a list of easy tips that should help you reach the goal of losing 5 pounds a week.
1. Mini Meals
By substituting three large meals a day for five or six small meals spaced out accordingly, you will give your metabolism an almighty boost! Cutting down on the size of your meals means that your body works harder to burn off this fuel instead of storing it as fat. Mini meals also keep hunger at bay as you should be eating every 2-3 hours. You’ll burn more calories, feel more energized and drop those pounds before you know it.
2. Drink Water
Replacing your sodas and juices with water, and drinking an extra couple of glasses a day is a wonderful way to increase your weight loss. Drinking water increases the rate you burn calories and helps you feel fuller, longer. It also helps to stop water retention.
3. Cut Down on Carbs
Reducing the number of carb-laden goodies in your diet is a sure-fire way to shed those pesky pounds. You don’t have to cut carbs out entirely; simply limit your intake by only eating a certain amount a day or not eating them after 6pm.
4. Say Goodbye to Alcohol
Alcohol is one of the main sources of empty calories. It is quickly absorbed into the body, and overindulging can quickly lead to weight gain. By cutting out alcohol and replacing it with low-calorie drinks (or better yet, water) you can be assured that shedding 5 pounds a week will be just that bit more achievable.
5. Cut Down on Wheat
Wheat causes bloating...and bloating leads to weight gain. Some might argue that giving up wheat isn’t so easy, but the good news is that there are so many wheat-free alternatives available today that with the right choices, you may not even miss it!
6. Sayonara Sugar
This needs no explanation. Sugar begets fat and fat begets weight gain, and weight gain is the antithesis of what we’re trying to achieve. Skip the sweet stuff whenever you can. You'll improve your overall blood sugar levels and be well on your way to losing weight.