I’ve lost count of the number of articles I’ve seen with those tempting titles “Lose 10 lbs in 4 days”, “Firm the flab fast”, “Get a bikini body in just 10 days”. They’re so seductive aren’t they? Yet I want to shout “Liar, Liar pants on fire!” because any weight loss of more than 1 to 2 lbs a week is not fat loss. It’s just water that you’ll put straight back on – or even worse, pure solid muscle – the stuff that burns calories!
But what can you do in 7 days then?
- You can kick start your weight loss program by starting to eat a healthier diet so that you lose those 1 or 2 lbs of fat this week
- You can begin a fitness program which will take you to a leaner, stronger, fitter body in a few short months
- You can set some realistic goals and think about why you want to lose weight so you can keep your motivation strong when the going gets tough
- You can turf all the fattening stuff out of your fridge, freezer and kitchen cupboards
- You can get rid of all your unflattering fat clothes, keeping just a few good things and clear out space for a fantastic new slim wardrobe
- You can look out some new healthy recipes
- You can explain your plans to your family and friends and ask for their support so they don’t offer you tempting treats or drag you out for pizza (or at least understand when you say “No, not tonight”)
- You can buy some running or walking shoes and sports gear and get ready for action
- You can start to become more aware of everything you eat and how you feel before and after so that you can work out why you overeat.
- You can start to eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are just satisfied rather than stuffed.
Oh yes! You can do a whole lot in 7 days – not in physical weight loss – although every pound or two counts, but in getting yourself ready to make the changes leading to the body of your dreams. This week you can begin the habits of a lifetime which will have you looking and feeling like a new person. Why not start today?Copyright 2005, Janice Elizabeth Small
Janice Elizabeth is a weight loss coach, slimming club owner and author of “The Diet Exit Plan”, an 8 week coaching program for automatic permanent weight loss. Request her FREE 15 page report “How to lose weight without dieting – 7 secrets the diet industry doesn’t want you to know” at http://www.SimplySlimming.com TODAY!