Losing weight for a weigh in
If you have to reach a weight goal for sports or military service soon, there are a few last-minute things you can do to reach your goal weight. These suggestions are only temporary, and some may be dangerous.
Remove all body hair: If you're going into the military, they're going to shave your head anyway.
Lose water weight: Cut sodium intake to reduce water retention. Processed foods are particularly bad for this, as are sports drinks. Natural diuretics like tea and lemon juice will lower the amount of water stored by your body.
Use the bathroom before the weigh-in: This may be obvious, but shouldn't be forgotten. This can knock as much as a pound off your weight.
Try to weigh in the morning: A combination of sweating and abstaining from food overnight plus the bathroom use achieved in the morning can mean one or two pounds of weight loss compared to the night before.
Losing weight long-term
If you want to look trim, you should eat and exercise like people who look the trimmest: bodybuilders. To get down to their competition weights, they go on "cutting" regimens. Note that I said diet AND exercise. You must do both.
Several diets today combine equal parts whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and lean protein. Healthy fats, like those found in avocados, nuts, fish, and olives are also acceptable.
Notice that refined sugars aren't this list, but other than that there are no "forbidden" foods. You can have one "cheat" meal a week where you can eat what you like. This keeps cravings to a minimum and keeps your body in fat burning mode.
If this is too complicated, try diet shakes. Drink one in the morning, one for lunch, and have a dinner based on the plan above.
Do lots of cardio. If you haven't been active before, walking may be a good way to start. Low impact exercise can be done daily, but high impact should only be done every other day to let your body recover.
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