We’ve all heard the saying that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Just like it took you months and years to put on the excess weight, it will therefore take some time to lose it. Having said that, however, there are a number of neat that—if you consistently put into action—can kick-start the get-skinny process and help you lose weight in as little as 2 weeks. Yes, it is that quick, really, no joke. So, let’s get going.
1. DON’T CUT, JUST SWITCH
Many people, especially us women think cutting carbs is the be-all end-all weight-loss answer, but your body needs them to do its job and burn calories. The trick is to cut the refined bad carbs—sugar, white flour, starchy veggies like potatoes—and incorporate reduced amounts of healthy sources like veggies and legumes. But if you’re still looking to cut, then cut sugar—cutting sugar will reduce calories, lower your insulin levels and stimulate fat loss.
2. LOAD UP ON FIBER
While watching your carbs, ensure you’re getting plenty of fiber in the form of leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage, berries, celery, and mushrooms. This helps effectively eliminate waste so it’s not sticking around in your gut.
3. GET WARM AND TINGLY
Drink warm lemon water first thing every morning to prime your metabolism for the day. This will support detoxification and keep you regular. If you can handle it, try adding a pinch of cayenne and watch the fat burn.
4. GET FRESH, STEAMY AND CRUNCHY
Cut back on meat and grains for the next 2 weeks and fill your plate with steamed, roasted, grilled, sautéed, or stewed veggies which are packed with nutrients and will keep you full. Liven them up with various cooking oils and spices.
5. AVOID PROCESSED FOODS
You’ll avoid unnecessary calories from white flour, desserts, candy, soda, and dairy that offers little nutritional value, and also also the sodium that makes you all bloated and retain excess water.
6. DOUBLE UP YOUR MOVEMENTS
Your workouts don’t have to be long, you could do 20 minutes of cardio in the morning and some dumbbell exercises on lunch break or after dinner – but it must be done daily. The more quick workouts you can fit in, from 4-minute Tabata exercises to a 30 minute abdominal class, the better. Also, take the stairs whenever possible instead of using an elevator. You’ve heard it before, but simple changes like this are a great way to get incidental exercise, and burn calories without planning a workout.
7. SWEAT, SWEAT, SWEAT
Enjoy a bit of luxury “me time” in the hot tub or steam room and lose weight at the same time. Steaming and sweating will help to rid your body of toxins and water weight, plus it’s good for your skin!
8. DRINK ONLY WATER
You can have some coffee or tea before a workout for some extra energy. But no sports drinks, juice, or soda – they all have sugar. Spice up your water with sliced cucumber, mint leaves, belly-busting blueberries, lemon, or even fresh ginger. Plus, drink a glass of water before each meal to feel fuller and to avoid overeating. While water doesn’t have a magical fat-burning property, being hydrated can stop overeating, as many people confuse thirst with hunger.
9. DON’T SET THE ALARM
Sleep is the cornerstone of losing weight because of its impact it has on your hormones that affects fat storage and fat burning. The more sleep you get, the better your fat burning hormones work—as simple as it can get.