I have always been of the school of thought that it is best to lose weight steadily, so it enforces new habits, so when I see things like "how to lose 20 pounds in 14 days", I am sceptical. However, lately, I have been reading that fast weight loss can be just as effective. I suppose it makes sense as it must be more motivating to see that number on the scale get lower quickly than 1-2lbs a week. Of course, putting your body through an intensive short period of weight loss is a different kind of thing than completely overhauling your lifestyle in a long-lasting and sustainable way, but I think there is a time and place for both kinds of changes. If you are looking for an immediate impact, then here is how to lose 20lbs in 14 days!
Your main drink, preferably your only drink, for the 14 days should be straight up water. For quick weight, loss your goal is to consume as few calories as possible, so whilst things like smoothies are healthy, they also contain more calories than you would want for this plan. Stick to water, stay hydrated, stave off hunger cravings, and watch the pounds fall off.
You need to cut out all white grain products from your diet. This include things like white rice, spaghetti, sandwich rolls, white breads. This is because the carbs contained in these foods can cause bloating, which obviously is the opposite of what you are aiming for on a quick weight loss journey. Cut out carbs – it is only for 2 weeks – or at least cut down drastically and pile your plate with vegetables and salads (with only olive oil and vinegar as a dressing). Eat lean protein.
You should commit to doing at least thirty minutes of cardio a day, because cardio is the best form of exercise for weight loss. The quicker your heart rate is, the more calories you will burn. Something like kickboxing or boot camp style workouts are perfect because they engage pretty much every part of your body at the same time. Short bursts of cardio are better than sustained slower activity.
The one exception to the water rule that is recommended is for you to drink a cup of black coffee an hour or so before you start your cardio for the day. This will give the kind of energy boost that you need to be able to go full throttle in your exercise, which in the long run means that you will be burning more calories.
You can help to keep your metabolism ticking over at a fast pace by doing around 40 push-ups and lunges every other day. It will improve your muscle tone as well which is never a bad thing!
Getting just thirty minutes more sleep every night can really help to give you that extra boost of energy throughout the day, and energy is really important when you are going to be operating under a restricted calorie diet.
If you want to really push yourself and see big results in little time, then you could always try out a juice cleanse instead. These obviously aren’t sustainable for the long term, but if you commit to a two-week long cleanse, you may very well lose those extra twenty pounds you have been carrying.
You can even add exercise to your sex life by making the effort to be on top whenever you do it. Being on top provides a much bigger physical challenge and works out lots more muscles than, for example, being underneath your partner for the missionary position. On another note, sex releases feel good endorphins that can help to stave off food cravings.