If you have a high school reunion or wedding staring you in the face, you may be wondering exactly how to get thin in two weeks. Unfortunately, if you have more than about four or five pounds to lose, you're just not going to be able to get thin in two weeks, but you can use the event as an excuse to jump start your weight loss. Here are a few ideas to help you get as thin as possible in two weeks without resorting to unhealthy behaviors. The good news is, unlike fad diets and fasts, these tips will help you continue to lose weight even after the party is over.
- Cut down on salt. If you really only have two weeks to get thin, cutting back on your salt intake may be the single most effective step you can take. It won't help you lose fat, but it will help you get rid of excess fluids that can make you look bloated. The goal isn't to dehydrate yourself, so remember to keep drinking plenty of zero-calorie fluids. Reducing your salt intake alone could help you lose two to four pounds in just a few days.
- Change your diet. Two weeks isn't really a long time if you're trying to get thin, but it's a start. Experts recommend you lose no more than two pounds per week. Since each pound equals 3,500 calories, that means eliminating 7,000 calories per week, either through diet, exercise, or hopefully a combination of the two. Start by finding an online weight loss calendar that will calculate how many calories you need to eat per day to maintain your current weight. A good calculator will take information like height, body type, age, and activity level into account. After you learn how much you should be eating to maintain your weight, set you daily calorie total 500 calories below that. That way, you'll be halfway to your weight loss goal through diet.
- Exercise. If you want to lose two pounds per week, that means getting rid of 1,000 calories per day. You're already halfway there with your diet. Now you just need to burn another 500 calories per day through exercise. Unfortunately, that's harder than it sounds. Find an online calorie counter and figure out how long you'd have to do your exercise of choice every day to burn 500 calories per day. If you combine this step with the diet suggestion above, you'll be on track to lose two pounds per week. You might not be able to get thin in two weeks, but you can certainly get at least four pounds thinner in two weeks.
- Eliminate alcohol. Alcohol is full of empty calories that are likely to temp you to overeat and sleep in instead of working out. It will be very hard to make any weight loss progress, let alone get thin in two weeks, if you're splurging on booze.