Make your chores more physical. For example, cut the grass with a push lawnmower, scrub the floors instead of using a mop, or hand-wash the dishes, clothes or your car. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, cleaning the house for two hours and 35 minutes burns more than 500 calories, depending on your weight. Every little bit of calories burned will help you lose weight in 10 days.
As funny as it sounds, sleep deprivation may make you fat — and not just because you’re susceptible to cases of the late-night munchies (although there’s that too). There’s tons of research that demonstrates getting less than the desired amount — about 7 hours — of sleep per night can slow down your metabolism. Plus, when you’re awake for longer, you’re naturally more likely to nosh. So don’t skimp on your ZZZs, and you’ll be rewarded with an extra edge when it comes to shedding pounds quickly.
Save time (and money) by skipping the gym and working out at home instead, suggests Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Keep some free weights by the TV or simply do crunches or lunges during your favorite show,” she says.
Preheat oven to 230c. Saute the onion, courgettes, garlic, thyme and a generous pinch of salt in oil for five minutes, until crisp but tender. Remove from heat and stir in the artichoke hearts, olives, and lemon juice and zest. Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper and nestle them in the vegetable mixture. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, until the cod is nearly opaque in the centre. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
If your schedule allows no time for structured workouts, find ways to sneak in more movement throughout the day. “If you can’t exercise all in one sitting at least try to break it up into intervals, such as three 10-minute segments,” says Dubost. Or wear a pedometer to track your steps, challenging yourself to take at 100 more steps than the day before, she adds. Easy ways to add more steps: “Get up from your desk and go for a short walk at least every 2 hours if not every hour and use the stairs instead of the elevator,” says Dubost.
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“Keep foods like fruits visible on the counter and put all else away. The foods that are visible will be eaten and those that are not will be forgotten about (or less likely to be eaten). Out of sight, out of mind.” — Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD
You can have unlimited vegetables during this Detox Diet Week, but sometimes (especially after a salad or a detox smoothie) you’ll just want something different. So below are some snack options and recipe links to keep you full and happy while doing this cleansing diet.
Burn more calories than you consume. You must create a 3,500-calorie deficit to lose a pound in a week. Because you only have 10 days, cut at least 500 calories from your diet and burn at least 500 calories through physical activity every day to lose approximately 2 pounds. Boost your amount of physical activity if you already follow a low-calorie diet. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, women should eat at least 1,200 calories a day and men should consume at least 1,800 calories.
In a low-carb diet, or a ketogenic diet (an extremely low-carb diet), you drastically reduce or completely eliminate the amount of glucose you eat. Once glucose has been eliminated from the body and there are no carbs available for your body to use for energy, the body will turn to stored fat instead, helping you lose weight fast.
“Research shows that people who regularly consume higher amounts of fiber have a 30 percent lower risk of obesity, regardless of how many calories they consume.” — Mark Langowski, celebrity trainer and author of Eat This, Not That! for Abs
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