Research has shown that 66% of adults in America are overweight or obese so if you’re carrying extra weight, you’re not the only one.
Everyone who exercises shares the chief objective of losing weight, and with great reason. Getting fit and reaching a healthy weight prevents diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and can control blood pressure, cholesterol, and even blood sugar.
However, just exercise is not enough to jump start your body into shedding weight. But instant improvement and rapid results in the first two weeks of exercise can serve as tremendous motivation.
The down side of numerous diets out there is that they are not nutritionally balanced and often pull off weight loss through muscle loss or dehydration.
However, there is a balanced diet out there that can have you shedding pounds fast. The diet has a two-week duration and can jump start your body into weight loss mode. Losing five or six pounds during these two weeks and feeling your pants getting loser will only motivate you further to step up your weight loss routine to the next level.
The diet recommends 1,600 – 1,800 calories each day and no matter where you are in your fitness routine, you will lose a few pounds if you eat this way for two weeks. But please note that this is a starter diet and is intended for no longer than two weeks.
Breakfast: Have a half-liter of tea (2-3 normal cups of tea) to start your day. You can even add a spoonful of honey and some skim milk if you’d like. Sip within the first hour of waking up.
Morning Snack: Drink two glasses of water then eat two servings of fruit. Ideally, eat a banana with any other fruit of your choice. Apples, pears, strawberries or plums are all great choices.
Lunch: Drink another two glasses of water before eating. For lunch, enjoy another piece of fruit alongside a sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato but no mayonnaise or mustard. Some suggestions include turkey, ham and cheese, or plain tuna.
Afternoon snack: Drink two more glasses of water and eat a protein bar either in the afternoon or before working out. It’s important to eat a carbohydrate snack paired with some protein before exercising in order to get the complete benefit of exercising and to prevent hitting the hunger wall while training.
Dinner: Once again, drink a glass of water. For your last meal, eat a salad, a serving of fruit or vegetables, and a serving or either fish or lean meat.