“I need to lose it fast! Like, yesterday,” a reader recently declared. With an upcoming Wakiki vacation where – get this – her husband’s ex-wife will be staying nearby, she wanted a swimsuit-perfect body in just three weeks.
I sent her to my recent Huffington Post blog where I discussed my 12 golden rules for fat loss.
“Can you give me something a little, um, faster?” she replied. Here you go: My top 10 strategies for accelerated, safe fat loss.
- Stay in cycle 1 of The Virgin Diet until you’re within 5 pounds of your goal weight. I still want you to challenge the 4 foods in cycle 2, but you can otherwise more or less live in cycle 1 forever.
- Substitute The Virgin Diet All-in-One Shake for 2 meals a day. Load your shake with raspberries, avocado, kale or other leafy greens, freshly ground flax seed, and unsweetened coconut or almond milk.
- Eliminate fruit or limit it to 1 cup of berries/ cherries a day. Any more than 1 cup can create fructose overload, storing that excess sugar as fat.
- Limit starchy carbs to 1 serving per meal. More than that could slow down fat loss.
- Drink half your weight in water ounces. Keep a canteen nearby and fill it up throughout your day to effortlessly meet your quota.
- Increase your fiber gradually. Your goal is about 50 grams a day from high-fiber foods and Extra Fiber.
- Try this appetite-curbing trick. About 30 – 60 minutes before meals, add a scoop of Extra Fiber to a tall glass of water. You’ll likely find you eat less at meals.
- Get at least 7, but more like 9 hours, of high-quality sleep. See my blog about why too little sleep can knock your fat-burning hormones out of whack. More sleep means more fat burning.
- Do my free 4 x 4 Workout 3 times a week. At just 15 minutes a pop, you can knock it out in less time than it takes to find a parking space at your gym. Grab a free one here.
- Take 30 minutes or an hour for yourself to control stress levels. Remember that stress elevates your hormone cortisol, which breaks down muscle and stores fat. Meditate, breathe deeply, get a massage, or walk your dog around the block. Figure out what works for you and do it.
For more tips to lose fat fast and become your healthiest self, visit EmpowHer, one of my most frequently visited sites for helpful, easy-to-implement nutrition and fitness advice.
What would you add to this list? Do you have an upcoming vacation or other event where you want to lose fat fast? Share your story here or on my Facebook fan page.
© 2014 JJ Virgin & Associates, Inc. Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food intolerances. She is author of New York Times Bestsellers The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days and The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast. JJ is also bestselling author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, a Huffington Post blogger, creator of the 4X4 Burst Training Workout, and co-star of TLC’s Freaky Eaters. Learn more at www.jjvirgin.com.