How to Lose 20 Lbs in 7 Days - Ready, Set, Go!

by : Jennifer Olsson

So, you have problem, -How to lose 20 lbs in 7 days? There is a solution to this problem but it will take some tough dieting and exercising.

First of all, why are you in this position? Why do you need to lose that much weight in such a short period of time?
Wait, don't stop reading because you are likely to find the solution down below.

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Procrastination is one of the main reasons that you are in this position, you could have started this diet a month ago or even a year ago. It would have made your weight loss so much easier but instead your in for a week that you could call 'Hell-week' based on the last week of Navy seals training. Are you going to ring the bell? Are you going to quit on me? No? -Well, drop and give me 50!

OK, time to get serious. Losing weight is all about your eating habits and you exercising habits. Before I became a professional dieter, I had no habits, I ate when I saw fit and exercising? Well, I walk a lot at work. What I really didn't understand was that although I ate less then my skinny friends I was still the fat one but then I realized that this was my problem. No habits and no diet plan makes it hard, not only to lose weight but it makes life harder in general. -Why? Because you blood sugar goes up and down like a yoyo making your pancreas produce large amounts of insulin and 1) Increase the rate that calories are being stored as fat 2) Lowering blood sugar levels making you tired, angry and hungry. People with a fluctuating blood sugar level are those that get cranky between every break at work. After a snack they shine up like the sun but in half an hour they drop like stone.

The first step in to take is to get a stable blood sugar level and this is achieved by eating the 'good' carbs. The 'bad' carbohydrates are those that makes your blood sugar level explode, like, sugar, honey etc. Remember that processed foods of contains a lot of 'bad' carbs and if you buy a non-fat or low-fat product it is still very fattening.

Step 2 in a successful weight loss is that you need to know what you need to eat. Calories are found in three different food ingredients, carbohydrates (read above), protein and fat. A lot of different diets like Atkins, South Beach, Mayo clinic etc have the basic principle of excluding one of the three in the induction-phase and then the re-introduce the nutrient in small quantities in the second phase and so on. I believe that this is the wrong way to start losing weight.

I believe that we need calories from all three because that is the way that every animal eat, humans not excluded. So why chose an unnatural way of losing weight? For instance, the Atkins diet excludes carbs and you are not even allowed to eat a small apple during the induction-phase, does that seem natural?

The trick to fast weight loss is (in my opinion and my own experience) eating all kinds of calories but to eat them at the right time, the latter is crucial. Diets that use calorie-shifting have been used for the latest decades, have you ever heard of the Danish (not the pastry, the country) National Hospitals diet? They made a diet years ago that used this strategy the only problem was that you needed to be very strict, you had to weigh your foods etc making it hard to follow.

Today there is a development of this strategy that helps your metabolism speed up. Eating a different kind of calorie than what your body expects makes your body burn fat.

With this diet alone (no exercise) you could lose 20 lbs in 20 days, but you are in hurry, right?

To speed up your weight loss you should do fat burning exercises, like running, aerobics, spinning etc. If you still aim at being 20 lbs lighter by the next week you really need to get started. It is probably possible to lose 20 lbs in 7 days if you include the loss of water weight meaning the water that you lose during the diet. In my perspective nothing is impossible, but this is close to it.

Good luck in losing weight, you now know the basics of a successful diet!