Ok, so you have a wedding coming up in a week and you needed results yesterday…
How do you get skinny in a week?
By manipulating the following:
- Caloric intake
- Water retention
- Physical activity
But let’s face it, there is so much contradictory – and dangerous – information out there that rapid weight loss can be impossible to figure out.
Even worse, if you don’t watch what you are doing all the weight will come back with a vengeance. And does it really make sense to break your back losing a lot of weight if it’s all going to come back and then some?
No, it doesn’t.
So in this tutorial on how to get skinny in a week I am going to show you the right way to drastically change your body on short notice.
Step 1: Cut Out All Sodium
Stay away from processed foods, table salt and read the nutrition facts for any frozen food you eat.
Unfortunately, a lot of “all natural” frozen foods have extra sodium added to them.
What’s the big deal with sodium? It makes your body retain water and can exacerbate the effects of estrogen – a water storing hormone.
Step 2: Drink More Water
Ironically, drinking water allows your body to get rid of more water.
Because if you are dehydrated your plasma osmolarity (concentration of nutrients in your blood) will change and your body will hold onto more water.
And more water retention translates into a bigger you.
Step 3: Cut Out Carbohydrates
Cutting out carbohydrates completely will allow you to get skinnier in a week. Not only will you burn more fat, but you will also empty out a lot of stored muscle water.
This water is not under your skin, but it’s inside your muscle.
You see, every gram of carbohydrate that gets stored in your muscle pulls in three grams of water.
So if you stop eating carbohydrates, your body will dump all this extra water.
This is why women who follow an Atkins-like diet notice such rapid weight loss.
But there is a catch: not eating carbohydrates will put you in ketosis within a couple days. And ketosis is not easy to maintain.
Now if you can live with less drastic results I recommend cycling your carbohydrates to avoid the negative side effects. Although you won’t get skinny as quickly, you will still see change. More on this later…
But let’s assume that you want the most dramatic results regardless of effort required. Here is what you need to do here:
- Supplement your diet with calcium
- Increase water intake
- Increase protein intake
- Eat fat
- Supplement with caffeine
If you cut out carbohydrates you are going to have to eat more protein so your body has a baseline amount of nutrients from which it can produce energy.
But higher protein intakes dehydrate you – protein requires 700% more water than carbs or fat for digestion – and they make you secrete more calcium.
So drink more water and supplement with calcium to avoid any potential issues here.
Also, don’t cut out fat from your diet. You can’t survive on protein alone, you need fat.
If you don’t believe me look up “rabbit starvation diet.”
Now you are still going to feel lethargic even after implementing these strategies. So make sure you supplement your diet with caffeine.
You can take it in tablet form or in liquid form – coffee, green tea, yerba mate, energy drinks.
Having caffeine will not only energize you, but it will also flush out any lingering water.
But I am going to be honest here. Even if you take massive amounts of caffeine your energy will still plummet after a couple days of carbohydrate restriction. So it’s your call whether or not it’s worth it.
Step 4: Exercise To Get Skinny In A Week
Exercise will flush out even more water, protect your metabolism, burn some extra calories and help you lose extra weight.
The key here is to NOT exercise with a high level of intensity because your body will not be able to recover. Besides, in this situation you are not using exercise for long term weight loss.
You are simply using it to flush out some extra water and to maintain your lean muscle mass.
But why is maintaining your lean muscle mass so important?
Because if your body does not receive the right exercise stimulus it will simply break down a lot of muscle tissue which will decrease your metabolic rate and slow down weight loss.
And once you stop dieting you will suffer from massive weight gain rebound.
So you have to do some moderate/light resistance training to avoid this.
Stay away from heavy weights – they cause too much stress in your body – and exercise your entire body 1-2 times during the week.
And if you are getting skinny for a special event, exercise right before hand.
Pre-event exercise will increase blood flow throughout your body which will give you that youthful and radiant glow.
Step 5: Sleep As Much As Possible During The Night
When you are asleep you don’t feel anything. Because of this, it’s easiest to lose weight when you are sleeping. You won’t feel your stomach growl and the hunger pangs won’t haunt you.
To take full advantage of this I strongly recommend tapering down your caloric intake as the day progresses. Right before bed you should feel hungry, but not so ravenous that you can’t fall asleep. Then, once you fall asleep your body will start to burn through a lot of fat because your caloric intake has been lowered.
So experiment here and find the optimal late day meal size.
Also, your body is going to need extra sleep anyways to recover from your workouts and the stress of carbohydrate restriction.
How To Get Skinny In A Week By Cycling Carbohydrates
What if carbohydrate restriction isn’t for you but you still want to get skinner in a week?
You will have to cycle your intake of carbohydrates.
Unfortunately, I can’t give you any specific numbers here because each body reacts differently. But the general gist here is to tapper down carbohydrate intake on the days you don’t exercise and maintain intake on the days you do.
The amount of tapering down you do will depend on your tolerance.
A simple strategy that you could potentially follow, however, is to not eat carbs on the days you don’t exercise.
This will prevent you from entering ketosis while still providing you with the benefits of complete carbohydrate restriction.
Experiment here and figure out what works best for you.
Parting Words On How To Get Skinny In A Week
Having to lose weight quickly is not fun, but you can drastically change the appearance of your body as long as you are willing to put forth the effort.
Just remember that the strategies outlined above are short term. I do not recommend them for long term, sustainable weight loss.
Having said that, all you have to do now is take action.
Because without action you will never get skinnier.
To your skinny success!