Can I Lose Weight in a Week?

The clock is ticking! I have an important date in a week and I'm nervous! Can I lose weight in a week?
Have you ever been in that situation? I have and it's no fun. But there is hope, especially if you're truly committed and willing to work for it. A hot date's a good motivator, so let's see how serious you are, let's see if you can lose weight in a week!

The trick involves two basic things. For most people, if you really want to lose weight in a week, you need to decrease your caloric intake and increase you metabolism.

Yes, you've heard it before, eat less and exercise more. But if you're in reasonable condition, and you can hit it hard, with a little rigorous exercise, you really can lose weight in a week.

I have to admit, the fastest way I've done it is using a low-carb diet. With this system, I didn't actually reduce the amount of calories I took in, but I did shift my metabolism by cutting out carbs. This causes your body to start burning fat. A low-carb diet can do that in pretty fast. I've done it a few times and the metabolic shift usually happens after about three days of eating less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day.

I was able to kick that rapid weight loss into high gear with exercise. I've tested this, done it without exercise and with exercise. I've even tested it with moderate exercise compared to rigorous exercise.
But low-carb diets are controversial. They have worked for me, and I've been able to lose weight even faster when I did some fairly rigorous cardio exercise, like running four miles three or four times a week, or biking. It's cool, kind of like turbo-charging your weight loss!

You never go hungry with a low-carb diet, but there are side effects, like bad breath. And I've never been able to keep the weight off for more than a year because I always go back to my old eating habits (not to mention beer).

If you don't want to go the low-carb diet route, just reduce your calories to 800 or 1,000 a day. Then exercise a lot! Rigorous cardio exercise will boost your metabolism and burn fat. It also adjusts your resting metabolism so your system is more inclined to burn calories even when you're not exercising.
One diet commonly mentioned for rapid weight loss is Fat Loss 4 Idiots. We have a review of this diet, along with four more at our weight loss site. Follow the link below to find those reviews and more ideas on how you can lose weight in a week.

After years of dieting, Dana Keith has become an expert on diet and nutrition. She figured out what it takes to stay slim, and now she helps others lose weight, feel better and enjoy life more!

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