by Terry Goodman
It was a long, harsh winter but, before you know it, summer’s right around the corner and you need to learn how to lose weight fast to fit into your bathing suit, and do it now! I know how you feel. You got the invitation for a pool party in an email a few weeks ago and you ‘bookmarked’ it in your mental calendar. Unfortunately, your mental calendar’s alarm failed to go off and you just got a reminder email. The summer pool party that was a month away is now only three days away!
You’re in a state of panic. The bathing suit you bought on sale at the end of last summer fit you perfectly then. But now it’s tugging in wrong ways and stretching in unusual places… you just want to throw it back in the drawer and plan on wearing baggy khaki shorts and a loose-fitting blouse! Wow, sexy. While you’re hanging around under some umbrella with the rest of the khaki group, there’s a crowd in the pool, splashing away, looking good in their new bathing suits and slim bodies. If only you had planned. You only needed to lose five or six pounds to feel confident enough to dive in the pool with the rest of the sun bunnies. Too bad.
Don’t despair. If you really only need to lose five or six pounds in a few days, and your diet hasn’t been very good over the winter, then you can definitely do it safely and enjoyably. Don’t panic. When most people discover they need to squeeze into a specific outfit in a few days and need to lose weight fast, they start by starving themselves, then they go to the gym and put in a double workout, then they take diet pills, finally they suffer. Changing your body’s normal routine drastically can play havoc on your system. Do not attempt any severe diet plans. You’ll later regret it.
If you want to know how to lose weight fast, like five or six pounds in a few days, the best place to start is at home in your kitchen. Whatever you do, do not eat any processed food from the store. This means most canned and frozen food, as well as store-cooked deli food. Why do you want to avoid this type of food? Because it’s loaded with salt. And salt retains water in your body. And water takes up weight and space. It’s important for your body to have some salt to function properly, but the amount that’s in just one serving of most processed foods, equals the entire amount you should have in a day.
But you looked at the label and didn’t see any salt in the product. Common table salt is simply sodium chloride. Sodium in several different forms is used as flavoring and preservatives. Some common examples are: sodium nitrite, sodium nitrate and monosodium glutamate. The first two are preservatives and the third enhances flavor. Avoid these as much as possible. An occasional hot dog at a ball game won’t hurt you, but enjoy in moderation.
Be sure the food you eat has no added salt or sodium. It’s best to buy fresh. Frozen vegetables are usually fine, too, as long as they’re not in some flavored sauce. Buy good, fresh protein (chicken, fish, lean beef) and vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, squash and other high-fiber ones. Fresh fruit is good, too, but be careful not to eat too much because the high-sugar content means higher calories.
When you prepare and eat these foods, don’t add any salt. I’ve found that a good flavor substitute for salt is vinegar. I especially like balsamic and apple cider vinegar. I keep some in small spray bottles, then when I’m ready to eat my vegetables, just a few sprays on top gives it a nice, tangy kick. You can also experiment with some of your other favorite spices. There are also natural, amino acid sprays (you can usually find them at health food stores) that taste similar to soy sauce, but without the salt. I keep a bottle in my refrigerator and it’s great on salads!
To help coax the excess salt and water out of your system, try drinking natural diuretics, which accelerate the rate of urination. Many of the over-the-counter diet pills contain chemical diuretics, which are harsh on your system. Some natural ones I recommend using when you want to lose weight fast are: green tea, lemon juice in water and cranberry juice. There are certain foods which help control water retention, too. Asparagus, cucumber, oats, tomatoes and all types of melon are very good at this and contain few calories.
Just like any other aspect of life, it’s best not to freak out when you discover you need to fit into that special outfit in just a few days. Relax, drink some green tea and imagine yourself looking trim and sexy in your new bathing suit. Don’t be surprised at how many people tell you your skin is glowing, too!
How to Lose Weight Fast – Just In Time For That Summer Pool Party!