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7 Surefire Ways To Shed 7 Pounds In 14 Days

Aug 10, 2008
The search for ways to speed up your weight loss is over. With these seven tips, you can be seven pounds lighter in the next two weeks. Be ready to make some changes, but your thinner self will thank you.

Make water your best friend

While it should come as no surprise that water is your best weapon in weight loss, some still haven't caught on. By increasing your water consumption to six to eight glasses a day, you will help you body flush out toxins that are impeding the weight that you want to lose.

Water helps to speed digestion as well as many other processes in your body. And if your body is running more smoothly, then you can burn more calories along the way.

A new appetizer

If you're looking to cut back on the foods that you're eating, here's a trick that works for anyone. Start your lunches and dinners off with a small cup of soup. Of course, the soup shouldn't be cream based; a broth will work very well.

The warm soup will help to make your stomach feel fuller so that you eat less at the meal that follows.

This is also a good trick if you are going out to eat. Have that bowl of soup before you go to curb your temptation for larger portions.

Take away the salt

A lot of the extra weight people carry is due to a large intake of salt. Salt can be found in many of the things that we consider healthy, frozen lunches, canned soups, and condiments.

Take some time over the next two weeks to look at the labels of the things that you eat to see how much salt (as sodium) are in the foods that you have been eating. Avoiding prepackaged foods is the best way to remove the salt from your diet.

Take away the sugars

While we don't want to admit it, sugar is keeping us overweight and unhappy. And sugar isn't just a candy bar or a milkshake, it's also in the white breads and pastas that we love.

But if you want to lose weight, it's time to find better ways of eating. This can include switching to brown rice and whole wheat bread. And of course, limiting your sugary snacks to once in a great while.

Get moving

When you're trying to lose weight, you need to start exercising. If you haven't exercised before, you're in luck. Studies have shown that you can walk just a few times a week and burn the calories that you want to burn.

Thirty minutes day is the best way to lose seven pounds in two weeks, but if you don't have that much time, try to split it up over the course of the day, say ten minutes three times a day, or just try to fit in three good thirty minute walks a week.

Slow down

One of the main things that trigger overeating is not taking time for yourself. When you're trying to lose weight, it's essential that you set aside a little time each day for you and you alone. By giving yourself some quiet time, you'll be able to slow down and remember that you're worth the extra effort that you're putting in to lose weight.

Just like mom said

And don't forget about your fruits and veggies. Though fruits do contain sugar, they also contain fewer calories than your traditional sugary snacks.

If you really want to jumpstart some weight loss, eat steamed vegetables at every meal. Not only do they have a slightly diuretic effect (makes you lose water weight), but they also energize your body to keep making great choices.

When you want to lose weight, you need help, but with these tips, you have everything you need.

4) Drink Cold Water

Evidence shows that your body might expend more calories trying to raise cold water to the temperature of your body then hot beverages. And overall being well hydrated will help your body's metabolic processes burn quicker.

5) Exercise With Weights

Training with weights boosts your metabolism in a number of ways. By lifting weights you will build muscle tissue. And muscle tissue is metabolically active, so it requires calories even when at rest and so it helps to increase fat-burning enzymes in your body.

6) Spice up

Eating hot spices might speed up your metabolism. Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can help boost metabolism and keep blood sugar levels in check. Can't stand the thought of cinnamon in your morning cup of coffee? Spice up with cayenne, crushed red pepper or wasabi.

7) Eat More Protein

Protein requires a more complex chemical breakdown by your body in order to be digested and used as fuel. For example, 100 calories of protein may take up to 30 calories to process.

Protein also takes longer to digest and helps to stabilize blood sugar for longer periods of time and this can help you to not overeat later in the day.

Eat a portion of protein at every meal and as part of your snacks and you will increase the total number of calories you burn each day.

Getting a handle on your cravings is not an all-or-nothing proposition.
About the Author
Kimberly Thomas writes articles within the weight loss industry.Learn how to lose the healthyway at http://www.edietfactory.com
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