Follow these 7 steps, and you could melt 5-8 pounds in two weeks:
1) A FISTFUL OF PROTEIN 3X A DAY
Aim for 4 to 6 ounces (about the size of your fist) of lean protein (chicken, fish, or egg whites) at every meal. In one study, people who got 30% of their day’s calories from protein ate 441 fewer calories than people who ate a 15% protein diet!
2) YOUR WEIGHT IN WATER
Take your body weight and divide it in half. Then drink that many ounces of water each day. Why? The rate at which you burn calories drops when you’re dehydrated.
3) THE SAFE METABOLISM BOOSTER
Substitute green tea for coffee. Compounds in it called catechins (the same stuff that’s in the calorie-burning soda Enviga) are believed to increaase your metabolism.
4) FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Celery, spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupes are at least 90% water, so they’ll help flush out your system and keep you hydrated. There’s nothing wrong with other fruits and vegetables, as even relatively dry bananas (76% water) are more hydrating than whole-wheat bread (35%) or almonds (7%).
5) SKIP THE NIGHTCAP
Your body treats alcohol as a toxin, so your liver processes alcohol calories before all others in an attempt to clean bad stuff from your bloodstream. As a result, the other calories you’ve gotten from food are more likely to be stored as fat.
6) NIX THE MILK AND CHEESE
Most women have some sort of lactose sensitivity, which means they get bloated from even small amounts of dairy products. Don’t nix calcium altogether; Take a supplement and get the nutrient from foods such as salmon and almonds.
7) SAY NO TO WHEAT
Even high-fiber whole-wheat or multi-grain bread can contribute to bloating. Feed your carb cravings with sweet potatoes, brown or wild rice, and wheat-free cereals.