Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Here is a 7-day diet which will help you to shed pounds if you really follow in the correct way :)

Before you start your diet:
Preparing yourself mentally and physically is very important to the success of this diet. A few days before you plan to start you should make sure you have done the following:

1. Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and determine what you intend to achieve

2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day to prime the body to shed weight as well as perform detox activities. Absolutely NO CAFFEINE OR ALCOHOL

3. Stock up on foods you need for the next 7 days – fruits, vegetables, skim milk, lean meats/fish etc.

4. Weigh yourself, and of course, take the following very seriously.

DAY 1:
Fruits. All fruits are allowed except bananas.
The first day starts with fruit because it is a natural way to normalize the body and prepare it for the upcoming days of the diet.

Fruits have multiple benefits – they are fat free and are low in calories compared to other foods most of us normally eat. Fruits also flush out the system thereby enhancing the detox process.

DAY 2:
Vegetables. Either stir-fry or salads. Start the day with one baked or boiled potato to make up for loss of energy from Day One. Upto one teaspoon of olive oil can be used as salad dressing today.

This day starts off with a baked potato since all you have had the previous day is fruit which is easily digested. The potato ensures you have energy for the day as well as energy to continue to remain on the diet. The vegetables you will eat today are for fibre as well as nutrition. Vegetables have a moderate quantity of carbohydrates - but more importantly, they are rich in minerals and vitamins. The fibre activates your system for the detox process.

DAY 3:
Fruits and vegetables – as much as you want. No bananas and no potatoes

Day 3 is an effective way of combining days 2 and 3 and getting the benefits of both days. Your body chemistry is changing because you are not getting any refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, excessive sodium and artificial flavour enhancers and additives. Your body is getting completely natural nutrition – which will optimize the weight loss process.

DAY 4:
Bananas and milk. You can eat upto 8 bananas and 3 glasses of skim milk to restore potassium levels
Day 4 is meant to make up for the reduced levels of calcium (from milk), potassium (from bananas) and carbohydrates and fibre (from bananas). Although you are allowed to have 8 bananas today, you might not have the craving to eat all the bananas.

DAY 5:

Protein and Tomatoes. You can have a piece of meat/fish either grilled or baked for lunch and dinner with tomatoes.

Today is the day to make up for all the protein in your system. The meat will give you protein and if you consume fish, you will get your share of Omega 3 Fatty acids which do wonders for health. The tomatoes give you fibre and minerals – in particular lycopene which is a super-food for the human body. Eating the tomatoes will also aid in flushing out the system

DAY 6:

Protein and vegetables. Same as Day Five except, add more vegetables either in salad or stir fry form

Day 6 is a lot like Day 5 – only that you need to eat as many vegetables instead of restricting yourself to tomatoes.

DAY 7:
Fruits, vegetables and juices. Consume an assortment of fruits, vegetables and vegetable juices. Half a cup of brown rice is optional – but not recommended.

You are now on your last day of the diet. You might feel a little weak this morning because your body has not consumed too much carbohydrate in the last 2 days. Today, you can eat fruits, vegetables and vegetable juices. Brown rice is optional but not recommended if you want to see weight loss.

After you finish:

Congratulations on making it to Day 8. This diet takes endurance and discipline but also has many benefits. When you wake up on Day 8, weigh yourself first thing in the morning to determine the amount of weight lost. This will be a huge motivational factor for any future times you think of doing this diet.

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