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How to Lose 7 Pounds in 5 Days

Weighed in this morning at 173 pounds.

That's a 7 pound loss since last Monday.

Yesterday I stayed on the beef jerky diet, eating 8 ounces of jerky over the day, with 4 cans of Diet Coke. I also had what amounted to about 3 cans of water, when you factor in the ice in my cup. Well ok, in the evening I also had 3 baby pickles, but those 3 pickles still measured out to 0 fat, and 0 carbs, based on the nutrition label.

So how did I lose 7 pounds over 5 days?

Four of those days were on the beef jerky diet, which is what I described above, limiting myself to 8 ounces of jerky, spread out over the day, and supplementing that with low-fat, low-carb drinks, in this case Diet Coke. But on a few of those days I also had a couple cans of vegetable juice. Among juices, vegetable juice is fairly low-carb. And I happen to like vegetable juice anyways, I get low sodium V8.

One of those days, Thursday, was spent off the diet. I ate whatever I would normally eat. In this case, it was 1 1/2 plate fulls of ravioli my wife made, along with four slices of garlic bread. I also drank down a half-gallon of V8 Fusion, which is higher carb. And I had one beer.

I also exercised each day. In my case, it was walking for 2 miles every day. Yesterday, I managed to jog for about 1/2 mile along the way. I also did some yard work on Thursday.

Soaking in a hot bath helps a little. The higher temperatures gets the heart rate pumping faster, and that burns a little more calories. It also makes you sweat, which helps remove the water and sodium in your body, which is particular because eating lots of jerky equates to a lot of sodium, causing water retention.

Getting rid of boredom. When I'm bored, I tend to think about food. So I tried to keep myself focused on other things at all times.

Finally determination is a big factor, probably the biggest. Any diet will help you lose weight, but it's the determination that ultimately spells success. For me, I kept sight of my goal, anytime I felt tempted to cheat. I weighed myself every morning to keep track of my progress. I used this blog to help focus my mind.

Spreading the jerky around all day is important. First, to eat a couple of pieces in the morning is key towards jump starting your metabolism. Then eating a little bit each hour helps keep something in your belly which keeps the metabolism going all day, and staves off the hunger pains. And then, keeping yourself busy throughout the day helps take your mind off of eating.

Well, that was just one week.

Today being Saturday, I'm taking myself off the diet, jumping on the motorcycle and going riding. Probably eat a burger and grab a few beers. I'll no doubt gain a couple pounds doing this. Sunday is another off day. Hopefully by Monday, I will have only gained 3-4 pounds. That would still net me a 3-4 pound loss.

If I can sustain that pattern over a month, I should be able to effect a 10 pound loss.

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