Instead of scrolling through other people's inspiring before-and-after weight loss success stories noting that none of them are your own, now's the time to get working on yourself. Whether you're just looking to tone up or are wanting to drop a pound or two, a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise can put you on the right track to your ideal weight goal.
But before you start thinking about stocking up on protein shakes and thinking about the best post workout meals to add to your weekly grocery list, it's important to start your weight loss journey at a slow and steady pace. Because, when it comes to losing weight, just like everything in life, we need to a little bit of inspiration to achieve our goals.
Luckily, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke's trainer, James Duigan, who knows a thing or two about getting (and keeping) celebs in shape, has come on board to shares his top tips for staying on the fast track to 10 pounds in two weeks.
Just be sure you follow the rules of the plan, eat two snacks from the snack list per day and stick to the portion sizes.
Five Tips to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks
You could lose two to four pounds a week (up to 10 pounds for heavier women), depending on your starting weight. The total daily calorie count is 1300 to 1700 calories. This compares to the average of 2000 to 2500 a day.
- Eat lots of green vegetables or take a fiber supplement. Fiber helps reduce "bat wings" and "bingo arms" by eliminating toxins.
- Limit alcohol to four standard drinks a week. A four-ounce glass of wine replaces one snack.
- Your body converts wheat to sugar faster than any other grain. So try and avoid bread and pasta, if you can.
- One coffee per day is allowed. After that, drink green tea.
- Studies show that low-fat yogurts, for instance, are loaded with sugar and sodium to make up for the blandness of having no fat. So, eat real butter, yogurt, milk, and cheese. Keep the doses small, though.
Choose two a day.
- 1 apple and 1 matchbox-sized serve full-fat cheese
- Vegetable sticks and 1/4 cup hummus
- 1 piece of fruit and a handful of nuts
- 4 oz. natural yogurt with berries, cinnamon, and almonds
- 1 small latte
- Make a yogurt paddle pop (with fruit and nuts)
- Frozen grapes and bananas
- Fruit smoothie with added fiber or bran
- 4 squares of dark chocolate
- Green smoothie (blend up celery, cucumber, lime, ginger, mint)
Measurements to Keep in Mind
- 1 serving of rice or pasta = a fist
- 1 piece of meat, fish, or chicken = the size and width of a deck of cards
- 1 serving of cheese = one slice, or 4 small cubes that could fit in a matchbox
- 1 serving of butter = your fingertip
Note: Do not embark on a vigorous exercise program without speaking to your doctor first. This advice is general only and does not replace the advice of your doctor or exercise physiologist.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.