7 Days to Slim: A Practical Guide to Feeling Lighter in a Week

Here is your actionable and practical approach to feeling lighter in just one week.

October 18, 2017
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Adapted from The Women’s Health Fitness Fix: Quick HIIT Workouts, Easy Recipes, and Stress-Free Strategies for Managing a Healthy Life

Don’t expect miracles, but by taking a practical approach you can look and feel lighter in as little as 7 days—without wrecking your metabolism.

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Sunday: Eliminate processed foods

If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, the food is off-limits. Or hit the produce aisle for foods with no label at all. 

Do it: Follow these 5 Strategies for Steering Clear of Processed Food to get started. 

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Monday: Lay off the sauce

Not only are alcoholic drinks dehydrating and high in calories, but they also make resisting nibbles difficult. (No shocker here: Studies prove women consume more calories after drinking.)

Do it: Instead, choose these 5 Drinks Nutritionists Count On to Lose Weight to sip your way slim. 

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Tuesday: Get a fiber fix

It may be tempting to nix all carbs, but don’t forgo fiber, a proven source of long-lasting satiety. Sprinkle flaxseed onto yogurt or add a few teaspoons of sliced almonds to your salad.

Do it: Along with almonds and flaxseed, use these 5 Ways to Sneak More Fiber Into Your Diet to get even more satisfaction. 

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Wednesday: Burn, baby, burn

Eating steadily throughout the day can prevent hunger—which makes you want to ravage anything in sight. Aim for three small meals (300 to 350 calories each) and two snacks (100 to 150 calories each).

Do it: Start by doing this Simple Way to Control Your Hunger, and then crush your cravings with these 5 Hunger Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking Another Bite.

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Thursday: Banish bloat

Broccoli, onions, and peppers cause gassiness and bloating. Stick to water-based produce like spinach and asparagus. Potassium-rich fruits like bananas and oranges also purge retained water. 

Do it: Slip the cruciferous vegetables. Instead, opt for these Top 15 Bloat-Busting Foods

 
 
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Friday: Flush it out

Cells retain water when they don’t have enough of it. Down 2 to 3 liters each day. Sip slowly and the water will hit your bloodstream rather than filter out through your kidneys, so you won’t have to pee every 5 seconds.

Do it: It's not easy to quickly increase your water intake, but use these 3 Ways to Fool Yourself Into Drinking More Water.

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The Big Day! Befriend protein

A healthy, protein-rich breakfast will fill you up and head off unnecessary snacking. Try one of the lightning-fast egg recipes

Do it: If you need more ideas, here are 50 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Back-to-School Mornings.